Thursday, February 13, 2014
Despondency is a rational reaction... Fifty eight percent of American young adults (18 - 24) believe that astrology is either “scientific” or “sort of scientific” (see page 7-26). In China, it's only eight percent of the entire population, and it's even less in their young adults...
“Trophy kids”... The Atlantic is running a piece adapted from Megan McArdle's new book, which I have not yet read. These paragraphs sound like my own concerns about the young engineers I was hiring in the U.S. a few years ago:
About six years ago, commentators started noticing a strange pattern of behavior among the young millennials who were pouring out of college. Eventually, the writer Ron Alsop would dub them the Trophy Kids. Despite the sound of it, this has nothing to do with “trophy wives.” Rather, it has to do with the way these kids were raised. This new generation was brought up to believe that there should be no winners and no losers, no scrubs or MVPs. Everyone, no matter how ineptly they perform, gets a trophy.Time to order that book!
As these kids have moved into the workforce, managers complain that new graduates expect the workplace to replicate the cosy, well-structured environment of school. They demand concrete, well-described tasks and constant feedback, as if they were still trying to figure out what was going to be on the exam. “It’s very hard to give them negative feedback without crushing their egos,” one employer told Bruce Tulgan, the author of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy. “They walk in thinking they know more than they know.”