Now that you know my alter egos, let’s get to the down and dirty. What is it really like working with Millennials when you’re just in Gen Z? Well, it’s not always easy.
Unfortunately, your age is attached to everything you do. In fact, to Millennials your age is basically scribbled in big, red, bold numbers across the pages of your work. It’s like this: you’re younger, they’re older, they look at you like the varsity players looked at the junior varsity players in high school. It’s just how it is. I get it.
But just like those lowly JV players, it makes me work even harder. If I know there’s already going to be a bias when someone reads my writing, I just work 10x harder to make sure it’s as near perfect as I can get it. It’s like a fun little game.
A young age is sometimes perceived as a lack of experience. They’ve been through college; I’m barely in college. They’ve worked for more than five years; I just kind of showed up one day. To them, I’m their “little buddy.”
But to me, it doesn’t matter.
At first, I kept reminding myself “dude, you’re only 19, it’s okay,” but then I was like, “so what?” Just because I’m 19 doesn’t mean I can’t do good work. Now, I push myself to higher standards and execute on a higher level. Because to me, these people are my peers. Even if I’m their little buddy, I still want to show them that I can pack a punch.
So when you get “little-buddy zoned” (it’s like getting friend zoned) by a Millennial, don’t get discouraged. Just stay calm, learn from your mistakes and make the work even better next time.
Don’t treat your age like a disease. Use your age to your advantage. See, I just found the cure for nineteenyearolditis.