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Understanding Generational Differences

Generation is defined as a group of people whose characteristics were shaped and defined by the societal events that occurred during their formative years.

Generations and Characteristics 1

  Traditionalists Baby Boomers Generation X Millennials
(Gen Y, GeNext)
Birth Year Pre 1946 1946-1964 1965-1981 1982-2000
Influences Great Depression;
WWII
Vietnam;
Civil Rights
Loss of World Safety;
Watergate
9/11;
Expansion of Technology
View of Institutions Loyalty to Institutions
Want to put their Stamp on Institutions
Skeptical of Institutions
Judge Institutions on their own Merit
Work Respect;
Loyalty
Ambitious;
Political
Progressive;
Cynical
Loyal;
Conservative
Gender Role Classic Gender Role Mixed Gender Role Unclear None
Negative Stereotype Can’t Learn Technology;
Non-engaged
Materialistic;
Work Hard but not Smart
Have not Paid their Dues;
Slackers
Unaware of Lack of Skills;
Require Excessive Affirmation
Rewards A Job Well Done Money, Title, Recognition Freedom and Time Work

Adapted in May 2010 from Lancaster, Lynne and Stillman, David. (2005) When Generations Collide: Who They Are, Why They Clash, How to Solve the Generation Puzzle at Work. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Understanding Generational Differences

Understanding the Millennials:

  • Idealistic and team-oriented;
  • Value work that has meaning above all other rewards;
  • Value a work-life balance – know they cannot "have it all";
  • Demand the absolute newest technology;
  • Lack self-exploratory skills and they move quickly into action.

How to Best Mentor and Advise Millennials? 2

  • Provide lots of challenges.
  • Be ready for student’s demands.
  • Incorporate technology in mentoring relationship (email, blog, twitter, etc.).
  • Provide reflective and frequent feedback to student.
  • Employ action-oriented events over observational teaching.
  • Collaborate over projects, posters and papers.
  • Mentor in groups.
  • Supplement group interaction with:
    • individual meetings at set times.
    • breaking down goals into steps.
    • providing additional resources.

Adapted in May 2010 from Taylor’s Here Come the Millennial Generation and Their Helicopter Parents-Are you Ready? Presented at NAAHP National Meeting.


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