Generation Y Essay

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Generation Y

"Your generation is nothing but a bunch of computer addicted slackers. You kids don't care about anything." These phrases and others can be overheard coming from the mouths of baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, and other Generation Y predecessors. What happened? For years now, Generation Y, those born between 1977 and now, have been viewed negatively (Alch 1). Though the origins of the "slacker" title are uncertain, the term has certainly stuck. It could be considered a fitting title. After all, Generation Y performs poorly in school, has no motivation to work, and doesn't get involved with the issues, right? Well no, not exactly. Generation Y is largely misunderstood. They're actually extremely
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In 1998, sixty-six percent of high school graduates were enrolled in college or trade school. This was a six percent increase from 1990 ("Raising" 1). More and more high school students are preparing themselves for college by taking Advance Placement tests. Scores on the Scholastic Assessment Testing have also gone up over the past decade, especially in math ("Raising" 1). With numbers exceeding 80 million Generation Y needs to be challenged and stimulated (Alch 1). This simply cannot be done in the conventional lecture hall. School systems are slowly changing their approach to include more interactive sessions. Instead of being grading solely on individual work, schools are starting to incorporate group projects into their curriculum. As many members of Generation Y enter the workforce, these skills will help them to become a part of the team (Alch 2). Although they aren't joining the workforce as fast as their predecessors, they are receiving more schooling in hopes to come out ahead in this competitive work world. On the job, many managers don't know how to handle Generation Y. These workers won't settle for factory jobs or manual labor. They're not usually interested in long-term employment either. Most often, they see themselves almost as contract workers lending their expertise and service for a time. Don Tapscott, author of Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation has said,
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