Paying Your Dues: Why It’s So Hard For Millennials In The Work-Force

So guys, how does it feel to hear from me multiple times a week?! Are we digging this or no? Let ya girl know. In other news, I’ve been doing what I do best – thinking – and you know what conclusion I’ve come to? Us millennials are so freaking hard to please. Like, are we even human? That was a joke. But seriously, we have some deep issues to work out guys, especially when it comes to being in the workforce. After thinking and observing many of my friends and colleagues, I’ve seen a few things…keep reading to find out!

One of the things I’ve noticed is that once we see things not going our way in the workforce we’re ready to get on Linkedin and look for a new job – as if it will be waaay different there. Why do we like to run at the first sight of what we feel to be “unacceptable”? Here’s where I think the world went wrong with us…

We’re used to getting praised for every little thing we do, so when we don’t get the praises we feel we deserve in the workforce, we chalk it up as “oh, I’m not appreciated here so I’m going to take my talents elsewhere”, Girl, don’t you know that our parents came from way worse work environment than we could ever imagine? They had to “pay their dues”, and instead of running at the first sight of feeling like a task was below them, they stuck it out and worked their way up to the top.

On the other-hand though, I will say that we’re a generation who doesn’t like to settle – so if we don’t like something we’re quick to change it. We’re more active (sometimes a little bit too active), but that’s a good thing. I just don’t think that we should be so quick to cut things off before we give it a fair shot.

While reading an article in Forbes, I found that:

Ninety-one percent of Millennials (born between 1977-1997) expect to stay in a job for less than three years, according to the Future Workplace Multiple Generations @ Work” survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers. That means they would have 15 – 20 jobs over the course of their working lives!

Shocking right? But how accurate is that! Job hopping has really become the norm for us millennials, but do we have a valid reason for this? Most of us aim high because we feel we’re capable and deserve the higher paying roles. Most of us venture off to work for ourselves, which girl, I’m all for it! We’re really a versatile generation – I’ll give us that much, but is it healthy for us to skip the part where we pay our dues? How long is the “due” paying process even supposed to be?

On the other side, their are upsides to job-hopping via Forbes

Job hopping can also lead to greater job fulfillment…Job-hopping helps workers reach both of these goals, because it means trying out a variety of roles and workplaces while learning new skills along the way.

At the end of the day, I love the generation I’m in. I feel like we’re creative, we’re smart and we really know what we want – which is why it’s so hard for us to just sit back and wait for someone to tell us we deserve a pay rise or a promotion when we’ve known it all along.

Now, I’m not one with all of the answers, but I do like to address certain topics to see how you guys feel! Let me know what you think about this “job-hopping” issue with millennials, and if you even see it as an issue to begin with. Comment below!

I hope you beauties have an awesome week! xo


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  1. In regards to “job hopping”I think it is a great way to gain inexpert and learn new talents. I am all for it. Being in the healthcare field I’ve been at 3 “well known” hospitals and I had to get one that fit me. Selfish lol but I needed to be comfortable but yet efficient in my work at the same time.

    1. I definitely agree with you. Job hopping has it’s benefits as long as it’s for the right reasons!

  2. I definitely agree with you. Job hopping has it’s benefits as long as it’s for the right reasons!

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