The workplace can be hard to navigate for millennials, especially when you’re working to dispel common myths about your generation. More-seasoned professionals may have a negative view of millennials, thinking they aren’t motivated, aren’t effective communicators, don’t want to be managed or don’t want to earn a promotion, says David Goldin, founder and CEO of Capify. But he says millennials are actually extremely creative, entrepreneurial and technologically savvy. Here are some ways to disprove the common misconceptions and advance in the workplace in your 20s:
• Accept the rules. Millennials shouldn’t jump into a new role and immediately want to change every policy they disagree with. These policies probably exist for a reason. Show you’re a team player by accepting the rules, not fighting them.
• Stay goal-oriented. Set goals for yourself instead of waiting for someone else to set them for you. You may want extra responsibility, but it’s important to show your boss you can handle the work you’ve been given before he can give you something else. Think about what motivates you, and set short- and long-term goals that will help you hold yourself accountable. It’s important to show results and work hard before taking the next step.
•. Find out how your supervisors like to communicate. Some people prefer email over in-person conversation. If they prefer an in-person talk, make sure you accommodate them. But don’t disturb them; instead, let them know when you’ll be stopping by.
• Make yourself invaluable. Determine what your company defines as successful. Leverage your strengths and align yourself with that image.
• Show you’re self-sufficient. Millennials should focus on learning the skills it takes to be independent at work. When a manager shows you how to do something, take notes so you can do it yourself next time.
— Adapted from “A CEO Shares His Best Advice for Getting Promoted Quickly When You’re in Your 20s,” Hope Restle, Business Insider.