Change? Change is every Millennial’s middle name

Back when no one could make a phone call if someone was online.

Back when no one could make a phone call if someone was online.

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.

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22 thoughts on “Change? Change is every Millennial’s middle name

  1. Great post! I do use an iPad to babysit my son sometimes, No shame. He learns. Funny, I heard the word “furlough” on the news last night, and had forgotten that a job I had a few years ago instated many for a time. I didn’t think much of it back then, but I’m sure my older co-workers were not happy, and was probably the first time they ever dealt w/ something like that. I was like, whatever, it didn’t seem weird at all.

    • Thanks! I’ve had a lot of random jobs working with kids, so I see how an iPad would be a wonderful tool. No judgment 🙂 Yeah I think since we’ve never experienced a booming economy, we aren’t shaken by things like furloughs and layoffs. It’s normal to us. Thanks for the reblog, by the way!

  2. Reblogged this on So-Called Millennials and commented:
    Millennials grew up alongside technology. We are adaptable to the highest degree. What employer doesn’t want that? I remember when I was new to the workforce, changes didn’t phase me, I felt they were needed, and even normal. I remember older coworkers around me were much more surprised by cut-backs, furloughs and the like. I was too naive to know the difference! Good post, give it a read…

  3. Don’t Copy That Floppy! That part made me laugh out loud – I swear I saw the same thing. Great point that change is a big part of millenials’ lives (and us young Gen Xers, too, to an extent). Great post.

    • Thanks! Haha you probably did see the same video. It was pretty outdated so I’m not sure why we had to watch it. Floppy discs were on their way out!

    • I feel the same way sometimes, especially with elementary school kids. I worked at a before and after school program for a while and on Fridays the kids could bring in electronics to play with. When we went outside everyone would throw me their Nooks and iPads to babysit. This would give me the strong urge to say, “When I was your age, I was lucky to have a GameBoy!”

  4. I’m on the Gen X/Y line, so I can definitely relate to this. My parents didn’t understand what I was doing when the modem was making those crazy noises, but it made me so much more marketable. I can do anything with a computer really, because it was part of my childhood, and we were taught typing/Word/and Internet in school. It’s pretty crazy watching things like card catalogs disappear.

  5. Based on this post alone I just started to follow you 🙂 Everything you said makes complete sense to me! I think we are such a valuable generation. We take on life in a new way. We’re not afraid to take a different path. Success is not defined by the job or directly correlated with what’s in your bank account. It’s about seizing life, following your passions and enjoying the benefits of it. I think change allows us to do different things, opens us to new experiences and teaches us new lessons.

    I also love how you said that we literally grew up with the technology. The computer was really in its teenage years with us. I remember when I was in elementary school my mom had to call the school just to ask me how to turn the computer on… There’s still a bunch of things that come naturally to us that people run to us for advice.

    Loving change and an a second nature understanding for technology… two reasons why a GenY is so valuable to every company.

    • Thanks, Katie! Yes, I agree with your point about the Gen Y lifestyle. We tend to jump around and pursue a variety of interests rather than sticking to one straight and narrow career path. As a result we become even more versatile. Thanks so much for the follow!

  6. Great insight! It’s hard to put a finger on what the impact of growing up alongside the internet was, but I think you nailed it. We remember what it was like… to not be dependent on google. We grew up on the brink of the tech boom, so although, we rely on internet nowadays, we still appreciate it for what it is.

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