Plot Twist: Maybe being a millennial isn't THAT bad

Updated: Feb 19

Hey guys, Maggie here.

Buckle your seatbelt because we're about to go on a tangent. *Rubs hands together* Ready? Let's go.

Here's the first thing I'm going to stress, I AM NOT A MILLENNIAL... I don't think. Depending on what resource you look at, I could be either a Millennial or part of Generation Z (also known as post-millennial or the iGeneration.)

I, along with the others born in the late '90s, float in this gooey area of unknown. Most of us can remember Dial-up and VHS tapes. We've all heard our fair share of cassettes and can recall the hype of the portable CD player and the infamous hit clip. Now that we're becoming adults, we can look back at a lot of technological advances and forward to even more.

I was born in 1996, and as hard as I fight, I frequently get lumped into the big messy ball that is "millennial."

But why is that SUCH a bad thing? As soon as someone questions my age or labels me as a Millennial, I instantly feel the need to defend myself. It's almost like an insult. It's a "bad word" that people spit out as if it left them with an awful taste in their mouth.

Millennials are labeled as destructive, lazy, entitled, worthless ... must I go on? There's a lot of bad connotations surrounding Millennials, but from what I can see, there's also quite a bit of good.

Millennials grew up on the heels of Gen X, a generation that wanted the best for their children, and ground into our brains the importance of a good education. "With a good education comes a good job and financial stability." Right?

Harnessing this mindset, we've developed a strong work ethic. Growing up during a significant technological revolution has gifted us with an ability to adapt and multi-task. Mindsets shifted in the mid to late 2010s, and creativity became more accepted. From our teenage years on, we've been encouraged to think outside of the box.

Combine that with the fact that by the end of 2020, the Millennial generation is expected to make up nearly half of the US workforce, and we've suddenly got an overwhelming need to prove ourselves against the competition.

Don't count us out just yet; we just might be some of the best employees you've ever had.