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Editorial: Why the haters? Millennials receive negativity from other generations despite the accomplishments they have made

Lazy, spoiled, entitled brats—these are just a few of the words that older generations have used to describe millenials.

There is a common misconception among people of Generation X and above that our age group is going to be the one to ruin the world. It has been said that millenials, or Generation Y, don’t know the value of hard work, because they have had everything handed to them by their parents. We supposedly expect everything to be easy and for life to be fair.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In reality, a study by Pew Research Center shows that millennials are now the largest labor force in the country. One in three workers in 2015 is a millennial. So why then, if we are dominating the work force, are we still considered lazy?

Another common delusion is that we put more value in things that make us happy than the things that will make us money.

While we do tend to focus on taking time to get to know ourselves and finding what make us happy, that doesn’t mean that we don’t like to work hard and bring home the bacon too.

Why is it a bad thing that we want to focus on finding a career that we will enjoy versus jumping into one that pays well but that we will ultimately hate? What’s wrong with traveling the world for a little bit before settling into the normal, and sometimes boring, nine to five desk jobs that are inevitably waiting on most of us after we graduate?

We at The Spectator know that this is the generation that shapes the future. The way the workforce is looking now, within the next decade, over half of the workforce will be comprised of millenials. All of the negative things that have been said about our generation’s work ethic will be completely invalid. And instead of being the generation to “ruin” the world, we will be the generation to change it.

 

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