Generation Gap: The Good, the Bad, and the Aging

As funny as the cartoon above is, it depicts a real-life scenario that most graduating college students must face. That scenario is the generation gap that is now growing in the job market. Almost fifty-percent of the workforce that is part of the baby boomers generation has, or will soon reach, retirement age. Now at first glance this may seem opportunistic for ones entering the job market. However, due to the recession and other monetary insecurities, much of this generation is choosing to remain in the workforce. As students graduate, they try to find jobs and internships, within their perspective fields. They also find themselves in direct competition with a labor force that is educated and experienced. A sense of insecurity and pessimism has developed among new graduates as positions of all levels remain filled or are sought out by the baby boomer workforce. This has caused an unrealistic outlook of the job market, even causing some to doubt whether the expense incurred by higher education was worth it. Granted, in some markets these feelings are validated, but we as new graduates can do our best to stay competitive by learning from prior generations. Technology is greatly beneficial, yet it has many times caused a younger workforce to become lethargic in problem solving, analytic thinking, and teamwork. Baby boomer generations, and generations prior, did not have many of the technologies and networking systems that we now have at our disposal. In a way that generational workforce was gritty, hardworking, forward thinking, and hands on when it came to helping a company succeed. At times these intangible skills are lost on younger generations as answers and solutions usually come at the press of a button. As students we must act diligently to acquire these intangible skills and integrate them with current technologies. Only then will we remain competitive in a market with so many opportunities and potentials. Let us not let the age of others discourage us, but rather learn from prior generations’ strengths, improve the weakness of our own, and work hard toward our secular goals.   images

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