My Millennial Work Ethic

The stereotypical millennial is lazy, entitled, ruining relationships, and most of the things that were built for us. This stereotype mostly comes from the fact that we do things differently than our parents.

I went to college, got an internship when I graduated, got a job then got a better job. Not exactly what I call lazy. I started paying off my stereotypical millennial student loans and immersed myself into the 9-5 culture.

And it’s not easy for me. It’s not easy to work 5 out of the 7 days a week, to work for most of your life, to make your job your (basically) number one priority. It’s not easy for me to wake up early in the morning then work nonstop until it’s time to go. You don’t go at your own pace, there is a schedule and rules and you are supposed to follow them.

So in some ways, I’m the stereotypical millennial who wants to make their own schedule and work from my bed. Is it realistic? No, but a girl can dream!

Just because we dream, doesn’t mean we’re lazy. And it doesn’t mean all of us have the same dream. I know many people who thrive in a pressured 9-5 environment, but I’m just a stereotypical millennial when it comes to this!

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23 thoughts on “My Millennial Work Ethic

  1. Here here! Whenever I hear or read about the ‘typical’ millennial in a work environment, I usually roll my eyes and wonder why they have to make us look bad. I’ve been working since I was 14, sometimes multiple jobs, so if anyone dares make a comment to me about my work ethic based on these notions… well let’s just say, they messed with the wrong millennial. 🙂

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  2. I think they’re just bitter that we are realizing that working 9 to 5 five to seven days a week is a dull life, that we’re finding other ways to earn money so that we can live life differently.

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  3. Millennials get a bad rap sometimes. They are just trying to make the system work for them like previous generations. Sure every group gets chided by the group that came before. This seems to be the way of the world it seems.

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  4. People mostly think that things should be done the way that they have always been done despite the fact that the world is always changing. It reminds me of Henry Fords lawyer “The horse is here to stay, the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.” Our parents worked 60 hours a week, they ground their joints to dust, they walked 10 miles uphill in the snow both ways etc, and the idea that millennials are like ” ummmm…is walking uphill in the snow both ways in August actually necessary?” makes us seem like crazy unrealistic dreamers looking for shortcuts lol

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  5. I don’t really get the stereotype of the typical millennial. I am a millennial, most of my friends are millennials, my sister is a millennial. We all work. A shit ton actually. Do we dream of being able to spend mornigns lounging in bed and making our own hours? Of course. But who doesn’t? I don’t think qishful thinking equates to laziness.

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  6. Totally agree. Dreams don’t make us lazy, they make us stronger because we strive for them even when they seem impossible. Wanna be YouTube famous? Okay go for it, make videos and do your best. Wanna work 9-5 at a desk? That’s great too! I feel like we grew up being told that we needed to have a “passion” but also that the job market was taking a turn for the worse, and we don’t know how to reconcile those 2 things. Easy, screw those people who tell you you can’t succeed because it’s too hard, and just do what you have to do to make it happen.

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  7. Good, short read. Concise and to the point. Not all millennials struggle with work ethics. But I will say, that as an employer, I’ve struggled to find anyone that really wants to WORK. And by that I mean manual labor, blue collar, shovel digging, post pounding, callused hand, true, honest hard work.

    There are in fact other ways to make money that new generations are adapting to, but that doesn’t help the infrastructure of our country. There is concrete to be poured and welding to be done. Skilled trades are slipping and are a true rarity these days. None the less, work is work. At least your are contributing to your own success and happiness, for that is the ultimate goal.

    Work Hard, Stay Humble.

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    1. Totally agree, unfortunately I think that has a lot to do with college being forced on us. College isn’t necessary for everyone and we shouldnt be afraid to explore other options like skilled trade, but we feel so much pressure to further our education!

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      1. Honestly, I agree 100%. College is becoming the norm in today’s society. I went to college and graduated with my associated degree. I haven’t used my line of education once since I graduated. Instead I started my own business learning and growing skilled trades. The educational system needs to recognize other options. Hell, you can join a labors union and make six digits right out of high school.

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  8. I enjoyed your perspective on this, feel free to check out my recent bog on my personal attitudes in the workplace

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  9. So true! And so important to put us in perspective for people. I hear about “lazy Millennials” all the time and then I look at all the Millennials I know and we’re working three jobs, spending out days off volunteering in the community and such. You’re right, that just because we dream doesn’t make us lazy!

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  10. I 100% agree with this blog post. The topic of generational differences is one I’ve been studying for a while, and I still love reading other people’s perspectives. Wonderfully written, Rosie.
    I personally think it’s just easier for people to classify an entire subgroup of the population because it helps them make sense of the world. Stereotypes (whether that be based on race, social status, or age) exist because people don’t take the energy to really learn the complexities in the personalities around us.
    You wrote about how you don’t quite feel comfortable in a typical 9-5 job, whereas I on the other hand prefer a more structured environment. I’m sure there are other stereotypical millennial traits that I embody more than you, and that’s the wonderful thing about being unique human beings. Even when we are born within the same generational cohort, we all bring something different and great to the table.

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