FlippED is An ED Original Style wherein two bloggers come together to share their opposing or orthogonal perspectives on an interesting subject.

We’re back with FlippED! In our latest edition, we talk about the millennial generation and how this generation has (or hasn’t) been engulfed in a void where it has begun to normalize and appreciate the idea of mediocrity.

So let’s take a look at how the 2 sides of this debate by 2 different bloggers pan out and analyze the topic further.

Starting off, we talk about why the millennial generation doesn’t revel in mediocrity and is rather career-driven and ambitious.

Here goes:

“Millennials are one of the most successful generations ever, in terms of being innovative and creative. The idea to consistently aim for a better quality of life shows we haven’t started reveling in mediocrity.”

~ Blogger Yogita Rathore

Truth be told, millennials are better than the previous generations in a lot of aspects. Be it being career-oriented, being socially aware or consistently aiming to better our standard of living by being self-starters, we have one-upped all our previous generations.

That definitely doesn’t indicate we have accepted mediocrity as a way of living! In fact, we have created more jobs than the previous generations ever could. With avenues like YouTube & other social media platforms providing full-time career options and hundreds of start-ups taking birth every month, we have built an army of entrepreneurs.

As per the data collected by multiple surveys, it has been reported that almost 67% of millennials worldwide have either started their own business or wish to do so in the near future and almost 50% wanted to be a CEO or president of a company in future.

This clearly indicates how the aspirational value of this generation has taken a huge leap as compared to previous generations and shows that the millennial generation wants to set huge benchmarks.

Not only that, we millennials know how to get our work done in less time and yet cost-effective manner, which further highlights our potential to minimize labor and prioritize skills with a problem-solving attitude.

Well, that just makes us smarter not someone who is being lazy and is okay with taking a mediocre job in the future.

Now, if I manage to save time after getting my work done beforehand, it’s my choice if I spend that time on social media or on Netflix. So, what’s anyone’s problem with that?

Coming to the work talk, most of the millennials today take up internships and work even while completing studies to get into a professional sphere before getting a degree. Technology and academic curriculum has further created tonnes of opportunities for us and we use it to the fullest. 

All this has created a cutthroat competitive environment and we millennials tackle it every day like a cakewalk. If that’s mediocrity to you, I believe you need to start upgrading your dictionary.

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Summing up, I don’t believe that millennials revel in mediocrity. We’ve dreamed of connecting the world across borders and our idols such as Mark Zuckerberg are already making it happen, by starting billion-dollar fortunes from a dorm room. Not too shabby, if you ask me.

And now, we move to the other side of the debate:

“Aryabhatta invented the number zero. The millennial generation exhibits exactly that amount of creativity. Yes. Zero.”

~ Blogger Sahib Singh

I’ve tried to defend the millennial generation but my patience has run out. Consistent observations have strengthened my belief that millennials are the least hard-working generation of them all and pitch their idea of laziness as “smart working”.

Being a millennial myself, I’ve seen kids who don’t want to work hard but want to make money with no particular skill set and when things don’t go their way, they start to play the blame game and engage in shit-posting about their college/school/institution.

Agreed, there have been shining examples like Mark Zuckerberg who are front-runners of this changing but last time I checked, there’s only one Zuckerberg and not 500. The start-up culture has been majorly referred to as a fad in developing countries like India, where millennials with no profound business model manage to parade about start-ups.

The worst part is that most of them either become complacent, which results in the start-up’s failure and eventually, they give up. We’ve got multiple examples of failed start-ups in India such as SplitKart, StayZilla, Eatonomist, etc. which couldn’t handle the market pressure even after receiving funding or failed due to a bad business model which couldn’t generate much profit.

Moving to jobs, the struggle to get a placement in professional degree courses like engineering further substantiates my stance. Most kids are happy with a mediocre package because they have 0 skills to apply for a higher pay grade job and with the downsizing of job profiles in the IT industry in our country, it’s evident that skill-based profiles with proficient individuals will be prioritized.

Talking about social media and the “careers” it creates, we need to understand that stagnancy is a major part of this debate. Online and video content has a high tendency to get redundant and most millennials don’t think of this prior to opening a channel of their own.

Exceptions do exist within the millennial generation, where some individuals wish to invest their time and effort in productive ventures but the numbers game shows a totally different scenario. There’s a difference between dreaming big and achieving big.

And if the pressure gets too high, the millennial generation has generally been the first one to succumb to it.

On that note, we wrap up this article and leave it up to you to decide if you agree or disagree with the motion at hand.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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Sources: Business Standard, VC Circle + more

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