Generation Y (aka Millennials) are born between 1981 – 2000. They’re those cocky kids who “know everything” and are becoming CEO’s of large corporations in their 20s. These kids hit the jackpot of being born at a time when technology was on the rise and they were quick adapters.
But at the same time, this has hurt many of them. It’s not uncommon for Millennials to still be living at home with mom and dad, refuse to work an eight hour day or have a new job every other year. In fact, most don’t hold down the same job for more than three years.
While they’re out there searching for the meaning of life and happiness, many are heading back to school or getting a late start in college compared to the old traditional way of attending right out of high school. I have a lot more material that I cover in my full Generational Teaching program, but here’s a quick breakdown of common characteristics of Millennials and how to deal with challenging situations.
- Pros at multitasking
- Very goal oriented
- Know how to balance work and home life
- Good with technology
- Whenever they want it—want it at the push of a button
- Want work to be meaningful
- WILL graduate
CHALLENGE: Can’t focus on one project at a time
WHAT TO DO: Move at a faster pace. Keep lectures short and do hands-on classes. Create balance by changing things up. Add video, add music, create a sense that your class is spontaneous.
CHALLENGE: On their phones, on the internet
WHAT TO DO: Let them. I have rules for cell phones in the classroom, though.
CHALLENGE: Zero patience. They want it now.
WHAT TO DO: Spit it out; get to your point quickly. Facts first. They don’t need a story. That’s why they love texts. Get to the point!
CHALLENGE: They want everything to be meaningful. (They all want to change the world.)
WHAT TO DO: Remind them of the big picture. Not every single thing will be meaningful, but it will lead to something bigger one day.
Never underestimate the power of an educator!