A Love Letter to Millennials and Gen Z from Generation X
As the new generation of talent is set to make a vital impact on the working world of the future and offer companies the key to evolving and staying relevant, pepelwerk has penned an open letter of sorts to Millennials and Gen Z. If you’re in these generational groups or an employer looking to attract them for your business, have a read.
Pepelwerk’s love letter to Millennials and Gen Z
Dear Millennials and Gen Z’ers,
We just wanted to write you a quick note of encouragement from the Latchkey Kids. Y’all are getting a raw deal, and we see it. You should be renamed the Gaslit Generation for all the emotional whiplash, Millennials, in particular, have been experiencing. After giving it some thought, we came up with a few pieces of advice that we wish we had from the generation before us when they passed the baton.
Be skeptical of opinionaters
Take special notice when someone from a previous generation writes an article or throws shade on your generation. What do those people or businesses have to gain by denigrating or dissing Millennials or Generation Z? Ad revenue? Clicks, likes, and shares? You are not the first generation to be down-played by their predecessors, but you might be the first generation to be dissed for profit, or in order not to disrupt the status quo. Keep this in mind when the next generation is coming up trying to flourish.
Define success on your own terms
Generation X was taught that our definition of success should be climbing the corporate ladder, working to the bone and sacrificing ourselves, the planet, and our relationships. So, Millennials and Gen Z’ers, please think about what success means to you – your health, community, money, relationships, planet and beyond. Imagine what would make you feel successful in each of these realms. It doesn’t have to align with the vision of a big house on the hill with the flashy ride. It might be that you make your own hours to spend time on your charity work or continuing education. It could be a remote job so you can travel and work.
Millennials and Gen Z, what do you see when you visualize being “successful”? Give it some serious thought. You live in the age of the Internet. That means you have a golden opportunity to make your world what you want it to be. We are excited to see what you choose.
Education comes in many forms
Your education does not end when you graduate high school, or even college if you decide that you want to go. Textbooks and professors cannot give you a complete life-long education. Your life experience will inform your education path long after you graduate. Find an interest and explore it. You have a world of connectivity at your fingertips that no generation before you has had – take advantage of it!
There is value in the programmed education that you should take advantage of. But, it will not last you a lifetime. Don’t make the mistake of feeling like you crossed a finish line when you graduate. That’s just the beginning. As life evolves, you need to be able to learn to address the changes and challenges this evolution will bring to your door.
Take time to breathe
It felt like we had to make decisions about our lives all at once when we were your age. Our elders expected us to answer the question, “so what do you want to do with your life?” when we were 15 or 16. At an age when we are the least equipped to deal with it, we were expected to nail down education and careers. Now, you have additional social pressures that we just didn’t have to deal with. Just breathe and make choices that support how you define success and what you value most.
Don’t lean too heavily on the opinions of others online (remember rule #1). Talk to people who only have your best interest at heart. Research your options but don’t measure yourself against how others define success, and reach out to a mentor or career coach when things get too much.
We’re proud of you!
Remember, we really are proud of you. You are the most socially engaged generation since the ’60s. You realize that the only way to get rid of the hate and haters is to aggressively pursue equality, joy, and demonstrate love. Someday, you might build a world where extremes of right and left don’t exist and rationality is the tone of the conversation. That’s what you can bring to the table.
Millennials and Gen Z, you are so far ahead of your parents and grandparents in ways that will change this planet for the better. So, ignore the haters, and thank you – we’re proud of you.
– Love, Generation X
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