Any parent’s primary concern is their child’s success in life. We do our best and hope that we have done everything possible to prepare them for the future. Although we may begin grooming our children at a young age by stimulating their minds with educational toys and extracurricular activities, we may still fall short by failing to provide them with the tools they will require to thrive in the real world.
Millennials are often criticized for being lazy, entitled, and obsessed with social media. These stereotypes are false and unfair to a generation that is actually one of the most educated and hardworking in history.
But millennials also have some unfortunate bad habits. Many of them are delaying marriage, having children, buying homes, and saving for retirement. In fact, 42% of millennials place their savings as a low priority in their lives. As a result, millennials won’t retire until they’re older than their parents did. This article will help you see how you can raise your millennial child to be successful later in life by teaching them the right things today.
Read on to find out how you can help your millennial child get ready for the future today!
Because not all students process information the same way, different approaches to learning have been a positive trend in education. It enables children to pursue their interests and focus on their natural talents. Encouraging our children to work in small interactive groups prepares them for the creative exchange of team projects. Academics, the arts, and everyday life topics should all be included in the curriculum. The future workplace will require vocational and conflict resolution abilities, as well as an understanding of cultural differences and sound ethics.
There is still a gap between those who can advance through education and those who struggle to break free from the never-ending cycles of poverty, drugs, and gang violence. Mentoring programs are desperately needed in these communities, and outreach should begin when children are between the ages of 5-8 before the negative effects of peer pressure take hold. Parents and learning institutions should therefore take center stage in coming up with programs that will avert these negative effects on their children.
As our world continues to change, technology has provided us with an information highway at our fingertips, global social networking, and a plethora of new job opportunities. It has also reduced the need for human interaction in many fields while increasing the disparity between highly skilled and unskilled labor.
Job seekers can no longer walk into businesses and request employment. There are no face-to-face interactions unless one attends a Job Fair or has advanced in the hiring process from the resume to the phone interview and then the video chat.
Many employers today hire for part-time or temporary positions. This allows them to avoid paying benefits and provides them with a trial period with no obligation. Employers know that desperate graduates will take the bait, even if it means one step closer to exploitation. It’s a dirty game that erodes the self-esteem that educators have spent years instilling in their students. On the other hand, it can be a great way to gain experience in training and building a resume.
If we prepare our children for this possibility, it will be less of a shock and more of an expectation.
Most students no longer graduate in four years because of overcrowding at state colleges and the long wait for required classes. According to the most recent statistics, only 40% of students graduate in four years. Competition for jobs, high living costs, and the student loan repayment has placed additional demands on graduates, forcing them into low-paying internships, unrelated work, or returning home with their parents. Some people believe that our children have it better than previous generations regarding resources and opportunities, but do they?
Fear of hurting someone’s feelings often prevents us from telling the truth; however, there is a happy medium. It is motivating to praise positive aspects and efforts. Making suggestions for areas for improvement can help a person stay on track.
As with previous generations of college students, the new graduates who enter the halls of learning will be filled with Utopian ideals and the desire to conquer the world. Since pre-school, this generation has been praised for doing a “good job!” These accolades for even the most mediocre effort stem from a preoccupation with developing self-confidence, which many postwar Baby Boomers lacked. It is not unfair to reward the best competitors, but giving children a false sense of accomplishment is not. It is far more important to provide constructive criticism, recognize and reward hard work, and provide problem-solving skills. This will teach perseverance. It is about instilling in children the belief that they can learn to overcome deficits in life.
Individual liberty is one of this country’s greatest gifts. The United States was founded by nonconformist colonists seeking religious liberty, and we continue to thrive under laws based on their ideals. Despite our differences, we citizens have always proudly stood together and called ourselves Americans. We have been willing to work together in times of crisis to support and defend our country, as well as our communities, neighborhoods, and families.
