Millennials: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

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In recent years, the Millennial generation has been entering the workforce at a steady rate, and with them, they’ve brought quite a few stereotypes (good and bad).

One stereotype that seems to stick with them the most is their belief that “I can do anything I put my mind too.”

This attitude, has a few setbacks. While many would argue that this is a great attitude to have, some employers are seeing it as a case of overconfidence due to the lack of preparedness seen in many Millennials as they enter the work environment.

Recently, Forbes contributor Nancy Collamer, asked her daughter Juliana–a Millennial–to write an article about her first year in the workplace and what pieces of advice she had for Millennials now entering the workforce. One piece of advice that stood out to us the most was very simple and straightforward: 

What I wish someone had told me was to ask for help until I made it.

Simply put, don’t be afraid to ask for help. While most employers and leaders would like their employees to know exactly what they need to do to get the job done, most would much rather step in and guide you through the steps in the beginning than have things snowball and turn into a big mistake.

Likewise, your employer should already have an idea of what your skills and experience entails, and as such, should know whether a project or task is too much for you to handle. Don’t try to convince them otherwise, but don’t be afraid to ask for help.

How to ask for help

Just to give you an idea, here are a few ways to ask for help without coming off as ill-prepared: 

  • Find a mentor. Mentorships are a great way to improve yourself not only in your day-to-day tasks, but in your professional career altogether. Find someone around the office that you look up to and see if they’ll take the time to help you hone your skills, and hopefully patch up a few rookie mistakes along the way. 
  • Ask a coworker. For smaller tasks, try asking a coworker to help you out so you don’t have to worry about bothering the big boss. That way, you can save your bigger questions for them and not feel like you are bothering them all the time.
  • Be up-front and realistic. All in all, you need to make sure you are up-front and realistic with your boss before you take on any big task. Nothing is wrong with simply saying that you might need help along the way. As a leader, it is their job to guide you so there shouldn’t be any reason for them to get mad at you in doing so.

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