Generations @ College

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Generations @ College

  1. 1. Generations @ College<br />
  2. 2. This is the first time in American history that we have four different generations learning and working side-by-sidein the university.<br />
  3. 3. Four Generations @ College<br />
  4. 4. The Generations Defined<br />Silent Generation: BORN 1925-1942<br />Baby Boomers: BORN 1946-1964<br />Generation X: BORN 1965-1979<br />Generation Y/ Millennials: BORN 1980-2001<br />
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  6. 6. Significant Influences on Silents<br />
  7. 7. About the Silents…<br />Born during the Great Depression and the Second World War, so small cohort in number<br />Little competition, so very successful – in terms of economic success, 1938 was the best year to be born in North America<br />Too old to be war heroes and too young to be rebels<br />Value thrift, hard work, and respect for authority<br />Believe in paying their dues<br />Value lessons from the past<br />Committed, responsible, patient and conforming<br />Command and control approach comes naturally – respect for rules<br />Duty before pleasure<br />
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  9. 9. Significant Influences on Baby-boomers<br />
  10. 10. About the Baby-Boomers…<br />Generational distinctiveness and identity<br />Grew up with the Cleavers but became disillusioned and distrustful<br />Driven to success and measure success materialistically<br />They want it all and will work long hours and be ruthlessly competitive to get it<br />First generation to claim a higher priority for work over personal life<br />Suspicious of institutions<br />
  11. 11. Socially-oriented but seek personal gratification<br />Advocates of individual freedoms<br />Not naturally “budget minded”<br />Uncomfortable with conflict<br />Overly sensitive to feedback<br />Judgmental of those who see things differently<br />Self-centered<br />Lost retirement savings<br />
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  13. 13. Generation X Influences<br />
  14. 14. About Generation Xers…<br />X originally meant to denote namelessness of a forgotten and overlooked generation<br />Street-smart, latch-key kids – self-reliant – children of workaholic baby-boomers and socialized in an era of downsizing, divorce, and rising national debt<br />Take the money and run attitude toward organizations<br />The Slacker Generation<br />Free agents<br />Balance demands between work, family and personal life<br />Looking for quick score (Internet companies and dotcom gurus)<br />
  15. 15. Always wants to have input<br />Results matter – not how many hours you work<br />Trust only the competent<br />Informal and casual<br />Pragmatic<br />Less socially skilled and gregarious than generations before and after<br />No heroes<br />Other generations often confused and confounded by Xers<br />Silents see them as rude <br />Baby-boomers see them as slackers<br />Millennials see them as too pessimistic and cynical<br />Moving into management more quickly than previous generations<br />
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  18. 18. About the Millennials…<br />Very competent multitaskers – have been doing it since birth<br />Used to frantically busy schedules and structured lives<br />Proficient with technology<br />Global and multiculturalism – the first global-centric generation<br />More spiritual, patriotic and family-oriented than their parents – resemble the Silent in this regard<br />More aware and depressed than any other generation<br />Raised in affluence, always nurtured and told they were special – they now believe it<br />They set meaningful goals and are achievement-oriented<br />They honor their parents and silent generation grandparents<br />Can-do attitude that others may perceive as naive<br />
  19. 19. Resilient, optimistic, adaptive and sociable<br />Following failure, they expect another chance or someone to bail them out<br />Arrive in workplace with very high expectations<br />Have always felt needed and important<br />Patriotic and traditional in their value orientation<br />Least rebellious and most conforming generation since the Silents<br />Will depart disenchanted if they feel underappreciated, disrespected, betrayed or disappointed<br />Maintain wide and dispersed social networks<br />

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