The Millennials are becoming the dominant generation in the workplace. Their presence is felt by everyone. However, some Millennials are expressing frustration in their inability to advance in their career. What separates those Millennials who are able to advance from those who are not?
Here are six factors that can hinder a Millennial’s career advancement:
- Video games. Is playing a video game in itself bad? No. But devoting significant hours to gaming can hinder your career. And it is not because what you are doing, but because what you are not doing. You are not reading and keeping up with classic and cutting edge thought. Leaders tend to be readers. Set the controller down, pick up a book, and learn.
- Waiting for the perfect job. The best way to get “the perfect job,” is to get “a job.” Joblessness does not speak favorable to prospective employers. Work opportunities come to those who work. Instead of waiting for your dream job, just find a job and start working. You may be surprised to see what doors open from there.
- Entitlement mentality. Entitlement mentality can lead to subpar work ethic. Those who feel deserving without merit tend to work less hard than those who feel they must earn merit. And the one who feels deserving gets overlooked for the one who chose to work hard.
- Being mentorless. There are significant advantages to having a mentor. They can provide guidance to career management decisions. Remember, you must be the initiator in the relationship. If you wait until someone requests to mentor you, you will probably remain mentorless.
- Numerous job changes. The great thing about today’s work environment? Job change is easy. The bad thing about todays work environment? Job change is easy. When prospective employers see numerous job changes on a resume, they assume they are next. And they move on to the next candidate.
- Not connecting with older generations. Because of the seemingly dramatic differences between Millennials and older generations, Millennials will be tempted to only network with other Millennials. In a multigenerational workplace, this presents an advancement challenge. Employers need leaders who can connect with all generations. Millennials should strive to learn from the older generations.
As Millennials’ presence in the workplace continues to increase, it will be those who are hard-working, ever learning, and understanding of others that will move forward in their careers. I encourage each Millennial to, at least, consider these six factors. Addressing them may help you make that career jump you have been desiring.
What about you? If you are a Millennial, what have you noticed holds you, or those you know, back in their career? Place the comments in the section below.