Being a Millennial comes with certain advantages. Learn what skills set you apart from Baby Boomers and GenX workers.

The battle of the generations rages on! Baby Boomers and GenX employees generally feel that GenY workers are uncommitted, slack, elusive and, of course, brazen. Millennials, on the other hand, continue to feel that Baby Boomers and GenX are all work and no play. Where’s the work-life balance, they continue to say?

Well, it seems the world is changing rapidly. Now that young professionals are moving up the ranks in the workforce, we’re likely to see some fundamental shifts in how business gets done. (Click to Tweet!)

GenY has a few significant advantages over their predecessors:

1. Social media fluency

Social media is here to stay. And who are the biggest users of social media? Generation Y.

Although social media has been around for a number of years, many organizations have yet to make an appearance on these platforms. In today’s competitive business age, social media is a must to build an attractive brand and reach a larger market. GenY feels comfortable with social media and can help businesses grow through these platforms.

GenY grew up using social media and the Internet, so they’ll most likely be the ones who make the decisions, apply innovation and manage projects in the workplace. This is not just limited to social media, but all digital marketing. It just makes business sense.

2. New networking tactics

Networking is becoming easier, and Millenials have learned to branch beyond their business cards and get creative to reach influential people in their industry. You might reach out through a tweet, a LinkedIn message or even by writing a personal email to get the attention of the person you’re after.

Since GenY has had the advantage of growing up with this technology, they’ll most likely find online networking easier. There are also forums abundant with opportunities to network. And, of course, there’s the good old Google search. Type in a name or a topic of your interest, and away you go, straight to the “About” or “Contact” page.

It’s great to see more and more Baby Boomers and GenX networking online, but GenY employees do have a slightly better opportunity to leverage this medium to help advance their careers faster and more effectively.

3. Drive to learn and adapt

Although Baby Boomers and GenX have been working in the corporate world for much longer and have a massive amount of expertise and knowledge, GenY does have an advantage in understanding more about the way the future will look and feel.

Another advantage to GenY is they have the desire to tap into more knowledge, skills and expertise at the earlier stages of their career—and not just in the local community, but around the world. Millennials are eager to learn on the job so they can make projects successful and advance their careers.

The way business is being done is changing forever. It’s exciting. Because of rapid technology advancements, we’re at a pivotal point in the history of the world and how companies operate.

Baby Boomers and Gen X are the driving force of organizations, but GenY workers have already started to make their impact and will soon take the reigns.

Brendan Baker is the Founder and Director of Gradrecruit, a graduate careers portal that provides graduates with the opportunity to search and apply for graduate jobs, internships and vacation programs and provides the latest and most relevant career advice from leading experts around the world. Head over now and launch your career at Gradrecruit.


  1. Amy Blankenship

    I think the big disadvantage of genx is actually that they’ve all grown up in environments where their self-esteem is paramount. Unfortunately, this means that you can’t point out problems with their work without completely devastating them. Also, their understanding of social media looksa bit shallow to the significant fraction of geny that has been doing it since you had to dial in to your online community.

  2. Anwell Steve

    Every company has advantages and disadvantages, and it’s crucial to understand how the business operation goes. Maybe you can claim that you are on the edge among others, but I think it won’t be biased if the cons is also revealed.

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  4. Belinda Summers

    For me, you don’t need to be a generation y to fit the company’s qualification. You just have to think like them. Be as innovative, open-minded and receptive to novelty. 🙂

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  6. Jacques

    soon take the reins*****

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  8. jrandom421

    Just had an entertaining experience of watching a Gen Y intern attempt to explain social media to a senior executive of a technology company. Since this senior executive started as an engineer and worked his way up through Cisco’s engineering department, and was a senior contributor to Cisco’s social media policies, it was entertaining to watch this Gen Y intern lecture him on the importance of social media, and how important it was for it to be totally independent and free of any kind of corporate restriction and control.

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