Who’s more valuable: millennials or experienced employees? As time progresses and technology continues to advance, companies need to take into consideration who they want to hire, and what it will do for their business in the long-run. Both types of employee bring many strong advantages to the table, but as society becomes more sophisticated, companies need to take into consideration who they think is going to be more prepared and qualified.
Also known as Generation Y, millennials are the individuals that were born between the early 1980’s and 2000. This means that when technology started to evolve and the Internet became the next big thing, this generation got to experience it from birth through the present. As they grew with it, they are basically experts at the basics of technology.
Now, in 2016 the oldest Millennial is 34 and the youngest is 18; thus, many of them are just beginning their careers. So the question is, are these newbies qualified enough to beat out the competition of experienced employees?
The benefits of hiring a Millennial over an experienced individual are simple: we are younger; we are tapped into what’s popular and what is not.; we grew up in an era with constant accessibility to technology; we know how to establish trends and stay ahead of the game. Overall, we have a fresh way of thinking that could bring many benefits to any company.
Not only do we know how to detect these social changes, but we are the one’s creating them. Because we were able to grow up with technological advantages, we, as individuals, have evolved with it. We are now the engineers and creators of new apps and websites, and technology in general.
Any company that hires a Millennial over a more experienced applicant may be taking a leap of faith, but more than likely, they will not be disappointed.
The Experienced Employee
Just like the Millennials, an experienced employee has so much to offer. The benefits are obvious: they’re experienced, so they are the safest choice; they know what they are doing and need less training; they already have that professional mindset which fits in with your company’s needs. Experienced employees have also have accumulated references and contacts, and having a strong network of people that are relevant to your organization will only boost business.
As the majority of the Millennial generation is already in the professional world, there is a chance that the seasoned employee is also a millennial. If this is the case, the organization should be considered lucky. Each type of employee is valuable, but when the benefits of both are incorporated in one person, you should definitely not turn them away.
The real dilemma is not between Millennials and experienced employees, since, as the years pass, they are becoming one. What we should be concerned with is the generation that follows us.
Right now, Generation Z is consists of kids younger than the age of 18. We do have time to prepare them, but when they become old enough to enter the professional world, it won’t take long until they replace us all. Will having years of experience really help us out?
These kids are technological monsters! There are 6 year old kids out there who are already creating their own apps and have more followers on social media than any millennial will see in their lifetime.
Though Millennials grew up with new technology, we still had somewhat of childhood that consisted of playing outside and using our imagination to do things. But generation Z has grown up with a technology-takeover. They were using laptops and tablets at the age of 3, and they all have smart phones by the time they’re in the 4th grade. It’s intimidating.
So when the time comes for generation Z to start competing for positions, let’s just hope that our knowledge and ability to learn technology quickly is still relevant. If not, then let us be optimistic that this new group of youngster won’t be too cruel and kick us to the curb.