The Millennial Mindset

Refuse to Settle

I believe there is a huge gap between what has always been done by older generations, and what millennials now want to see in the world. This gap has created tremendous problems in education, politics, and the workplace; especially in the workplace. We simply just look at things differently. Older generations don’t understand why.

I quit the first full-time job I ever had, and I quit because I wasn’t happy there. I refuse to settle for a job if I feel that it’s not going to be the right fit for me. Older generations were willing to stick around for 5-10 years. I didn’t last more than 3 months. Talking about these points with my mom, she brought up the fact that millennials are young right now. The majority of us don’t have families, kids, or other huge responsibilities currently in our lives. Of course it’s easier for us to not settle. We have nothing to lose.

My mom then asked, “I wonder if millennials will have that same mindset in 10-15 years?” my answer is yes. Yes, we will. I believe our mindset will not change for three main reasons:

  1. Technology (Opportunity)
  2. Our Parents
  3. Culture

1. Technology: Technology has changed the world we live in. There’s no doubt about it. One thing technology has done for millennials is open up opportunities. I can go on my phone right now and send in resumes for 15 jobs near me. Generations before me didn’t have that option. Good jobs seemed rarer back then, making them more valuable. If you had an okay job that paid good, it was in your best interest to keep it. That is not the case in today’s world.

2. Our Parents: Millennials’ parents raised us to believe that we are special; that we can achieve anything we desire in this world. That’s now used to point to the fact that we are entitled. But I was molded into the person I am today by that belief, and I promise you, that’s not going away anytime soon. I’ve been inspired by people who achieved their dreams against all odds. Yes, my parents may have told me that’s possible my whole life, but now I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I want that life for myself.

3. Culture: Right now in the workplace, with older generations in charge, it’s not acceptable to have five different jobs in five years. To an employer, that exemplifies unreliability, or an inability to be a part of a team. A good job candidate is someone who has a track record of sticking around for the long-term. In 10-15 years, millennials will be in leadership roles, and job hopping will no longer be looked at as unacceptable. Instead, it will be seen as someone who refuses to settle, and as an employer, it will become your responsibility to incentivize employees to stay, rather than make them feel that they are trapped there.

In 10-15 years, I will have the exact same mindset. At that time, I will have kids, I will have a family, and I will have bigger responsibilities in my life. But I also plan on being happy. There’s no way I could be happy settling for a reliable job that pays me just enough to take care of my family and be comfortable, at the expense of my happiness. That’s why I’m taking the steps I am right now to ensure that never happens.

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