If you're a recent college graduate, there's a good chance you're a member of the Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y), which comprises individuals born between 1977 and 1998. I'm one of them.
There are numerous qualities and phrases that are frequently used to characterize us Echo Boomers, including: technology-obsessed, friends=family, individualistic, and multitaskers. But perhaps the most commonly used word associated with our generation is entitled.
Of course there are always exceptions, but for the most part, we Millennials grew up believing that we should get what we want, merely because we "deserve it."
For example, on our soccer teams everyone got a trophy merely because they participated, while golden stars were given to those with the best grades in the classroom -- as well as those who "tried their best."
Trouble is, the business world doesn't work that way. You don't get a pat on the back for every job well done, and your boss doesn't owe you a promotion merely because you have remained employed for "X" amount of time.
Our parents always told us, "Just do your best; that's all that matters." But the truth is, merely "doing your best" doesn't always cut it. Therefore, Meillennials have to keep in mind that they're neither going to be the CEO of the company nor the TV anchor of the newscast the moment they walk through the door.
Picking up boxes and answering the phone isn't beneath you. But don't worry, there's light at the end the tunnel! The sooner Millennials come to the realization that working hard and putting in long hours is the quickest way to the top, the better chance they have of achieving the success they desire.