I’m pretty sure everyone is familiar with the scene above. Rife in the corporate world with millennials hoping to secure a job that would actually allow them to sit outside somewhere besides the office and get work done.
But I’m sure you are also aware that it is not possible.
This post is based on personal opinions, so bear with me as I rant my way from start to finish. Thanks!
Yet, we’ve all been there, done that. We’ve all attended a string of interviews, answered interrogative questions, and cracked our brains for past scenarios which we encountered and what we did to solve them. Some interviews were casual, others were formal. Some employers were gentle, others were strictly disciplined. But the end results were the same: Do they want to hire us?
Of course, not every employer held us in the same regard, but many do, and these were the ones who were capable of making or breaking our future.
Why I’m bringing this up (again) is because I have seen friends and acquaintances alike struggling to build a career. Whether it is to find a job, keep a job, or have a job for life. We want to have the comfort of financial security, since we all have commitments anyway, and actually have enough savings for when we grow old. Why is it so difficult to get a job? Are we really as picky and difficult as the employers claim us to be? Also, is it because we don’t know what we want when we are asked about our future plans?
We have been labelled as emotional, easily bruised, and demanding. As a result, we are what they refer to us as the Strawberry Generation. It isn’t a compliment, though, mind you. Jennifer Phneah will tell you more about it in her article about why people should stop calling us that. Maybe we made a mistake of letting our true selves show during the interview; after all, our expressions are what caused employers to question our loyalty and our commitments.
That’s why planning and preparing for an interview is very important!
Perhaps a minority of the millennial workforce may have behaved that way during their interviews, which prompted the employers to believe that all of us are like that. It is unfair, indeed, for the rest of us, but now we have mounting pressure to prove otherwise, to show that we can have our jobs and keep them.
It will be an uphill climb for us to change how people view us. We won’t be able to change our spots but at least we can learn to adapt to the expectations.