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Millennials talk careers: Declan Darbyshire

Declan Darbyshire

Age: 20

Education: High School (GCSE) & AS Level

Current role: Content & Off-Page SEO

Ideal role: SEO Account Manager



Are the stereotypes about millennials true?

There are many stereotypes and opinions about millennials, ranging from ‘millennials think they’re entitled’ all the way to ‘millennials are lazy’. I can’t say the stereotype isn’t true for SOME millennials, but I could also say that this stereotype fits SOME people who are baby boomers. You’re always going to find people who are lazy, feel entitled or just generally fit a certain stereotype but just because you meet a few individuals that seem to fit into a certain stereotype, it doesn’t mean you can categorise everybody of that age group, race etc. into that stereotype. The real side to all of this is, millennials are indebted (student loan prices are through the roof), feel stuck (we can’t move out because rent is so high and buying a house is so unattainable) and are one of the least mobile generations since before the silent generation. Millennials are stuck in a time where owning your own house is a dream not an entirely attainable goal. Student loans payment are so high that many millennials struggle to move out, even while working two jobs (I’ve recently been looking for a second job in order to move out), so it can’t be said that millennials are lazy or entitled. So, no, the stereotypes surrounding millennials aren’t true. Some people fit the stereotype while many, many others don’t.


What benefits most attract you to a new position?

When looking into a new position, money has to play an important role. With the economy how it is, it’s important to ensure you’re able to provide for yourself in the long term and so money is always going to be a big attraction to anybody, not just millennials. While money will play a part in attracting me to a new position, things like job title, responsibilities and even the team morale within the new position are all things that would influence my decision. I want to be noticed for what I offer to my team and position, I want a job title that fits what I do, I want my own responsibilities within a role etc.


In the long term which of the following is most important to you? (Please explain why?)

  • Career development
  • Work/ life balance
  • Salary

Personally, all three are important to me. If I had to rank the three in terms of which I feel is most important, I’d have to put salary first. Not because I’m only focused on money (I don’t feel this is a bad trait), but because in the long term I’m looking to be able to provide for myself, move out and live comfortably without worrying about money troubles. I can deal with having a bad work/life balance, during this time of my life, I’m happy to give up time with friends and family in order to focus on providing for myself. As for career development, this is something that simply comes with hard work, it’s not something I’m too focused on right now, I have many years ahead of me and with hard work and time I can slowly develop my career and progress further.

What do you think most companies are getting wrong when hiring/ retaining younger workers?

One of the huge things I feel many companies are expecting from young workers is that they expect you to have 5 years of experience by the time you finish college, rather than hire and help develop a younger worker who is determined to prove they have what it takes to make an impact and make a difference in a role, many companies choose older workers who have a little more experience but might not necessarily be as determined to prove themselves as a younger worker. Even when a company does hire a younger, more inexperienced worker, they tend to not help them develop as much as they should/could. Companies are expecting you to be able to learn months/years of experience etc. Within two weeks without much guidance or training.

Looking back, is there anything you’d change about the route you took to your current career?

If you’d asked me this 2 years ago while I was just starting out in the role, completing my apprenticeship, I would have said “Yes, I wish I’d stuck with college and gone off to University, gotten myself a fancy degree.”, but now after almost 3 years in the role my answer has changed. Now, I’d say No, I’m happy with the career route I took. While it wasn’t an ideal route it paid off for me.  I have many friends in £20,000+ worth of debt and still not able to find a job even though they now have a fancy degree to show off on their CV, but what they don’t have, that I do, is experience. Whether I change careers or stick with my current career for the rest of my life, I now have valuable experience within a professional workplace setting which in the eyes of many employers is worth just as much (if not more) as a degree without any experience.


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