The millennial era; where future doctors, lawyers, real estate moguls, marketing whizzes, and future CEOs of fortune 500 companies are all being groomed to become the future leaders in their respective fields. The next great influencer in corporate America could realistically be finishing up his or her senior year of high school.
It seems as though more students each year are graduating high school and attending college, preparing to embark on a journey that has no limitations and no one destination. Naturally, as a result of more students attending college, the number of graduates is also increasing yearly.
Once you feel that you’ve mastered your respective fields of study, you come out of school feeling like someone owes you a job for obtaining your undergraduate or graduate degree. You’re bright-eyed; full of ideas, with dreams of success so big you can barely put them into words. The world is yours, and there is nothing you cannot do. Why? You’re a college graduate. That’s why. You’ve done something so special by graduating, how can you not be destined for greatness? You’ve read the article by Jordan Weissman on slate.com. You’re well aware of the statistics of college graduates who end up either underemployed (16.8%) or unemployed (8.5%). But they are not you. No way you’re going to be unemployed or underemployed. That’s what you tell yourself. As the pure bliss of graduation slowly begins to subside, reality starts to set it in.
You realize that many of your classmates, graduates throughout the country, and around the world, are all gunning for that position you’ve rightfully earned all because of your most recent accomplishment. So now what? Every position you apply for, there are plenty of other candidates who are equally, if not more qualified than you for that position. These positions you feel you’ve earned just by graduating from college or grad school, are all being given to your peers. After countless rejections from “good” jobs, you find yourself working in a position in which you’re overeducated and underpaid.
While on break at your job, which your recent degree has overqualified you for, you begin to realize something. Suddenly it dawns on you. It’s not about how much you feel you deserve something. It’s about your grit. It’s about how bad you want it. Because in actuality, you’re not only competing with all of those who just graduated. You’re competing with all millennials. The college juniors looking to get a jump-start on things, grad students, that high school senior more concerned with tweeting than following along in class, all fighting for their opportunity to get their foot in the door. Itching for the chance to show someone that they’re the next great marketing whiz or CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Then another question begins to formulate in your head: “How do I set myself apart from the group?” So you work on answering that question through your actions, and then, you are finally rewarded with an opportunity to prove yourself. Now the real work begins.
Although that story is hypothetical and very similar to that of my own, it is not that uncommon. Now, with me being part of the corporate world as a Marketing Intern at Tahzoo, I find myself answering another question. “What is it that I wish to accomplish next?” That answer is simple. Not only do I want to survive all the pressures that come with being in the “real world” and corporate world, I want to thrive in them both. For that goal to be accomplished, there are three important things that I feel will aid me in my journey. I feel these three things played a huge part in me getting to where I am today and I’m not willing to compromise them.
- Not accepting my youth as a reason for not thriving in the corporate world: Throughout my journey, I kept being told by some, that I’m young and success will come in time, just “wait my turn.” Why do I have to wait? Why can’t I be successful now? My youth is not an excuse, nor will I accept it as one.
- My creativity: As a millennial, I feel that my creativity is directly impacting my ability to thrive in both the “real” world and corporate world. Millennials are plentiful, as well as their ideas. And in order to keep up with my peers, I have to keep my creative juices flowing.
- My work ethic/quest for knowledge: For me, these two are one in the same. My work ethic trumps all. Life itself isn’t easy and an easy job is not something that I desire. I want my work to challenge me and keep me creative. The more challenging the task, the more I am forced to learn so that I can complete it. My tenacious work ethic and quest for knowledge allows me to fearlessly attack my obstacles head on, learning as much as I can in the process. Feeling that with time, there is nothing that I cannot accomplish.
Since we live in the digital age where everything is instantaneous due to social media accounts, iPhones, and instant messaging, we have gotten use to everything happening so fast. However, one thing that has remained constant, and will continue to long after the last of millennials, and that is in order to be successful, you have to be willing to work hard.
Sharing how you are thriving in the corporate world with your friends may seem as easy as posting a picture from your office party on Instagram. But achieving actual success is not that easy. You know the old saying, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” I’ve shared with you what I stand for, and what I feel is important for myself, as a millennial, to continue to thrive in both the “real” world and corporate world. So, how do you plan to thrive? What do you stand for?
Oh, and if your plan includes joining me here at Tahzoo as I continue to thrive in 2015, check out all of our open jobs.