People in the media have long accused millennials of acting too entitled when entering the workforce. We’re too picky, overconfident and aren’t paying our dues as we should when first entering the workforce.
Now I certainly agree that there are a fair share of students that graduate college acting like this. However, I think most are just misunderstood; they’re just in a defensive position to make sure the system doesn’t screw them.
The student population is one of the more vulnerable ones today, most having amounted a large student debt on top of an institutionally-instilled desperate fear of unemployment. Students are willing to take any job that comes their way, even ones that don’t relate to what they really want to do down the line. Then they get stuck in a dilemma, struggling to leave a job they’ve secured (because the job market is so bad!) in order to pursue their dreams.
It’s something I see constantly among my friends. People are so fearful of HR that they get scared into worse jobs. My peers are scared to be their confident, smart selves in interviews because of their desperation for a secure job.
So instead, I argue that more students should feel more confident when entering the market. I write this so that you, student or young person, will act a bit more entitled when you enter the job search (with the most positive connotation of the word ‘entitled’ as possible). To know that you are in a bargaining position with the folks in HR. To know that you do deserve a job that fits you and not just the one that will secure the recruiter a fat bonus. To know that you are bright and that the people at companies are really just like you.
Set that end goal. Try to find out what you want and don’t be afraid to ask for it! Because in the end, if you really want it, you can get it.
(Disclaimer: I have no reservations against HR! I just know that in doing their job, many unconfident students get intimidated and end up settling for something less than what they can achieve)
(Another disclaimer: Set realistic goals. If you’re hitting a number of roadblocks in pursuit of a certain position, you might want to reconsider the path you’re taking to get to that position you’re going for :P)