For those of you still figuring out if you are millennial or not, if you are born in the 80s or the 90s and after, chances are, yes, you are a millennial. While there are no exact time frame for when the generation starts, and arguments are abuzz on whether it includes those born in the 80s, the fact is that this is the biggest population make up. Whatever the case might be, be you a strawberry generation or a durian generation, here are some tips on how you can be a successful millennial!
We know what’s on the top of your list: social media – but that aside, we are talking about future plans. Most millennials have no idea what they would like to do when they graduate, and at times, end up getting jobs that they are overqualified for. Rather than idle and wait, why not set your own goals, after all…
- Dare to dream
With crowd-funding sites being a dime in a dozen, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, there’s bound to be someone out there who would be willing to support your idea, especially if you are a budding entrepreneur! All it takes is a little ingenuity after all, and well, that’s free (so you don’t even have to worry about having a fund to start off on!)
- Quit whining
Just because you seem to get the end of the shorter stick doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. Everyone starts somewhere, and if your colleagues do not treat you all too well because you are the youngest, it’s no excuse either to treat any incoming interns the same way, because all it creates is an unhealthy loop. All in all, millennials are proven to be efficient multi-taskers, so take it as a compliment! Show them what you are worth, instead of showing your prickly end at them and going back to your parents.
- Take responsibilities
Being the youngest, the potential for millennials to grow is also the highest, especially in the eyes of employers. Hence, at times, you may be required to work out of your comfort zone. Depending on whether you value this opportunity or otherwise, take responsibility for it – and by responsibility, we mean if you do not wish to do it, tell someone. Do not wait for others to question you because while you might be avoid any repercussions with one excuse, you may not be able to do so a second time! Also, all in all, this might be a great chance as a learning experience, so consider before you ditch all responsibilities!
- Be willing to accept criticisms and change
Before you argue to say that you will lose your individual style and whatnot, hear us out. We aren’t asking you to change 100%, but to work on your flaws when they are pointed out, and to change accordingly. Sure, you might seek a second opinion from your friends and families, but if they cannot be unbiased and give you a truthful criticism, then the best would be from a third party. Indeed, some of these people might nit-pick on you if they aren’t too happy with you, and any or every thing can be a fault, however, if you truly gave your best to suit their needs, then at least you are improving along the way aren’t you? If so, isn’t that good for you?