Yes, We are Millenials and Yes, We are Awesome

By Andrea Rosillo, Tax Intern, Dallas Office'Why are we labeling a bunch of insulated self-indulgent whiny cry babies 'millennials'?'

If you’re reading this, there is a pretty good chance you are a Millenial – enthusiastic, multicultural, entrepreneurial, optimistic, educated and now-focused. Does that sound like you? That’s not surprising; there are about 53.7 million of us and we pretty much rule!!

I know I don’t speak for everyone, but I can honestly say: I am proud to be a Millenial [read: proud]. I also know that most of us don’t agree with all stereotypes aligned with our age group but I would like to shed some light on the attributes, which I find to be generally accurate, that we should actually be reinforcing to create a competitive edge for ourselves.

But first, I think it is essential to understand just who the label “Millenial” applies to. There seems to be a large misconception that has actually led members of this group to rudely judge others of their own brotherhood by saying things like “Oh Millenials, they are way too optimistic…” and “Gosh they are such tech junkies…”

Newsflash for those that didn’t want to admit it (yes, say it aloud and say it proud) but are, in fact, Millenials:


Now that you’ve finally accepted your designation in the workplace (according to sociologists, but mainly just media) let’s highlight those characteristics that you should be proud of and work in your favor, both inside and outside of work:

  • Passionate:
    • For many years, a favorite tag-line for leaders has been “Follow your passion no matter what” and many have written it down as an inspirational quote but it wasn’t making an impact until Millenials actually started chasing that passion, regardless of challenges and social status.
    • Many Millenials would agree that the concept of “work-life balance” is a myth. In the end, the company you work for is only able to create one or two policies that may help with creating a flexible schedule that works for you but that is as far as that can go without them giving away the same salary for less hours worked.
      • Instead, we are now focused on finding a career/workplace that aligns best with our interests and passions so that we may spend the majority of our time invested in something we believe in and that will consequently, make your work life and personal life fit.
  • Risk-Takers:
    • You’ve probably heard (and maybe even used) the abbreviated phrase “FOMO” (Fear of Missing Out) and as weird as it might be to hear it coming out of your mouth at first, it ties back to a positive characteristic we share:
      • Millenials are willing to take necessary, mainly-calculated risks in the spur of the moment and seek rewarding experiences regardless of the difficulty of the challenge.
  • Flexible:
    • No, not the body-kind of flexible (although some of us do share that innate talent). 🙂
    • Millenials are open to change, new perspectives, and diversity of thought and background.
    • Life is short and if you are unhappy with what your career looks like right this minute, no one can help you change it except for yourself. YOU are your strongest proponent and you need to choose what you are allowing yourself to experience.
  • We need more than just the “work hard, play hard”…
    • We need a mission. We care about the value we are personally adding to a project, a company, or even one single client.
    • We need clear objectives, defined timeframes and distinct levels of accomplishment that we can tangibly measure.
    • Most importantly, when we achieve those levels, we want to see (no, not literally) opportunities and badges of success present themselves because that is what companies constantly promise their prospective employees: opportunities to grow and visible appreciation for hard work.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about what makes Millenials stand out, at least in my humble opinion.

And for those of us who need a tangible presentation of inspiration to follow our dreams and passions (regardless of age or where you fall in the generation categories), I deeply encourage you to watch the following heart-warming video that will surely make your day! 🙂

caines_arcade_smileCaine’s Arcade


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