Millennials: Working Hard, or Hardly Working?

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Younger employees are lazy, lack a strong work ethic, and aren’t willing enough to put in time at the bottom of the organization. That’s at least what a recent study commissioned by Bentley University and conducted by KRC research says.

The Washington Post’s article on the study notes that overall, the study paints a poor picture of young professionals. Young workers, however, see themselves in a different light, believing that they are hard working and willing to pay their dues. 

This disconnect presents a difficult challenge to Millennials and employers alike, especially considering the fact that Millennials now make up about 34% the job market--and that number will only grow over time.

Employers are most interested in hiring the right fit for their company—someone who is willing to put time and effort into their work—and the challenge for Millenials is proving that they can be that candidate. As Gary Perkins, the President & CEO of Children’s Hospital in Omaha said to Midland’s MBA class, he’s always looking for “smart and hard working people to jump in and get things done.”

So how do recent graduates show that they are smart and hard working?

One way to distinguish yourself is by getting a specialized degree, such as an MBA. The hybrid MBA degree program at Midland, for example, is designed to produce graduates who demonstrate highly developed analytic and communication skills, and a thoughtful approach to ethical decision-making—all of which are essential to effective business leadership. If you’re a young professional on your way to earning an MBA, you’re already on the right track towards showing that you’re willing to work hard. 

Along with receiving an MBA, having a positive outlook in the workplace will also help prove that you’re willing to do what it takes to succeed. Showing initiative by seeking out extra work and always going that extra mile helps to work against the common misconception that young professionals aren’t willing to pay their dues. 

Another important tenant of life in the business world, especially for young professionals, is that there is always room for improvement. While you may have successfully obtained an MBA and now have a proficient set of soft skills and vast networking base, the drive to keep learning even after you’ve graduated is a great sign that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to push yourself above and beyond—a trait that is highly prized in the business world. 

Young professionals who are willing to pay their dues and expand their skillsets will excel in the face of today’s workplace stereotypes about Millennials. Recognizing that these stereotypes exist is the first step, but it’s up to you to prove yourself and show that you’re a competent, valuable business professional.

If you’re interested in learning more about Midland’s hybrid MBA and how it can help you accelerate your career as a young businessperson, let us know by reaching out to us directly in the comments, via LinkedIn, through Twitter @MidlandMBA, or by phone at 402-941-6517.

Photo credit: Len Brzozowski 

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