Can you imagine it? Those millennials now think that having a job means you should get paid for it!
Entitled Millennials have been given an “inflated” sense of self-importance due to social media and are no longer willing to do unpaid work to advance their careers.
That’s the view of Muffin Break general manager Natalie Brennan, who says the precipitous decline in eager young university students and graduates started “about 10 years ago”.
“There’s just nobody walking in my door asking for an internship, work experience or unpaid work, nobody,” Ms Brennan said.
Okay, I’m an old Gen Xer, and I can tell you that when I was a fresh faced college graduate, I did not for a moment consider working for someone for free. And no one told me I should. I did interview for an entry level job at a PR firm in New York which paid $16,000 per year, and the guy interviewing me said “You’re living with your parents? You have a roof over your head and meals? Don’t take this job. You can do better than battling it out with the other entry level people to see which one of you gets to be a junior account executive.”
Now, may years later, I’ve managed plenty of millennials, and I can tell you the reputation for them being entitled prima donnas is just bullshit. They’re smart, passionate, creative young people. Are they different than my cohort was at that age? Well, guess what? Part of being a manager is learning how to manage different kinds of people. I’m guessing that Ms. Brennan is not a good manager.
And remember, they called us “slackers” at the time.