25 May 2010

Gen Y: A Very Inflated Sense of Self, Totally Unprepared


We are living in increasingly difficult times financially and geopolitically. Meeting the challenges of these times will require an internal toughness and resiliency which was present in past generations -- the depression and WWII generations for example -- but which seems to be increasingly absent with each new generation that comes along in our affluent societies.

An entire generation of young people is rising up which somehow believes it is entitled to having it all -- just by existing. Think of them as Cinderellas and Peter Pans, or psychological neotenates if you will. They never learned work ethic, work skills, practical competencies, or how to move past inevitable failure to success. They are "Generation Y."
Those who were born into "Generation Y" have an over-inflated sense of entitlement lack the work ethic to achieve their goals.
They also hate being criticised, it is claimed.

Researchers believe that the problem stems from being constantly told from birth they are special and as a result now believe it - and will ignore anybody who says otherwise.

But far from making them happy their approach to life leads to higher levels of depression and "chronic diasppointment" as unjustified levels of self-esteem masks the ugly reality.

Academics have concluded the values drummed into their grandparents, such as a strong work ethic and self-sacrifice, have been lost in the relentless quest for self-fulfilment.

"Generation Y" or Gen-Yers refers to those born between the 1980s and 90s who are now in their 20s or approaching their 30s.

They are also known as the "Millennium generation" or the "Boomerang generation" because they keep moving back home with their parents in young adulthood due to financial or commitment issues.

They are marked by dependence on technology, delaying of adulthood, a casual approach to life and placing a higher value on self-fulfilment than previous generations. _Telegraph_via_ImpactLab
As economic times grow more difficult, those hoping to succeed in work and careers will need to be tough enough to bounce back from rejection and criticism. They will need to have insight into their own inadequacies which will require correction and self-improvement. They will have to understand how to constantly learn and grow, when they do not "measure up" to external standards and requirements. Otherwise, widespread failure, disillusion, and misery are the result.
"They do seem to have a chip on their shoulder," said Karen Obringer, internships coordinator and counselor for IPFW Career Services. "We've seen a lot of students not coming to events that could help them, and that's not good, because in this market, you have to be aggressive."

...A report from the Economic Policy Institute on the class of 2010 says it faces the worst job market since the end of World War II. The institute is a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C., that researches economic issues.

Authors of the study say it will take "years for the labor market to recover from the damage induced by the recent recession."

In short, institute researchers believe graduates are entering the employment market at a particularly bad time, although poor job prospects are not their fault.

..."There are those out there that feel it wasn't this hard for my brother or sister, so why is it for me?" said Harvey, assistant professor of management at the University of New Hampshire.

"It is a bit depressing, certainly frustrating for them, and they're not used to" rejection.

Students today, Harvey said, might have been coddled by well-meaning parents and others "and now are facing economic reality." _Journal-Gazette
Children must be taught basic competencies, and basic exploratory and learning skills. They have to know how to learn from failure, and to want to constantly improve their abilities, skills, and knowledge. They must be challenged and given honest assessments of their performance. And critically, they must have legitimate rites of passage that signifies to them and to others that they have successfully completed basic phases of development and are ready to move on.

In affluent societies, children are sheltered from reality, kept separate from the adult world and responsibility -- and somehow they are expected to magically become adults when they receive a diploma and are thrust into the job market. But too many never became adults -- were never given the type of upbringing or education which would lead them into adulthood.

Now that the economy has taken a long term dip and the world ecology of aggressor nations and militant religions is once again heating up, a smarter, stronger, wiser, and more self-reliant population is called for.

Good luck with that.


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Blogger George said...

I work with a Gen-Y guy. He got hired a little over a year ago.

What we do is a clash between technology and being a handyman.

We install high speed wireless networks in business and residential settings.

We do mesh networks as well as point to point dedicated links.

He's done well and as he's getting ready to fill my shoes as I retire.

He makes a good salary and usually works 3 hours a day.

He is the exception to the rule of this generation in my mind.

Why? Because his parents raised him correctly.

These Gen-Y kids are just brats because that's how their parents raised them.

His Dad, a retired SeaBee.
His mom a Sargent in the Police force.

They Did well and he, wants to grow with the company.

I like that, as there are not a lot of good jobs in small towns like ours.

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010  
Blogger gtg723y said...

If you think gen-yers are spoiled brats you should see the kids borne between 1990 and 2000 and 2000 to now. Some of the problem is the illegalization of hazing rituals,not the dangerous stuff, but the silly stuff. My school phased out rats caps (hats the freshman had to wear) because two female freshman refused to wear them and had their hair shaved off. Tech also got rid of drown proofing because some girls thought it was wrong to make them wear bathing suits in front of their male class mates, because they are special.

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010  
Blogger Hell_Is_Like_Newark said...

One of the best learning experiences I had was working at a seafood retail store at 16 years of age, back in the mid 80's. I learned skills that I still use today (I am a damn good cook when it comes to seafood). It also forced me to "grow up" with responsibilities such as getting to work on time, dealing with customers, and meeting the boss's expectations. The last one involved me getting several raises.

For the first time in my life, I had some degree of financial independence. I could do what I wanted with my money (I saved up to buy a car, tools, and paid for some auto repair classes) and didn't have to beg my parents for cash. That was one of my greatest experiences as a teenager.. independence (liberty). I never wanted to give it up once I got it.

Yet in school, teachers railed against us kids getting jobs. We would just spend the money on drugs and we had our whole lives to work. Our parents were lobbied to get us into sports and other extra curricular activities that would keep us in school until the evening hours. The fact that teenagers no longer have part time jobs to the level of my generation, this lobbying has been very successful. As a result, we have kids until 18 years of age, have had the majority of their day managed and dictated. This is not a good thing.

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010  
Blogger George said...

I have no good feelings for our next generation.

They have lost the focus

We have over a year of food and water stored and enough ammo to wear out every weapon I have.

I expect to die at home.

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010  
Blogger gtg723y said...

george: How long did it take you to get to that level of preparedness? I'm not quite there yet but still have a few more steps to go. I have a massive garden and am getting good at preserving but I don't have any of the freeze dried stuff, we have amo but not that much.

Thursday, 27 May, 2010  

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