Why Millennials Understand The Future Of Work Better

Why Millennials Understand The Future Of Work Better

The future of work isn’t sitting in individual cubicles slaving away from nine to five.
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The future of work isn’t sitting in individual cubicles slaving away from nine to five. It’s going to be in co-working spaces and remotely. Already, 38 percent of Millennials do freelance work—a number that’s more than likely going to increase. Lack of flexibility in their schedules was a one of the top reasons why Millennials leave their jobs. Freelancing is perfect for this generation.

Co-working spaces give us the flexibility that we crave, while also providing the feeling of belonging to a community and connecting with other workers. You have the incentive of other people working to get you to work, while at home you might have troubles making yourself do things. They offer the perfect balance.

I’m working remotely in a co-working space from Seoul, myself. Hive Arena boasts that it’s the coolest co-working space in Seoul—and they’re probably right. It’s welcoming, friendly and has everything you could ever want from an ideal co-working space. The physical location even provides free beer. It doesn’t really get better than that.

Wanting Flexibility Doesn’t Mean We Don’t Want To Work

In fact, it’s basically the opposite. Millennials really blend their work and personal lives together. We want a job that’s fulfilling because we blend so much. We’re willing to work weird hours as long as we get what we want out of a job. If a Millennial has flexibility and a work environment that works for them, you’ll get the best work out of us.

Millennials tend to pick up extra jobs on the side, too. The share economy is a big deal, and services like Uber and Lyft let us pick up a bit of extra cash whenever we have some free time. We’re adept to multitasking due to the amount of technology we’ve always had at our fingertips, so juggling multiple jobs isn’t a problem.

Instead of formal internships, a lot of Millenials use freelance work to hone their skills and develop new ones, all while getting paid. A lot of internships out there don’t provide payment, so this gives us an opportunity to work in the real world gaining experience without taking a hit in pay. Plus, a college student can often continue doing freelance work during the semester. They’re gaining work experience while getting their education, giving them a chance to get ahead.

We’re Used To Co-living Already

Co-working is where we’re most comfortable. Probably because we’re already co-living. Our generation is less concerned with owning material possessions like houses, and more about the experiences. Co-living gives us experiences with other people, like potluck dinners and other activities with the other people in the shared living space. Being around a community of people with a similar mindset allows everyone to nurture and support each other. It’s good for the mind.

Co-working just extends this practice to the workforce. The people in the workspace are great to bounce ideas off of and to get different perspectives on what you’re working on. You can have people in the same workspace that are all working in different disciplines and for different companies. You can get unique input from them that you wouldn’t be able to get if you were home alone or sitting in a cubicle.

Co-working spaces can also be in a variety of places. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery to shake things up and get some new ideas flowing. They can provide new inspiration. The various people that you’ll meet at each space help too. You’re always going to be with someone different and it only takes one different person to be able to spark the idea you were looking for.

This also works for a co-workspace that specific to one company. When you have everyone from different departments mingling together, you can come up with ideas that never would’ve been thought of otherwise. If everyone is separated in certain departments and at their desks, it’s discouraging the communication and idea flow that could be happening.

Millennials are used to being in constant communication with people at all times of the day. With smartphones and the millions of apps, we’re talking to people all over the world all the time. Being able to communicate freely in the workplace comes naturally to us. We’re already prepared for the future of working with other people in a collaborative environment.

The future of work is in an environment where Millenials thrive. They’re prepared for—and are and are one of the main reasons why—the landscape of the workplace is changing. The days of cramped offices and standard shifts will soon be a thing of the past. This gives Millenials a chance to show the world what they’re capable of and to take the professional world by storm.

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Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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10 Stages Everyone Who Has An 8 A.M. Class Goes Through Before They Roll Out Of Bed

I have to get up at WHAT time?

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I have had two 8 a.m. classes in my college career--and I hope that I never have to take one ever again. They really are the worst things you can take, even worse than a late night class. I have compiled a few stages that I know everyone goes through during the time of their 8 a.m. class.

1. Shocked that you actually have an 8 a.m.

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I know that this was me when I realized that the only time I could take a required class was at 8 in the morning. I thought that the system was joking with me and just wanted me to suffer. I kept searching and checking everyday to see if another one was going to open up, even though three weeks of school had gone by.

2. Denying that you actually need that class and actually have to go to pass

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As soon as my teacher said that attendance was mandatory, my heart was crushed. I couldn't believe that he would make attendance mandatory on a MWF class. Three days a week, I have to be up at 7 in the morning and be functioning like a normal person.

3. The pain of waking up every other day

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I have been going to this class and every time I have to go, it is a pain that I can feel in the back of my eyes. I contemplate everyday not going because of how painful it is to go to a class where we read things off a powerpoint.

4. The guilt of wanting to not go and going and realizing that you could have slept in and read the powerpoint yourself

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I always feel like my body is guilting me when we realize that all we've done today is read off a powerpoint, which I'm pretty sure I can do by myself. I feel my body being angry when it makes me almost fall asleep in class.

5. You bargain with yourself everyday that you could miss just one class and be fine

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I would always hope that my conscious would let me skip my class, but because I am the person that hates being late, let alone missing a class.

6. Reflecting on the fact that you've done nothing new in a week

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I swear that we do the same thing everyday in that class. We just keep going over and going over the same thing.

7. The upward turn when you feel more awake after having an 8 a.m. class

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For about a week, I felt more awake and like I was getting more done every day. That slowly went away...

8. Reconstructing your life to make your 8 a.m. make more sense

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I wake up everyday and I cross a day off of my calendar and I subtract a day from the countdown.

9. Accepting the fact that this is for the ENTIRE semester and not just for now

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I think that I just have to accept that I have this class and there's no way of getting out of it.

10. The hope that you have everyday that it is going to be cancelled

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Even though I know that I will have the class every day, I still have high hopes that it will be cancelled everyday.

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