Young. Inexperienced. We are millennials. We’ve been blamed for killing everything from diamonds to beer! But we are many, we are more diverse than our parents’ & grandparents’ generations, and they need us.
Entering the workforce as a young person is scary. Whether you are looking for a business partner, an investor, or an employer, chances are that right now you are outnumbered by people with far more life and industry experience than you. This doesn’t have to be an automatic setback. Here are 4 ways to use your age to your advantage.
First, it’s important to remember that everyone was once a millennial. Okay, not literally, but that intimidating executive across the desk from you was also at one point in her life a young adult who had no clue what she was doing. All of the negative connotations surrounding millennials now surrounded the generation before us at one point and will soon surround the generation following us. Keep this in mind, and don’t be afraid to respectfully share that with someone older who might be looking down on you. This will make you seem wise beyond your years. Be sure to keep this in mind in 10-20 years when you are interviewing the next gen.
Growing up in the digital age has its downfalls, but it sure does make us marketable. Social media has given us a megaphone that generations before us didn’t have (see #1 – one reason it’s easy to see all of our faults & mistakes). Not to say that members of other generations can’t be experts in social media, but our authentic immersion in it has given us a unique proficiency that can’t quite be learned or taught. Though it may not seem like much, 92% of marketers believe that social media marketing is important for their businesses, so don’t underscore this skill!
Naturally, when someone has been doing something the same way for years, it’s hard to see any other way. This is where we come in. Don’t expect to come in and completely streamline an existing process – it’s important to be respectful of what has worked in the past. But it’s also important to keep in mind that efficiency is the new black. Turn your inexperience into a positive thing – ask questions that provide a fresh perspective on the way things have always been done.
Local Mission, Global Vision
Millennials are 23% more likely to travel than our predecessors. Whether you have been around the world twice or are still saving up for your next big trip, this travel mindset is important for the success of expanding companies. Being able to successfully carry out details on a small (local) scale while maintaining a big picture (global) view is vital for growth.
Joining the “real world” is scary, but don’t be discouraged! Never let anyone tell you that you are too young. Use these tips to sell the value of your young age, and you can conquer the world.
Do you have any tips on how to survive the business world as a young adult? Let me know in the comments!