The story on millennials is already written. They’re entitled, self-centered, unrealistic and even lazy. And yet, at the same time, they are driving a not-so-silent revolution in the private sector towards making the world better. It is interesting to explore how a ‘selfish’ generation is creating a more ‘selfless’ world.
First, I would say they are kind of pissed off! Millennials, according to Pew Research, are the first generation in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations (Gen Xers and Boomers) had at the same stage of their life cycles.
They played by the same rules we did but many graduated from college during the Great Recession. Even those with advanced degrees were underpaid, and under- or unemployed for long periods of time. Some have had to use social services they never thought they would need.
It’s no wonder that they are looking out for themselves. And yet, I truly believe that they are making the changes that will improve the world.