1. That we know nothing about being working professionals.
And what about Boomers trying to get jobs in social media? Next time you want help “Facebooking your Tweets,” ask someone else.
A quote from this USA Today article: “On top of the skills mismatch, millennials are making it harder by being too laid back about their job searches…”
“When millennials do land jobs, they face the added challenge of fitting into workplace culture. Unfortunately, research suggests that they are not ready for that either.”
2. That we can’t hold down a job.
“Job loyalty?” How about seizing opportunities coupled with an unstable job market?
A quote from Oklahoma City’s News Channel 4: “For millennials, job hopping is the new normal … Employers are finding out that job loyalty among younger workers is not something they can take for granted.”
3. That we won’t grow up.
Perhaps it’s time to redefine “adulthood.”
A quote from this Fox Business article: “These days, the road to becoming an adult — which, in the daydreams of many Millennials, includes identifying a suitable career path, finding the right marriage partner and potentially having children — is a longer path than ever to walk down.”
4. That we’re incredibly entitled.
This is just hands-down insulting.
A quote from the book 50 Things You Need to Know About the Entitled Generation: “On the flipside, millennials can be surprisingly unaware of the inherent social contract most of us subscribe to, and tend to demonstrate a consistent and wide-eyed entitlement. They often lack even the most rudimentary sense of how to change themselves for the better. Millennials are noisy, narcissistic, and passive aggressive.”
5. That we’re difficult to deal with. And moreover, we’re so difficult, multitudes of guides have been written to assuage older generations’ anxiety.
It literally feels like every book title on Gen Y is some variation of “managing Millennials in the workplace.” I’m sorry you feel threatened.
A quote from the book Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage Generation Y: “Gen Yers’ ‘attitude’ probably is not likely to go away as they mature; their high-maintenance reputation is all too real. Still, the whole picture is more complicated. Yes, Generation Y will be more difficult to recruit, retain, motivate, and manage than any other new generation to enter the workforce. But this will also be the most high-performing workforce in history for those who know how to manage them properly.”
6. That we’re completely self-obsessed.
Enough with the “Me Me Me Generation” stuff. Old people use social media too.
A quote from the Time article: “Here’s the cold, hard data: The incidence of narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that’s now 65 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health; 58% more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982.”
7. That we’re not buying houses. Because we are poor. And therefore making everyone else poor.
At least we’re not buying things we can’t afford?
From the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch: “Lack of savings, less-than-perfect credit and stifling loads of student-loan debt are continuing to hold young adults back from Homeownership, Shahdad and others say. Societal trends also play a role in why they’re not buying, as people are waiting longer to get married and have children—life events that tend to spur home purchases.”
8. That we’re not buying cars and will probably be responsible for the demise of the auto industry.
Maybe we also don’t want to do any more damage to the environment if we can avoid it.
A quote from Time: “The auto industry has been in recovery mode over the past few years. Automakers sold 14.5 million new cars and trucks in 2012, a 13% increase over the prior year, and the highest total since 2007. Projected auto-sales totals for 2013 should easily beat last year too, topping 15 million. Even so, the comeback has been called a “subpar recovery,” and a prime reason why sales haven’t truly taken off is that younger consumers today aren’t buying cars like younger consumers traditionally have in the car-crazed U.S.”
9. That our marriage rates are at record lows. Meaning we have a complete lack of respect for tradition, or something. Oh, and our kids are going to be problematic.
This doesn’t mean we have cold, black hearts that are incapable of love.
From The National Review: “The Millennial retreat from marriage is particularly worrisome because it hasn’t stopped many of them from having children. In 2012, 47 percent of births to Millennial women took place outside marriage, a troubling trend because such children are much more likely to end up in single-parent families that put them at higher risk of educational failure, poverty, and emotional distress.”
10. That we know nothing about money.
A lot of people don’t know how this works.
From Time: “A new study conducted by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions finds that 18-34 year-olds lag behind older Americans on credit knowledge. Not that older generations are whiz kids when it comes to credit—just over 40% of consumers surveyed even know what their credit score measures, for instance—but millennials have the dubious distinction of being even less-informed than other age groups.”
11. That Gen Y has more debt than any other generation.
Yeah. We know. But schools should start doing clearance sales on their tuition.
USA Today reminds us of the effects of our impossibly huge debts: “Rising student loan debt and a high unemployment rate may prevent college graduates from achieving financial goals and spill over into the U.S. economy, according to a recent report. The nation’s youngest adults may find it difficult to become homeowners, qualify for auto loans, start small businesses, and delay saving for retirement.”
12. And, more recently, being called a new “lost generation.”
Are we lost? Because we all have Google Maps and I know exactly where I am.
From Psychology Today: “Is today’s youth, or Gen Y or millennials as they are sometimes referred to, becoming the new “Lost Generation,” with high hopes and little prospects?”