An interesting discussion, but I wonder is it just stereotyping (after all most people who grew up in the sixties weren't free-love, drug-taking hippies)
Then the interviewer hit the 24-year-old Chicagoan. "So, we call you guys the 'Entitlement Generation,' " the baby-boomer executive said, expressing an oft-heard view of today's young work force. "You think you're entitled to everything."
Being labeled is, perhaps, a rite of passage for every crop of twentysomethings. In their day, baby boomers were rabble-rousing hippies, and Gen Xers were apathetic slackers.
Now, deserved or not, this latest generation is being pegged, too -- as one with shockingly high expectations for salary, job flexibility and duties but little willingness to take on grunt work or remain loyal to a company.
A recent Associated Press article notes that today’s Generation Y is nothing more than a group of people asking ‘why?’ Why can’t I have a bigger salary? Why can’t I have more time off? Why can’t I express myself the way I want?
But as the article points out, and I agree, this emerging workforce has learned from us baby boomers that ‘this thing called work’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Work-life-balance is something our generation struggled to achieve. Generation Y has watched and learned. While the interview process for Generation Yers can seem excruciating to us seasoned employers, this group can be applauded for what they are – shrewd negotiators with basic priorities in check.
My generation is being called the “Entitlement” generation. It’s pretty accurate too sadly enough- after all I keep on asking whose going to be paying for my medical school! Aren’t I entitled to a free education?!!! ;P