Gen
Y:

Bridging
the
Genera/on
Gap
in


      Corporate
America

  J.T.
O’Donnell
–
Careerealism.com

Genera/onal
Disconnect

•    Don’t
play
nice!

•    Lack
of
respect

•    Trouble
communica<ng

•    Different
Career
Iden)...
How
Important
is
Career
Iden/ty?


                         (I
can
read
your
mind!)





•  What
do
you
do?

•  I
am
a
___...
America’s
Career
Crisis


•  7
out
of
10
Americans
are
unhappy
with
work.

•  Condi<oned
to
never
be
sa<sfied.


  (i.e.
Se...
Re‐cap
of
the
Genera<ons:

•    Matures
(age
64+)

•    Baby
Boomers
(ages
45‐63)

•    Gen
X
(ages
30‐44)

•    Gen
Y
(ag...
The
Disconnect:


•  shaped
by
drama<cally

   different
experiences

•  4
unique
reali<es

•  don’t
respect/appreciate

  ...
Key
Defini<ons

           “LOYALTY”                 “MONEY”                   “CAREER”                  “APPROACH”


Matur...
Driving
Percep<ons

            Priorities            Frustrations                   Value                   Admire &
    ...
Gen
Y

•  Unprepared
&
En<tled

•  Easily
Overwhelmed

•  Avoid
3
C’s
At
ALL
Costs





                Presenta<on
cannot...
Gen
X

•  Intense!

•  Golden
Handcuffs

•  Blurry
Work‐Life
Balance





               Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
di...
Baby
Boomers

•  Re<rement‐ready
BUT

   Underfunded

•  No
Distrac<ons
Please!

•  Been
There,
Done
That





           ...
Matures

•  Work
is
Life

•  What’s
the
Hurry?

•  Process,
Process,
Process!





               Presenta<on
cannot
be
re...
Older
Genera<ons
MUST
Consider:

  On‐demand,
Instant
Gra/fica/on
Era

















   
(Sensorial
Assault
‐
Be[er,
Fas...
Younger
Genera<ons
Dealing
With:

•  Land
of
Opportunity

  (“Everything’s
be[er
than
what
we
had.”)

•  Pay
Your
Dues
&
R...
Ques<ons?





Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.

        Permission
reques...
One
last
thought…


TA
and
we
really
HTH.


TC,
GL
and
remember
‐

         TTTT!




           Presenta<on
cannot
be
reu...
www.CAREEREALISM.com

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EVERY
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Temporary


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Generation Y: Bridging the Generation Gap in Corporate America

  1. 1. Gen
Y:
 Bridging
the
Genera/on
Gap
in

 Corporate
America
 J.T.
O’Donnell
–
Careerealism.com

  2. 2. Genera/onal
Disconnect
 •  Don’t
play
nice!
 •  Lack
of
respect
 •  Trouble
communica<ng
 •  Different
Career
Iden))es
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  3. 3. How
Important
is
Career
Iden/ty?

 (I
can
read
your
mind!)
 •  What
do
you
do?
 •  I
am
a
____________.
 •  Did
you
pick
someone
with

 professional
success?
 FACT:
No
other
society
in
the
world
puts
as
 

 much
emphasis
on
career
success
as
we
do.
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  4. 4. America’s
Career
Crisis
 •  7
out
of
10
Americans
are
unhappy
with
work.
 •  Condi<oned
to
never
be
sa<sfied.

 (i.e.
Sensorial
Assault:
24/7
=
be[er/faster/cheaper)
 •  Our
personal
iden<<es
are
<ghtly
linked
to
our
 professions.
 •  Our
level
of
happiness
in
life
rises
and
falls
with
respect
 to
how
we
are
feeling
about
our
jobs.
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  5. 5. Re‐cap
of
the
Genera<ons:
 •  Matures
(age
64+)
 •  Baby
Boomers
(ages
45‐63)
 •  Gen
X
(ages
30‐44)
 •  Gen
Y
(ages
9‐29)
 Let’s
test
your
genera)onal
 knowledge!
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  6. 6. The
Disconnect:
 •  shaped
by
drama<cally
 different
experiences
 •  4
unique
reali<es
 •  don’t
respect/appreciate
 one
another
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  7. 7. Key
Defini<ons
 “LOYALTY” “MONEY” “CAREER” “APPROACH” Matures Forever Save Vocation Team-player Baby Decades Spend Means to Self-absorbed Boomer Retirement Gen X Yearly Hedge Necessary Entrepreneur Evil Gen Y Daily Expect 4-letter Word All of the above! Presenta<on
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  8. 8. Driving
Percep<ons
 Priorities Frustrations Value Admire & Respect Matures Responsibility Pace Quality Authority Baby Individuality Accountability Status Power Boomer Gen X Diversity Complacency Deal Success Gen Y Authenticity Authority Cutting-edge Celebrity Presenta<on
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J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
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at
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  9. 9. Gen
Y
 •  Unprepared
&
En<tled
 •  Easily
Overwhelmed
 •  Avoid
3
C’s
At
ALL
Costs
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  10. 10. Gen
X
 •  Intense!
 •  Golden
Handcuffs
 •  Blurry
Work‐Life
Balance
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  11. 11. Baby
Boomers
 •  Re<rement‐ready
BUT
 Underfunded
 •  No
Distrac<ons
Please!
 •  Been
There,
Done
That
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  12. 12. Matures
 •  Work
is
Life
 •  What’s
the
Hurry?
 •  Process,
Process,
Process!
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  13. 13. Older
Genera<ons
MUST
Consider:
   On‐demand,
Instant
Gra/fica/on
Era
















 
(Sensorial
Assault
‐
Be[er,
Faster,
Cheaper,
24/7)
   Helicopter
Parents















































 (“I’ll
protect
you.”
and
“Gold
stars
for
everyone!”
)



   Pop‐behaviorism
 (“Do
this
and
you’ll
get
that.”)





















   Technology
=
Cultural
ADD
&
Social
Disconnec/on

 (I
can
text
faster
than
I
speak.)
   Boomerang
Kids
(a.k.a.
KIPPERS)




















 (Cost‐of‐living
outpaced
star<ng
salaries.)
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
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or
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O'Donnell.
 Permission
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  14. 14. Younger
Genera<ons
Dealing
With:
 •  Land
of
Opportunity
 (“Everything’s
be[er
than
what
we
had.”)
 •  Pay
Your
Dues
&
Respect
Your
Elders
 (“I
walked
six
miles
uphill,
both
ways!”)
 •  With
Age
Comes
Experience
 (“Been
there,
done
that.”) 
 •  Resistance
to
Change
 (“Slow
and
steady
wins
the
race.”)
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  15. 15. Ques<ons?
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  16. 16. One
last
thought…
 TA
and
we
really
HTH.
 TC,
GL
and
remember
‐
 TTTT!
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
can
be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


  17. 17. www.CAREEREALISM.com
 Because
EVERY
Job
is
Temporary
 info@careerealism.com
 Presenta<on
cannot
be
reused
or
distributed
without
consent
from
J.T.
O'Donnell.
 Permission
requests
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be
made
at
www.CAREEREALISM.com.


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