Millennials. They are the generation that came after the Generation X. They are also known as the Net generation. They are digital natives who grew up in an electronics-filled environment, who knows no life without the internet and techie devices, and loves to network, socialize, and share everything in the social media. There’s a lot has been said, articles written, series produced, and books published about this generation.
A management trendsetter and an author of the recently published book, 9 Entrepreneurisms: Management Practice for a VUCA World, Anwar Jumabhoy passionately shared his perspective on the two most controversial and known issues with millennials in the Digital News Asia.
Digital News Asia is an independent news portal that covers the ICT ecosystem, including industry and public policy issues, entrepreneurs, startups, movers and shakers in the industry and business trends, especially how Digital Disruption is affecting traditional businesses.
According to Anwar, there are two known issues millennials are popular with. They are:
- Millennials are said to be addicted to social media and reluctant to make long-term commitments.
- Mobility has meant that this generation has more information and more choices.
Sharing his parallelism on the older generation and the millennials, Anwar argues that millennials are no different from us.
When it comes to media reading and consuming news, older generation relies on the jolly old newspaper to primarily get it subjected and limited to the biases of the writers, editors, and journalist of a particular newspaper. While for millennials, they also devour (digital) news which are abundant, free, and can be available anytime online. However, this time, through social media or searching the web. But the trouble is, nowadays, there’s a handicap on the kinds of news that being circulated, such as ‘fake news’.
Anwar also gives light to Millennials’ job hopping and unwillingness to make a commitment. According to Anwar, Millennials are not disloyal as they are portrayed to be. With the advent of internet era and social media, Millennials are more aware of their options and opportunities; even becoming an entrepreneur and working for themselves rather than being enslaved by the usual ‘9-5’, which the older generation lacked during their time, thus, making them risk-averse.
According to Anwar, “If the generation before had the information and opportunities of today, would they have accepted lifetime employment? Definitely not! So before we cast stones at the Millennials, we should actually reflect on the very similar intentions of the generation before.”
Millennials maybe incorrectly stereotyped, but they are no different from the older generation before them. Millennials need to be thankful that information and opportunities nowadays sprout and can be enjoyed with just a simple ‘click of the button’.
Learn more about Anwar’s perspective about Millennials HERE.
An illuminating article about the Millennial Generation! This is awesome, Anwar!
Digital News Asia (DNA) is an independent news portal that covers the ICT ecosystem, including industry and public policy issues, entrepreneurs, startups, movers and shakers in the industry and business trends, especially how Digital Disruption is affecting traditional businesses. Besides the portal, it also has a twice monthly radio show on BFM in Kuala Lumpur and a Tech Talk segment on Bloomberg TV Malaysia.
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