This week’s post will look at the opposite side of the conversation about the millennial generation. Part 1 can be found here.
Claim #2: The Next Greatest Generation
After several rants about the abomination of this generation and the wreckage it brings to the world in which they live they point out a sum of positive traits this generation has cultivated. This generation may have been robbed of experiencing the outside during the summer, but perhaps with their unlimited access to international integration of their world they no longer believe that things or goals are out of their reach. A recent study shows that 89% of millennials surveyed believed “ I am confident that eventually I will get what I want out of life”. Millennials are seeking newer experiences over materialistic items and are starting to realize it is not always about the compensation but the high demands of atmospheric expectations millennials are drawn to. Companies like DreamWorks are responding to the 25% of their employee base under the age of 30 with items to meet this demand. They offer a wide variety of experiential classes throughout the day including painting, photography, sculpting, jujitsu and have continued their 96% retention success rate.
A recent study published by Wells Fargo and featured in Forbes indicated that over one third of Millennials regret going to college believing that with the high cost of student loans and the lowered belief they will land a job to pay back their education is cited as one of the largest contributing factors. “The Wells Fargo survey found that 79% of millennials think personal finance should be taught in high school; basic investing, how to save for retirement and how loans work were the top three topics they “wished” they’d learned more about.” This generation is demanding more and to do it differently than their parents, which is probably true of every generation, but this one in particular I feel is demanding greater and higher
quality life experiences versus previous generations bent on pushing the envelope in rebellion.
“So, yes, we all have the data about narcissism and laziness and entitlement. But a generation’s greatness isn’t determined by the data; it’s determined by how they react to challenges that befall them. And, just as important, by how we react to them. Whether you think millennials are the new greatest generation of optimistic entrepreneurs or a group of 80 million people about to implode in a dwarf star of tears when their expectations are
largely depends on how you view change. Me, I choose to believe in the children. God knows they do.”
Personally, I have to say that I have a bias towards the millennial generation. I find it a great privilege daily working with millennials to overcome stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship chaos in their world. They are resilient to a measure that I cannot describe and constantly amaze and surprise me with their creative, inspiring and forward-thinking ways of dealing with and overcoming life.