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The Millennial Generation Stereotypes

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Entitlement, defined by the Merrian-Webster Dictionary, “is the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment” (Merrian-Webster Dictionary). Does this describe the millennial generation, who is currently either just starting a career or about to enter the workplace? The Millennial Generation are individuals born between 1980 and 2000 (Stein). This generation is faced with attempting to overcome stereotypes that have described them as “entitled”, “lazy”, and “compulsive job-hoppers” (Gani). The challenge now for the Millennial Generation is to demonstrate to their naysayers from previous generations that they have the drive and commitment to fulfill their place in the work force. The reason the Millennial Generation is facing these stereotypes is because; they are the “trophy generation”,…show more content…
The thought process behind this notion was that the more trophies a child received, regardless of performance, the higher confidence they would have, in hopes of leading them to future success. However, the opposite occurred. Instead of boosting self-esteem, it boosted narcissism, which later in life created unmet expectations with respect to careers for the millennial generation according to Sean Lyons, co-editor of Managing the New Workforce: International Perspectives on the Millennial Generation. He stated that the millennial generation is facing a “crisis of unmet expectations” (Stein). The National Institutes of Health conducted a study that found “millenials got so many participation trophies growing up that… 40% believe they should be promoted [in the workplace] every 2 years regardless of performance” (Stein). This problem is not just in America, but is a global issue because with the increase in globalization and social media, a majority of the millennial generation has been exposed to similar handouts of underserved
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