I love Generation Y. There, I’ve said it. I know they have a bad reputation, can be arrogant, have deplorably short attention spans, and are always fiddling with their phones (although Gen X are starting to give them a good run for their money). I’ve never had one working for me (I’m a one woman band here), but I do work with and for them. And I love their enthusiasm, energy and openness to new ideas. Totally invigorating for an old crusty Gen Xer like myself.
I also love their command of technology. A couple of days ago I was in a chain store, well known for having lots of high tech stuff and no-one to sell it to you. As I stood in a quandary in front of the blue tooth car thingummy display, a young member of Gen Y approached me, and in a few minutes had explained, reassured and sold me what I was looking for. And it was on special.
It’s sitting in my car now…and it works too. Just like she said it would.
So my take on Gen Y is this:
- They are far better to work for, or with, than have working for you. Tricky I know, considering current career progression theory considers it wise to get some runs on the board working for someone before branching out alone.
- If their enthusiasm and entrepreneurial qualities can be used for good, not evil, there’s exciting times ahead and,
- If you need a new blue tooth thingummy, they are the ideal generation to approach for assistance.
- Naturally my opinions come prepacked with tons of generalisations, which may or may not be agreed with, or even considered appropriate, but they’re mine, all mine.