My Take On Gen-Y

I believe there are already many articles written about this topic. I am not trying to define anything and everything about Gen-Y but more of sharing what I think and my observation. Since young, I have taken interest to understand what goes on the minds of others – the psychology so to speak. As I write this blog entry, I have seen a couple of issues about the Generation-Y at large especially those born in the 1990s.

The Generation Y truly live in very exciting times. If you can relate to Transformers, Smurfs, The Land Before Time, The A-Team, Dallas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Popples, My Little Pony, Jam, and the likes, you are probably a Gen-Y baby. Generation Y would probably be the last generation to understand what the magnetic cassette tapes and Walkman are. Those born later will probably learn about them theoretically from storage medium history books or even see them in the museum.

On one hand, they can be called the luckiest generation because most of them grew up in thriving economy after the “great depression” and “baby boomers”. Those who have gone through the depression made sure their next generation do not have to go through the trauma they had. An average Generation Y person most probably had a wonderful time growing up because their parents provided all the basic necessity they once struggled to obtain.

It was written that Human Resources department of corporations are changing policies to cater for the Gen-Y lest losing “crucial talents” in the workforce. There is definitely something about Gen-Y that causes such a change in the corporate eco-system.

I am firstly a Gen-Y and a keyboard warrior most of the time. I am very idealistic and always wish the world to be perfect (not perfectly round). If you are guessing that I am a frustrated person most of the time, you are probably right. As of late, I am frustrated with my fellow Gen-Y and please allow me to tell you why.

Can Talk but Not Walk.

I was born into an average income family. I was only able to graduate because I took a student loan while I was into the 2nd year of my tertiary education. I had to service the loan while I was studying and that forced me to get a job. I did not get a job but I had 3 jobs for 2 years while I was in college and university. I can still remember the feeling of having a quick dinner in the car whenever my girlfriend (now wife) dropped me off at work. I am grateful that she even stayed on in the relationship when it was so easy for her to get a “champ” compared to me. In a way, I consider myself lucky to have such an experience because it taught me a lot of valuable lessons in life. The outcome, I graduated by barely missing the First-Class Honours. I was so bummed not being able to be picked the Valedictorian or else I could have “delivered” an awesome valedictory (I think).

You see, that is part of the Gen-Y problem. I have some traits of the Gen-Y and being outspoken is definitely one of them. A Gen-Y plus keyboard warrior is definitely a recipe for disaster. Truly, I have always gotten into trouble blogging about my frustrations and I believe what I am going to write next will definitely ruffle some feathers. Not that I get a lot of readers on this blog at the moment, so here goes…

Most Gen-Y are encouraged to speak their minds. So much so that they overlook that they need to get the actual job done. The society continues to award people who are good at presenting points across, those who give their audiences the “feel good” feeling, moving speeches, putting on an impressive front, and many of the likes even without actually giving any tangible results. Talk is cheap as we are told but that is exactly what you can get away with most of the time these days.

The Gen-Y is that huge gap where they had it all too easy and was never made to work hard for what they want. My observation tells me that most of the successful people in this generation are those who were living beneath or within the borders of the poverty line. Those who had to work as hard as their forefathers during the great depression and thus, they are tough like their forefathers.

The great majority of the Gen-Y are weak, always looking for an easy way out, couldn’t care less to get their hands dirty, not resourceful, unable to take ownership and responsibility of challenges, and needs to be told what to do most of the time. Yet, they are picky and whines unnecessarily. Often times, they are oblivious that “an honest day’s wage for an honest day’s job” whether it is hard labour or just desk bound. They easily forget that corporations are paying for their time, the time they churn into tangible results. Results that are substantial and yields proportionate profit for the organization. Ideally, some would like to undercut the corporations so to get their true worth while others prefer to offer their services in exchange for the exposure large corporations are able to offer besides the regular wage they earn. Whatever it is, majority of the workforce are providing their “service” in return for a fair wage. This fact is easily forgotten by the Gen-Y because somehow they have the innate instinct or are built to only be motivated to lift a finger AFTER being shown or given the “feel good” pills. They want the funky Games Room with the latest game consoles, the juke box with the latest records, and all these impressive factors which are in my humble opinion not practical. I have been in a company with such facilities and they are pretty much useless to me. Companies want results and I have no time for games in office. I have a family to tend to after work so good bye dancing in front of the TV screen after work. But the Gen-Y yearns for all these candies. They want to be cuddle and if workplaces can provide a drop dead gorgeous bombshell nurse for breastfeeding, these organizations will be given the Employer of the Year award – just kidding!

Get Real, Burst The Bubble!

The good news is that, “make believes” do not last forever. The easy way out that they boast about will almost never last and eventually, they find themselves struggling in life after wasting valuable time that they could have used on harnessing, sharpening, and practising their talents through a profession.

I guess in life, there will always be a moment when one come into one’s own. Some may never have that opportunity and that would probably be the case for many generations to come. Some brush it off as the rat race and accept their fate as such while others prefer to carve their own destiny. Whatever it is, when push comes to shove, survival instinct will kick in and one will be forced to grow out of the loop.

And if you are truly a Gen-Y, you will know and like Superion…


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