When I was younger, I helped my older brother make mixed tapes by recording songs off the radio. In elementary school, I learned how to find library books by using a card catalog and the Dewey Decimal system. In 6th grade, I watched a corny educational video about floppy discs (Don’t copy that floppy!).
Think about the massive evolution technology has gone through in the last 20 years. Card catalogs? Floppy discs? Please.
Millennials are the first generation that grew up with the rapidly evolving technology of computers and the Internet. Things in this realm are more intuitive to us than they are to our parents. Hello?! We’ve been using computers since we were young enough to not care if a deadly virus was downloaded.
Being tech savvy is one thing our generation is applauded for. Employers are excited to work with us for this reason. But growing up with computers and the web doesn’t only make us technology gurus, it also makes us comfortable with change. Scratch that. It makes us thrive on change.
Millennials aren’t the toddlers of today who are given their parents’ iPads as pacifiers. Most of us remember looking words up in dictionaries and doing research using encyclopedias. We didn’t just grow up with technology, we grew up alongside it.
The Internet was one of our best friends going through the same growing pains as us. We were pals with the web when it made annoying dial up noises, and it was friends with when we swished around in wind suits. We stuck by it through MySpace, and the Internet stuck by us through *N Sync.
My point is that we saw technology do a lot of maturing. Constant improvements and upgrades became expected. We grew up with the mindset that things change. Often. And when it comes to the professional world, that’s not a bad mindset to have.
Companies are always looking for ways to grow and expand. They want the next big thing! And Millennials are excited to help them discover that.
Being comfortable with change also makes us incredibly flexible. Need us to pick up a new project? No prob. Oh, the project we’ve been working on has become obsolete? Not a big deal. What’s next?
I cannot tell you how many times my roles have changed within internships and within my current position. I don’t mean climbing the ladder changes, just flat out different things that need to be done. And most of these direction changes have been brought on because of the economy.
Employers, Millennials have jumped into the job market just in time. Hire us! We won’t be phased by layoffs and company changes. We don’t feel entitled to 20 years of job security. We just want to utilize and expand our skill sets. We’re the upgrade generation; change is in our DNA.