I recently had lunch with two experienced professionals who are leaders in the Madison community. We happened to be discussing generational differences and one of them turned to me and said, “You’re a Millennial, no offense.” I smiled, nodded and said, “None taken!” I’m proud to be a young professional, a Millennial – why would I take offense? A Millennial is what I am!
I’ve been thinking a lot about this concept of taking offense to being a Millennial. Should I have been offended? I really don’t think so. Being offended by the comment would mean that I believe that I fit the stereotype of my generation. A lazy, entitled, digital addict job-hopper. I’m not saying there aren’t young professionals that have these characteristics, but there are plenty more that break the stereotypical mold.
Millennials should be embraced. Generational differences should be embraced. No one should have to take offense to being who they are (or who others think they are because of their age). When someone pegs you with a millennial myth, challenge them, tell them how you’re different and open their eyes to the great work being done by your, our generation. Never take offense.
If you want to weigh in on this topic, you’re in luck! @YPWeekWI is hosting a Twitter Chat on Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 PM about Millennial Myth Busting – follow along and tell us what you think using #YPWeekChat.
By: Corinn Ploessl