When people hear the word millennials older generations usually panic, and get worked up. Millennials are known for their bad reputation. But this is untrue, this younger generation is the best. Despite what they have done to better today’s society older generations still accuse the millennials of being lazy, narcissistic, and good for nothing. But older generations do not want to acknowledge that millennials are actually most concerned about lifelong learning. Lifelong learning is the pursuit of knowledge and skills needed for personal fulfillment.
Older generations should stop bashing all millennials. Millennials are not lazy they just manage their time differently. They are greatly diverse, tolerable, educated, ambitious, and engaged. Upon reviewing Catherine Rampells’ A Generation of Slackers? Not So Much, Emily Crocketts’ Why Millennials Aren’t Lazy Entitled Narcissists and Kevin H. Johnsons’ Enough With The Millenials Bashing articles, millennials are not extremely self-centered and do not have an exaggerated sense of self-importance, are not less virtuous and are more industrious than their elders, but they always do work best collaboratively.
Older generations believe that millennials today are extremely self-centered and have an exaggerated sense of self-importance. However, this generation has done everything but be lazy; they have taken time out of their lives to serve the community and participated in things that do not actually benefit them, but the community. According to Catherine Rampell, “Defying the narcissism stereotype, community service among young people has exploded. Between 1989 and 2006, the share of teenagers who were volunteering doubled, to 26.4 percent from 13.
4 percent, according to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service” (23). In other words, millennials have been committed over the years by volunteering in their community, more than any other generation. Many high schoolers now have to complete a certain amount of hours before graduating and some even go beyond and above. In addition to serving their community, the younger generation has been working for internship jobs for several hours a week ranging from twenty-five hours to forty hours, which they do not get any benefits from or get paid. Millennials have been working just to gain work experience. The older generations also do not comprehend that today’s economy is not in the best shape for millennials in the workforce. To get a job in today’s economy, is greatly hard, most jobs require a degree of some sort. The older generation had it easier to get a job year back they would not necessarily ask for a degree but would mostly care if they just had some sort of prior experience and they would still get some good benefits. Emily Crockett and Student Nation address “It’s outrageous to connect Millennials’ supposedly “stunted” intellectual growth with the popularity of keeping them on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26, when the reality is that “good jobs” with benefits are harder to find”. For instance, now when seeking a job millennials need to furthermore their education after high school because jobs nowadays are harder to find with good benefits.
Youths today are not less virtuous and industrious than their elders. Millennials are virtuous because they have a good attitude in believing that every individual is equal and each individual deserve the same equal rights and opportunities. Older generations still do not seem to notice that, this has contributed to be a bigger challenge for millennials. Millennials have values in their work ethic and their actions have gotten them known and not for what others have done, but by their own efforts. Millennials uphold higher expectations than past generations. They value are independent and very responsible. A value they have shown is being independent they get what needs to be done, done, without anyone telling them what to get done. They have also grown into learning the meaning of responsibility by their everyday lives. Kevin H. Johnson asserts in his companies survey that “Millennials give their education preparation high marks, and 73% also recognize they’ll have to continue gaining new skills”. Specifically, this survey emphasizes a particular point, millennials wanting to further their education and acknowledge all the different characteristics they still have to learn, to provide for their future education. Millennials are willing to work hard, only if worked on their own terms. As claimed by Emily Crockett and the Student Nations’, “Millennials want greater flexibility in how, when, and where they work-not because they’re spoiled but so they can work smarter and more efficiently.” What Crockett means is that millennials want to work effectively so they can produce the best results in their workplace.
Millennials are the largest population and most occupied workforce classification. Harmony is something Millennials actually love. Having grown up in an environment that generates teamwork, most Millenials like working in groups and highly prefer a sense of agreement and collaboration over being separated and having competition. Rampell states, “To older workers, wanting help looks like laziness; to younger workers, the gains that come from teamwork have learned from the collaborative nature of their childhood activities, which include social networks, crowd-sourcing and even video games like World of Warcraft that “emphasizes cooperative rather than individual competition,” Mr. Tapscott says” (23/24). Rampell insists that millennials at a young age have been thought to work collaboratively. She gives an example about video games showing that young gamers work effectively as a team to achieve the goal of the game (to win).
To conclude, bashing and putting down millennials will not motivate them as our future generation in accomplishing their goals. If the bashing continues the next generation will be slowly become and uphold the negative perspective that the older generation has assumed of them.