Our changing demographics, on the other hand, have resulted in the breakdown of long-standing institutions such as churches, social clubs, and community groups, from which strong social connections have emerged. American patriotism is giving way to elitism; neighbor interaction is limited to a friendly wave, and family dinners are becoming less common. There is more interest in social media than in face-to-face conversation, but there is less desire for commitment. When these bonding trends fade, the elements of collective effort and mutual respect vanish, and “individualism” is redefined as “me-ism.”
Technology advancements have given us an instant gratification factor unseen in the past; however, the job search is quite the opposite. Unfortunately, most graduates will find themselves in a sea of mediocrity alongside a slew of other high achievers. Prospective employers will not be holding open doors, and our children will have encountered their first unexpected stumbling block. What happens next?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “The more you learn, the more money you will make. In 2018, those with the highest levels of educational attainment doctoral and professional degrees had median weekly earnings that were more than triple those with the lowest level, less than a high school diploma. Workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher earned more than the $932 median weekly wage for all workers.” Sadly, these jobs may be well below the employee’s educational level. Underemployment is a more serious issue. Many employers seek on-the-job experience in their respective fields, which most recent graduates lack.
Entry-level positions are usually underpaid in today’s rising housing market, but it is critical to gain experience in a chosen field rather than veer off course. This could include supplementing a paying job with volunteer work or taking several part-time jobs to build a resume.
A college education is still a worthwhile investment; however, graduates should not expect to find the perfect job right away. A slower ascent up the ladder with eyes wide open for new opportunities and multiple job changes is more likely.
True success calls for both character and motivation. There are three common employment mistakes caused by a misalignment of ethical priorities:
Money Motivation > Work Ethic: This scenario may include low job satisfaction, frequent job changes, and a lack of relationship building and accountability.
Financial Motivation > Work Ethic: This much entails settling into a comfortable job for which one is over-qualified and never reaching one’s full potential.
Money Motivation and No Work Ethic: The most disturbing scenario is motivated solely by money. This is the “Me Factor” devoid of a moral compass. Simply put, this group will lie, cheat, and steal without hesitation to achieve their greedy goals. There is no loyalty, no remorse. Regrettably, it is becoming more common.
Even more concerning is the consistent rate of depression and suicide among gifted young people who struggle with rejection, loneliness, and perceived failure. The good news is that perseverance will eventually pay off. This is why the growth mindset is so important. According to Kevin Scott, Co-Founder of the Addo Institute for Education, “while graduates today are more likely to get jobs, they are unlikely to get jobs that they are qualified for or in their area of expertise.” “Because it’s such a buyer’s market for employers,” Scott continues, “they get graduates who will work for less money and for more hours.” Graduates must set aside their egos and be willing to advance in small steps.
We need to stop sugar-coating reality as parents, educators, and politicians. There will always be a conflict between men and nations, and the wolf is never far away. We must continue to move forward and adapt to the changes in our world. Families should encourage their children to volunteer and mentor.
Class discussions should include both cultural similarities and differences as part of the school curriculum. If we truly value individualism as we claim, we should focus on respecting, rather than bullying, those with opposing viewpoints.
Rather than political correctness, rewards should be given for genuine merit, fortitude, loyalty, and honor. Even in the face of disappointment and failure, our children need to feel loved, accepted and respected. They require motivation and tools to succeed, not coercion, leniency, or false hopes.
Finally, it is a parent’s responsibility to be aware of what is going on in their children’s lives. We must instill strong values, kindness, and accountability in our children. It is not the responsibility of educators or legislators.
With all of today’s complaints about inconsiderate younger generations and urban problems, many people yearn for a return to 1950 Pleasantville. It is not logical to go back because technology has expanded our world, and a nationalist viewpoint is counter-productive. Our discontent is fueled by the media and the internet, and there is a growing divide between political parties, ethnic groups, and social classes. Mentors must set a good example, and parents must carefully guide their children through this perilous societal minefield without becoming elitists themselves.
Today’s youth are among the most astute, passionate, and determined in generations. With the right guidance and preparation, the future can be bright.
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