What makes Millennials special?

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Much has been said about young people and their prospects for the future. As we celebrate Youth month it seems appropriate to look at some of the defining traits and characteristics of this tech- savvy generation.


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Much has been said about young people and their prospects for the future. As we celebrate Youth month it seems appropriate to look at some of the defining traits and characteristics of this tech- savvy generation.
People born between 1980 and 2000 are referred to as 'Millenials'. The corresponding economic, social and political influences of this era has lead to the development of a unique group of young people.
Millenials have their own worldview, priorities and expectations, which are vastly different from preceding generations.
The most notable distinction is the influence and integration of technology in the life of the Millenial, who is often described as 'social and connected'.
“Millenials are the first generation that grew up with technology. The way they communicate, how they interact and their relationship to technology is very different from other generations” says HR specialist Lizanne de Jong.
Yet despite their technological ability and the need to 'stay connected', they often lack interpersonal skills. Due to the rise in social media communication youth find it difficult to interact with others face-to-face.
While Millenials appear to be high maintenance, they are also resourceful, flexible, creative, tech savvy and open-minded.
Millenials are known for their confidence and believe they are highly valued. They want to be involved, contribute and progress quickly. They also long to have interesting and challenging work, however this is not always possible because of a growing globally competitive labour market.
High unemployment rates are prompting young people to pursue a higher education in order to secure a decent salary.
As the cost of living increases Millenials are finding that they have less money to spend and many are already debt ridden due to soaring university fees.
This means ownership has decreased. There is a growing trend amongst young people to access products like cars, homes and luxury goods on a contract basis.
In addition Millenials are putting off milestones like children and marriage as many look to establish their careers and finances first.
The priorities of women in society has also changed drastically as more females seek fulfillment in the workplace rather than the traditional housewife role.
Another mark of the Millennial group is their preoccupation with health and wellness. They are more aware of exercising and eating smarter than their predecessors.
While most Millenials are not subjected to living in war-like conditions they definitely have their own set of challenges. High unemployment, growing expenses, and changing roles are some of the obstacles that Millenials need to contend with.
In spite of these challenges Millennials are willing and able to make a meaningful contribution to the world if they get the chance.


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