NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Listen up millennials: It may not seem important right now, but, at some point, your biological alarm clock will be set to establish roots, buy a house, have kids, and build a more secure platform to provide stability for both you and your significant others. And when that time comes, you're going to look back and wish you had made fewer mistakes in your career.
It may not seem fair, but you have already been judged by many of your older colleagues as entitled, lacking in company loyalty, and lazy. It's harsh feedback for employees who are relatively new to the workforce and, certainly, not true for everyone. The deck is stacked against you from the start. But that doesn't give you free rein to act out or to prove that they are right.
A few words of advice on what not to do to prevent your career from derailing and to get back on track when you have fallen off:
1. Don't think that just because your boss is older that you are smarter.
You can disagree but not in public and never with an ultimatum. Think about what you can learn from your older colleagues that will make you a more well-rounded professional. You have not worked long enough to force your point of view on the decision-making process. Part of growing up as a professional is learning how to achieve consensus through discussion and occasional compromise.