My name is Hannah and I’m a Millennial. A Gen-Yer (or iYer). The generation of the entitled, lazy, and narcissistic. Also the generation of the optimistic, technologically savvy, and motivated! To me, there is more to working than just making money (although I still like money a lot). After all, this is my life I’m spending, and I fully intend on making good use of it. I want my work to bring about positive social, environmental, personal, technological, and even political change. I know a lot about technology because I’ve been hand in hand with it (quite literally) for the entirety of my life, and because of this, I know how to wield it. I have ideas about how it can be changed, bettered, and utilized in a variety of contexts. Even though some consider our generation extremely lazy, we are highly motivated when we feel our work has purpose, and we’ll spend as much time and energy as necessary to get it done, and get it done well. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we are going to want to do it at a desk in the office. Sometimes, we are more creative when sitting in bed at 1AM…or maybe 10AM. My generation is very connected, and we have the potential to change not only our world’s culture, but also the ins and outs of how traditional systems work.
My generation is very connected, and we have the potential to change not only our world’s culture, but also the ins and outs of how traditional systems work.
This summer is my first time working in an office, and I get to do it as an intern! I like to compare this to being fourteen years old. They’re both in that awkward “in between” stage. When you’re 14, you’re not an adult, but you’re also not a child — or at least you’re not in your own mind. All of a sudden, you find yourself in all sorts of dilemmas, like whether or not it’s okay to still order off the kid’s menu (by the way, it totally is), if you can go on a date even though your mom has to drive you, and so forth. Likewise, an intern is sort of in limbo between high school summer jobs and “big people jobs.” They kind of get the chance to dip their toes in to test the waters before graduation day shoves them in the pool of the working world. I think interning is particularly wonderful though because the hours are flexible, the projects are fun, and I get to learn a lot from some really smart, nice people.
(Here I am in 1996, taking the standard picture for any child born in the 90s)
I was recently asked what makes me happy at work. Since this is my first actual working experience, I had to spend some time mulling over it. This is what I’ve come up with:
1. Air conditioning — one should never forget to be grateful for the little things commonly taken for granted and the opportunity to have a job that allows me to work inside is something I’m thankful for.
2. Inspiring people who do cool things — there’s nothing like being around people you admire who are able to challenge, motivate, and encourage you.
3. Having a mentor — for a young and confused intern such as myself, I breathe a sigh of relief when someone is willing to answer my seemingly endless emails full of bizarre questions such as “Is there another fridge in this building where I can put this pan of lasagna?”
4. Being given responsibility and asked for my opinion/input — it makes me feel like my employers/manager/bossman and fellow employees believe in me, respect me, and have faith in my capabilities.
5. Fun time and food time — I enjoy food as much (or maybe more) than the next guy. Likewise, combining work and play as much as possible is my dream come true!
If you’re a fellow millennial (or work with us), please share your thoughts.