Back on my favorite soapbox again, but I’ll try to keep it brief this time. Penelope Trunk’s latest post on the Millenials suggests that they’re a basically conservative generation, craving stability above all. They’re not big-risk takers, and they’re not rebels; they want their parents to help them figure out adult life. (That we knew.) Somehow, for me, that doesn’t exactly jibe with the picture she’s been drawing of these “emerging adults” as the group who will revolutionize the workplace. Maybe that’s my traditionalist side talking there, or maybe I don’t quite get it, and we just won’t recognize the revolution when it happens.
At the same time, though, this makes some sense…how would the offspring of the “helicopter parents” have ever been prepared to be risk-takers? And what says “stability” more than staying at Mom and Dad’s for a few more years after college?
I know I’m stereotyping, and I really don’t think my own Millenial fits the stereotype, but I’m not the only one who continues to be fascinated – and irritated – by this topic. MaryP posted a long-simmering response to the article I referenced in this post on Wednesday (and sent a flock of new visitors over here – hello, and welcome!), and her post prompted an excellent response by a young man who is clearly very prepared for adulthood. (Are Canadians just more mature than Americans?) If you’re not totally sick of this subject by now, go check them both out!