Generation Gap

10 October 2016

Some people believe that the phenomenon in source 1 is mainly due to the generation gap between GenYs and their employers, as GenYs and employers are born in different generation, their language usage and ideas are quite different, eg: GenYs like to use slang and the elder people may like to keep traditional things but GenYs like to try brand new things. They may have communication problems while working or interviewing. Then, the GenYs may not fully express their meanings to employers and make conflicts and misunderstanding, which GenYs may lose or give up their jobs.

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However, while working, everyone should try their best to cooperate with others and change themselves to suit others. While GenYs are facing difficulties in communicating and having conflicts with employers, they are easier to give up and seldom change themselves to suit others. The reason behind of giving up or losing jobs among GenYs is not mainly because of generation gap but the parenting style nowadays which changes the GenYs attitude. The parents of GenY are more protective to their children compare with before, they help their children plan about their future and save money for the children’s future.

These make the GenYs are less responsible and not really worry about losing a jobs, as their family will support their daily needs. Eg: there are more helicopter parents in recent years, they will plan everything for their children, for example: their study schedule, what food which more nutrients is provides, their tutorial class, and open band account for children to save money for the future. Their children seldom need to responsible to arrange their schedule and living, they know that they will know that if they lose the job they can still live and simply stay at home, they will less likely to face challenges and overcome them.

Therefore, I think it’s the parenting style of GenYs develop a worse attitude and behavior to GenYs, that they are less responsible and less likely to overcome the difficulties between generation gap or working challenges makes them give up and lose jobs. Second, the educated level among GenYs is higher than before also contribute to the reason of high unemployment rate among young people. As there are usually better educational policies in all governments than before, more and ore people are educated and more of them are receiving high educational level, eg: having degree, diploma… When they are choosing a job, they will choose jobs which are having higher positions and salary, eg: manager, and seldom apply jobs with lowest position and salary, as they are ‘university students’ which represent well educated, professional and are better people in the society. Eg: there are news about a boy educated in the university in Hong Kong cannot find a job in five months time, because he have high requirement to his job and refuse to work from the low.

Actually, this case is happened to lots of university graduated people, they refuse to work hard from the lowest position and have high expectation to their jobs. Third, the economy in the whole world is not really good in recent years also contribute to the low employment rate of young people. As the economy is bad, the companies have to save money and fire some staffs. When they need to choose who can be hired and stayed in the company, the younger people are being fired more easily, because they are inexperienced.

Eg: When the employer need to cut some staffs in a company, there is one elder staff with experience and one new staff which is young and have less experience, the employer will surely choose the one with experience, as the young staffs still need someone to teach and give resources to grow and learn new things. For conclusion, I think the generation gap between the GenYs and their employers are not the main reason that cause the low employment rate among young people, , the parenting style, education level and worse economy are the main reasons.

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