Each Generation Has Its Themes Silents Baby Boomers Generation X “ Busters” Millennials Hard Work Personal Fulfillment Uncertainty “ What’s Next?” Duty Optimism Personal Focus On My Terms Sacrifice Crusading Causes Live for Today Just Show Up Thriftiness Buy Now/ Pay Later Save, Save, Save Earn to Spend Work Fast Work Efficiently Eliminate the Task Do Exactly What’s Asked Source: Center for Generational Studies
Grew up with: Barney, Pogs, X Games, Bill Gates, the Internet , Cell Phones and Laptop Computers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, iPods, Jerry Springer, Pokemon, Britney Spears, Beanie Babies, Spice Girls, Skateboarders
Career Goals Goal Silents “ Build a Legacy” Baby Boomers “ Build a Stellar Career” Generation X “ Build a Portable Career” Millennials “ Build Parallel Careers”
Attitude toward Career Path Career Path Silents “ Job changing has a stigma” Baby Boomers “ Job changing puts you behind” Generation X “ Job changing is necessary” Millennials “ Train for many jobs”
The children those bumper stickers talked about are now graduating from high school and entering the work force. The Millennials All that attention and good self-esteem, all those new schools and good teachers our culture gave to them seems to have paid off.