Warning to millennials: Be careful what you wish for

Climbing the corporate ladder comes at a price—a steep one, in many cases.


Millennials are a ferocious bunch. You will be hard-pressed to meet a millennial in the PR industry who isn’t angling for that corner office job at the tender age of 25.

They know what they want, and they work hard to get there.

I applaud that attitude. There’s nothing wrong with having a big dream and working like hell to get it. In fact, that’s a mindset I hope to instill in my children. Dream it. Do it.

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But here’s the thing, millennials: Be careful what you wish for. That corner office job comes with a hefty price tag. Ever think about exactly what that corner office job entails? What it requires of you? What it will mean for your life?

Many folks, including those outside the millennial generation, think of the many positives of an executive job: the bigger salary, the credibility and respect, the power. Rarely do people discuss and think about the drawbacks.

Let’s count them:

1. Long, unforgiving hours.

2. Relentless pressure to perform.

3. Days in back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings (but still having work at your desk).

4. The loneliness of no longer having as many (if any) peers.

5. The toll the job may take on your family or personal life.

6. The fact that you are usually the first one in the office each morning and the last one to leave.

7. Happy hour is a thing of the past.

8. Lunch at your desk for the foreseeable future—if you eat lunch.

9. No more ducking out for a quick Pilates class.

10. Office politics.

Still want that corner office dream job?

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Arik Hanson is principal of ACH Communications. He blogs at Communications Conversations, where a version of this article originally appeared.

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