Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Some Advice to Generation Y

The Huffington Post destroys the dreams of many young workers and college students by noting that the reason they are unhappy is because their expectations exceed their reality. And why do their expectations exceed reality? According to the Huff Post, it is because Gen Y individually think that they are special when, in fact, they are not.
Paul Harvey, a University of New Hampshire professor and GYPSY expert, has researched this, finding that Gen Y has "unrealistic expectations and a strong resistance toward accepting negative feedback," and "an inflated view of oneself." He says that "a great source of frustration for people with a strong sense of entitlement is unmet expectations. They often feel entitled to a level of respect and rewards that aren't in line with their actual ability and effort levels, and so they might not get the level of respect and rewards they are expecting." 
For those hiring members of Gen Y, Harvey suggests asking the interview question, "Do you feel you are generally superior to your coworkers/classmates/etc., and if so, why?" He says that "if the candidate answers yes to the first part but struggles with the 'why,' there may be an entitlement issue. This is because entitlement perceptions are often based on an unfounded sense of superiority and deservingness. They've been led to believe, perhaps through overzealous self-esteem building exercises in their youth, that they are somehow special but often lack any real justification for this belief."
Like every generation before, success will require hard work, learning/experience, networking/connections, and a little bit of luck.

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