Time and time again we hear all these news articles, blog posts, interviews, tweets, and whatnot about the next up-and-coming generation, the Millennials. Roughly people born between 1982-2004, although most would consider the “core” of Millennials to be in the ‘85-’95 range.
Within the next 10 years Millennials will make up about 75% of the U.S. workforce. They have already passed the Gen X-er’s as the largest labor force currently. So I guess the pressure’s on?
As a person born in 1989, I guess you could consider me someone that’s right in the middle of all this hustle and bustle. But what does that mean exactly?
We are the group of people who were coming-of-age during a recession, a vast majority of us are drowning in student loan debt, many still live at home with their parents, and/or are struggling to find work that can not only support ourselves but be relevant and fulfilling.
We are the ones that slowly grew up with technology as it started to expand and integrate into our daily lives. My first cell phone was that gold Nokia brick phone at 13. I used AOL instant messenger, sent people e-cards, and used chat rooms for fun.
Growing up during the 90’s/2000’s meant Gigapets, Furby’s, Beanie Babies, Pokemon cards, Nickelodeon, The Spice Girls, Napster, Gameboys, Sailor Moon, and the original American Girl book series. I was 11 years old when we had the Y2K “scare”.
Millennials tend to be very socially conscious. We like to help out a good cause, we care about the things that we do or use and it’s effects on the rest of the world, we like honesty and transparency. We appreciate those who can just be themselves, speak their truth, and somehow craft that into something that can spread good into society. It’s not just about money or becoming rich, successful, powerful, and not caring about who you step on on the way up.
I like to be stimulated, when things have meaning, and don’t like to feel too stuck to one specific thing as I’m multi-passionate.
We like purpose and clarity. We’re more conscious of what we put into our bodies and what companies/organizations we support. We have a lot of energy and like to dedicate it to things that bring us happiness. We are on an endless search for contentment and excitement.
And that’s not to say that other generations don’t feel the same way or want the same things. It just seems like Millennials have amplified that need and have no qualms about going after it head-on.
We support equality across the board and advocate for it 24/7.
But maybe that’s just me. I grew up questioning everything, always hungry for more than what was offered to me, and with a disdain for too much authority. I swing between being stubborn and indecisive. I’m starved for travel and exploration but absolutely need alone time and staying in alongside it. I value freedom and independence above everything else.
With that all being said, I’m pretty excited to see what our generation can bring to the table. Not only in the workforce but humanity as a whole.
As cheesy as it may sound, this is a golden opportunity to find yourself and be who you want to be. And that doesn’t have to mean some grandiose New-Age revamped idea of the American Dream. It could be just being content with what you have right now and finding the gratitude in that.
Cheers to growing up and adulting all over the place (in a non-dirty way),