Interest in the Generation Y group of people - generally taken to mean those born in the period 1977-2000 - is apparently well established now. Indeed it has been noted that:
‘Generation Y, or millennials, has received a great deal of attention recently because of the fact that they are the current new entrants to the workforce, represent its growth and evolution, and have different needs from their predecessors’(Mello, 2011; p43).
The predecessors of Generation Y are often labelled as Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, and Generation X, depending on when they were born, and contemporary workforces, uniquely, comprise all four generations (Shaw and Fairhurst, 2008). What makes this combination interesting is the stand-out characteristics of Generation Y. Variously described, these peculiarly Generation Y characteristics can be delineated in terms of their expectations of: employment terms and conditions; management approach and culture; personal career development; and personal values. Beyond being interesting, what makes study of Generation Y careers important is Generation Ys being increasingly recognised as ‘high contributors to the economy’ (Poornima, 2009; p26).
This CPD session aims to develop insights into managing Generation Y, particularly graduates, in the workplace. Drawing from on-going research with under-graduates and graduates of two Scottish universities, the session will discuss Generation Ys’ career anticipation and transition as regards conceptions of career success, job intentions, personal development and aspirations, and gender equity, for example. Employer inputs will be a feature of the session.
Venue:Glasgow Caledonian University, H122, Graduate School, Caledonian Library and Information Centre
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