Perspectives | November 2007New Page 1
|From the Executive Director
Have you ever heard your college student described as belonging to the "Millennial generation?" This term is assigned to people born between 1982 and 2002. People born in 1982 likely graduated from high school in 2000 - hence the term "millennials." Millennials are an interesting generation. So far, sociologists have characterized them as optimistic, tech-savvy, collaborative and team-oriented, multicultural, confident, civic-minded, goal-oriented, multitasking, and used to having strong parent advocates.
As parents of millennials, we know they are wonderful! They teach us new ways at looking at life and challenge what is important to us as Baby Boomers. But some of these young adults are having difficulties fitting into the work world as they leave college. Why? There are many reasons.
How do parents help their adult children utilize the best characteristics of their generation and take corrective measures for the weak ones as they prepare to search for their first jobs out of college?
Millennials tend to have very involved parents. Some parents even involve themselves in their children's job search and interview processes. Involvement at that level is, in my opinion, inappropriate. But we can certainly take the steps outlined above to encourage the kinds of activities that prepare our children for jobs in the real world while they are college students.