6 Factors that Can Hinder a Millennial’s Career Advancement

Make That Career Jump You Have Been Desiring

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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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

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5 thoughts on “6 Factors that Can Hinder a Millennial’s Career Advancement

  1. Great post with much wisdom. However, I would add undisciplined use of Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sites to #1. Thank you!

  2. Nailed it. For the area of job change, I’d encourage our generation to instead focus on advancement opportunities within the organization they are already in. Consider it a necessary step to success when you get turned down the first few times. Realize that promotion comes from God, focus on having the right attitude, and keep doing your best. And if your current organization isn’t equipped to help you thrive, watch God open a new door.

  3. Please stop using this nebulous term “Millennial” without defining it. Just call out the age range. And I’m sick of this constant focus on “Millennials” as if they are some kind of a Holy Grail. The church was meant to be inclusive of all, a multigenerational family where all are valued and respected – at least that’s how Jesus operated.

    • Thank you for sharing, Andy. It sounds like you may be confused about the term. Millennials is common term used to refer to those typically born somewhere between 1980 and 2000. I am not sure how your other comment regarding the need for generational inclusivity in the church pertains to this post, but I would not disagree with that statement. Feel free to elaborate.