Get Over it Millennials, You're Not Entitled to Anything

raiseIf 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.

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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.

Lauren Brookmeyer

Lauren Brookmeyer


Lauren Brookmeyer is a communications director for a New York State Senator.  During her recent college career, she has been recognized nationally for both her producing and reporting. Like many members of the Millennial Generation, Brookmeyer is working her very hardest to remain competitive in a tough economic climate. Graduating college a semester early with a journalism background, she worked a few months for a major news network in Manhattan. However, upon quickly discovering that the news world was simply not the right fit, Brookmeyer revamped her resume, coupled her experience in communications with her passion for politics, and transitioned into her current position. She will be offering up personal advice on how to hunt for a job and how to be successful once you land that job. 

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Feeling squeezed by boomers refusing to retire, a globalized supply of skilled labor and schools peddling useless degrees so you can 'follow your dreams'? Don't worry, there's light at the end of the tunnell! If all the millenials just work harder for lower wages, it will all turn out allright!

May 22 2012 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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