All of a sudden, the ingrained mantra of "study hard, get a good job, save money" is no longer acceptable. And yet, I have to be progressive enough to recognize that the current education system is unable to prepare my daughter for a life we can only predict. With literacy and numeracy remaining as the fundamental basis of their schooling years, I am by no means convinced it is adequate.
"Am I that small? Is there really so much more out there, beyond my life, my world?" These are liberating thoughts for kids who largely believe the world revolves around them. Particularly this tech-saturated generation, where the world they know best fits in the palm of their hand -- aka their smartphones.
From passionate commitment to temporary hashtag campaigners, childhood activism is a great thing to those of us who ardently believe, contrary to the adage, that children should be seen AND heard. As a father of two and an advocate for many social and environmental causes myself, it's exciting to see the growing number of young activists.
Since 1993, I've been tracking generational change in the workplace and its impact on organizations, especially the impact on supervisory relationships. Based on two decades of research, I can report that the overwhelming data points to a steady diminution in the soft-skills of young people in the workplace from Gen X to Gen Y to Gen Z.
According to a study done by Millennial Branding and Internships.com, 72% of high school students want to start their own business someday. 61% percent expect to start a business right out of college. Little do employers know, but Corporate America is quickly becoming the 'back up' option -- what do to if all else fails.