New research into the mindsets of adults around choices of education for school leavers, commissioned by the Association of Accounting Technicians AAT has revealed that a generation gap in thinking around best educational routes for career progression. Over half of younger adults year olds think a university degree will give them the best chance of gaining employment, whereas nearly 60 percent of older adults year olds disagree saying vocational education offers the best route to employment. AAT are calling on the Government and employers to recognise and promote access to employment through vocational education so that young people can make more informed choices about the type of educational route they pursue. The view from elder groups that vocational education does the most to progress career chances is not filtering down to younger groups.
In the spring of Jack Weinberg, a free-speech-movement activist and graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, told a reporter that young people should not trust anyone over 30, and it became one of the most memorable expressions of the turbulent s era. I interviewed Donna Venable, senior vice president of human resources for Ricoh Americas, on some research her company recently published on Generation Gap 2. Venable: Yes. I believe there are differences between the work styles of younger workers and older workers. Some call this Generation Gap 2. For example, GenY wants work to be flexible, fun and believe their work is making a difference, while older generations are more concerned with working your way up the ladder or perhaps putting in overtime to prove yourself.
It is designed to silence all the background noise and disruptions associated with communication and attitude gaps between the four and soon to be five generations in the workplace. It can be facilitated on-site or other venues. It is ready to be presented by managers, trainers, consultants, and coaches…or you can retain one of our experienced trainers to facilitate it on-site or at your next meeting.
In the last few years, over young people from South Kyrgyzstan have traveled to Syria to support the Islamic State. At Helvetas, we conducted research about the reasons that drive these young people to join the terrorist organization. As expected, widespread poverty and youth unemployment play a big role. But there was another factor that seemed less obvious to us and proved to be crucial…. It turned out the lack of communication between adolescents and adults in Kyrgyzstan was a huge factor in driving young people into extremism.