Millennials share their golden advice to millennials: Part II

Millennials share their golden advice to millennials: Part II

Following our first round of GYV-signed tips, we asked more members of our international team to share their golden piece of advice to millennials today based on their personal experience and expertise. See all the insights below.

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The golden advice I would like to share with you and which guides my day-to-day interactions with others is about communication. To me, apart from the various languages we know (such as English or French) there are as many languages as there are humans. Communicating effectively means listening to others, trying to understand their point of view (while putting yours aside), and then expressing your opinion in a constructive and benevolent manner so that dialogue can flourish and lead to a common agreement. Every day, we interact with people from different cultures, or people who have a different education. In order to create a real relationship with them and ensure you are being understood, using the right communication skills is key!
— Fanny Coumau, 23, France, dual-degree graduate student/GYV Contributor
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I would give two tips to millennials. First, connections can be huge: try to connect and keep in touch with everyone you meet and get to know, especially within your professional environment. Do it via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any kind of social network where you can keep your contacts together. You never know what kinds of bonds, references or opportunities these contacts might lead to in the future. Second, seize every opportunity you can: going abroad, helping your community and meeting new people can all contribute to your personal development, be it raising confidence or adding a great experience towards broadening your horizons. Do not hesitate, keep an eye out for events and opportunities and go for it!
— Robert Cain, 22, U.K., graduate student/GYV News Editor
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Do not let the social media-perpetuated culture of overachievement and perpetual bliss bring you down. It is not about how much you succeed compared to other people, but rather how much you succeed compared to the resources at your disposal and what you choose to do with them. Quit chasing external rewards (praise, recognition, extra money, appreciation or mere acceptance) at any cost. People’s feelings/opinions are fickle, fleeting, changeable and all-round unreliable. Instead, cultivate your intrinsic motivation by directing your efforts towards the activities you take pleasure in doing and finding personal satisfaction in whatever life throws at you. Once you begin to derive your sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from your personal approach to things without it being tied to other people’s perceptions of you, nothing and no one can stop you from achieving success.
— Christina Fakhry, 22, Lebanon, journalist/GYV Writer

All photos were collected and designed by author Christina Fakhry.

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