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Verbiage: "Gen Y" talking to "Gen X". This is getting old.

Chacham (981) writes | more than 5 years ago

User Journal 5

Browsing Pete Finnigan's Oracle blog aggregator, there was a link to this article about a new generation in the workforce.

The main point is some youngster saying "get used to us". The feeling a superiority normally found in teenagers just beginning to enter the real world, here expressed in full print. It is a very nice example.

Browsing Pete Finnigan's Oracle blog aggregator, there was a link to this article about a new generation in the workforce.

The main point is some youngster saying "get used to us". The feeling a superiority normally found in teenagers just beginning to enter the real world, here expressed in full print. It is a very nice example.

Obviously, a generation ago, the people she is saying it to, said it to their elders, and so on and so forth. King Solomon said it best (Ecc 1:10):

Is there [any] thing whereof it may be said, See, this [is] new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

The comments there are mildly amusing.

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From someone between the two generations (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 6 years ago | (#21526469)

The main point is some youngster saying "get used to us".

I took away a different synopsis from her article. Basically:

We're Gen Y'ers, and what is characteristic about us is:

1) We build ourselves up by knocking other people down, especially and ironically the very same people that created all the wonderful stuff that we decided to narrowly base our identity on.

2) We're better suited to the work world because we've used FaceBook.

3) We admit that we don't have a real answer when presented with a choice to go with something or not. We don't think about things, about what makes sense or what would be best, we just assume that why wouldn't we. If it's possible, why not do it. Everything thoughtlessly follows from that.

4) We want gadgets that can keep us focused on work at all times. Leave work at work, and have a separation and balance between that and home life? That's wrong! We've always been writing papers and doing homework etc. all the time, we've always (so far in our short time here on earth) been constantly busy working, and since we've always done it this way, that's how we should always do it. Besides, we're insecure in our own individualities, being disconnected is scary and we need the constant Borg-like 24-hour connection.
 

Obviously, a generation ago, the people she is saying it to, said it to their elders, and so on and so forth.

Not necessarily. When I entered the workforce, I wanted to be like the older pros. But I guess I was going for building a specific skill set. The author sounds like she has no real skills, or at least doesn't mention a particular career goal, and is clinging to the belief that by virtue of never having used a card catalog, and by being young, that means her generation's success is inevitable.

Re:From someone between the two generations (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21526781)

Hmm... i do not disagree with your points. I do think, however, that some of it is that teenage-mind-think that they know more than anyone before them.

I did not enter looking for a specific skill set. I just kind of fell into programming and database work. But i can appreciate your point about your own goals.

Thanx for the comment.

Re:From someone between the two generations (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 6 years ago | (#21527235)

I do think, however, that some of it is that teenage-mind-think that they know more than anyone before them.

They do, about certain things. The mistake is in being sloppy in assuming where the line is, between that which they know more about and that which they don't. Susceptibility to this derives directly from the counterpart of the old "the more you know, the less you think you know".

The whole article is probably overstated. Maybe to stand out as an article. And maybe as a reaction to being stereotyped negatively. (In contrast, I don't recall those around my age ever being labeled negatively by older workers. Maybe because we had some of their traits.)

Re:From someone between the two generations (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21532207)

They do, about certain things.

If you mean by having a fresh look at things, perhaps. Otherwise, it is usually very little. Or so i would think.

Susceptibility to this derives directly from the counterpart of the old "the more you know, the less you think you know".

Well said.

The whole article is probably overstated. Maybe to stand out as an article.

Probably. The only thing nice about the article is that is a good specimen of this attitude.

(In contrast, I don't recall those around my age ever being labeled negatively by older workers.

Sometimes, that's because they are past that too. :)

Maybe because we had some of their traits.)

True. Or perhaps, because they were respected as knowledgeable people, and returned the favor by respecting you the same way. Pro 27:19 [blueletterbible.org]

As in water face [answereth] to face, so the heart of man to man.

Re:From someone between the two generations (1)

rholliday (754515) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560987)

That's a pretty good summary. Made me laugh out loud quite a bit, drawing some odd looks. She seemed like she was specifically trying to verify the "bratty" accusations.
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