I have updated my speaker and training bio. Please click on the picture below to watch the video. To contact me for an event, please go to http://www.speakermatch.com/profile/drdianehamilton/
Updates from September, 2016 Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts
The word Millennials is used to describe adults born between the years of 1980 and 2000. They are also known as Generation Y. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me explained Millennials tend to be more self-focused and may expect to receive a lot of recognition. Sixty Minutes aired an interesting story titled The Millennials are Coming. In this show, they explained how this younger generation expects good things and expects them with little effort. I have noticed that this sense of entitlement has carried into the online classroom setting.
Most of my students are very respectful. They follow directions. They ask questions with the proper tone. However, there are a few that are more demanding. Although I have not formally studied the age group of the students who demonstrate issues with entitlement, I have noticed that my older Baby Boomer students seem to demonstrate more respect.
Some students become frustrated with expectations as they enter higher level programs. Some of my students have managed to get through their undergraduate program with poor writing skills. If I make comments about things that they need to work on for future assignments, some of them become upset or angry. It is as if they expect to receive an A with very little effort. They may make comments that express their indignation that I would even suggest that they might write “a lot” as two words, or indent a paragraph per APA guidelines. I might even receive a note from them about how other professors did not mark down for certain things.
I do not take that many points off for writing or APA-related issues. I teach business-related courses and should not have to make grammar or structure my main focus. What is interesting to me is that their anger does not seem to be about the score received as much as the fact that I have pointed out something they have done incorrectly.
Many students tell me that professors do not insert comments on their assignments. Perhaps that is why some of them react the way they do. However, it seems to me that a graduate-level student should write at a graduate level.
Based on the reaction I get from the younger students, I often wonder if some professors “let things go” in order to keep the peace. I have spoken to other professors who perform peer-reviews and deal with conflict resolution. They have told me that students will complain about many little things. If students complain, professors must respond, and then that creates more of a hassle for them.
The squeaky wheel may get the grease. If professors do not want to tell students the truth, for fear of reprimand, they may just let things slide. My concern is that younger students’ entitlement issues have made them complain too easily and kept them from developing important skills.
- Sheldon Cooper is in an EQ Stupor
- Jumping Through Hoops to Please Millennials
- Is the Millennial Generation the Best Generation Ever?
- Millennials Embrace Online Education
- Millennials Unique Expectations
Rex is discussing. Toggle Comments
Muhammad Ali has been called the most recognizable man on earth. While he is still considered the champ from his boxing days, he has continued to inspire people around the world. His belief that others can achieve greatness led to his most recent venture the Generation Ali Global Citizenship Scholarship Program. This program, due to launch December 7, 2012, is aimed at the millennial generation. According to the Generation Ali site, the program is about “Fostering tomorrow’s leaders to achieve personal greatness, contribute positively to their communities, and change the world for the better.”
According to Alltech, Donald Lassere, president of the Muhammad Ali Center stated, “Muhammad Ali has proven that one person can be a spark that lights the flame of inspiration and change the world. Generation Ali will take up the torch and continue Muhammad’s legacy by inspiring a new generation of leaders to create better lives, better nations, and a better world.”
In order to apply for this program, applicants must
- Be a high school senior or graduate or post-secondary undergraduate.
- Plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited United States two- or four-year college, university or vocational technical school.
- U.S. and international students encouraged to apply.
Ali’s Facebook site shows a graphic that mentions $10,000 scholarships. Ali stated, “This is it! The Greatest Scholarship of All Time is here! Start spreading the word. Online application starts December 7th! U.S. and international students encouraged to apply.”
Sixty Minutes did a great show on the millennial generation titled The Millennials Are Coming. In that report, they explained how Generation Y or millennials are unique in their expectations at work.
The Wall Street Journal’s article Firms Bow to Generation Y’s Demands continues to explore how companies are offering incentives and jumping through hoops to keep millennials happy. This has become a problem for older employees who feel this is inappropriate.
Companies are bowing to younger generations’ needs because, “they bring fresh skills to the workplace: they’re tech-savvy, racially diverse, socially interconnected, and collaborative. Moreover, companies need to keep employee pipelines full as baby boomers entire retirement.”
Companies like Aprimo are dangling the carrot of the probability of a one-year promotion to attract talent. Their OnTrack program, launched in 2005, has had 100% of participates receive promotions and increased salaries within a year.
Companies are witnessing personality conflicts within the workplace because boomers may view that millennials receive special treatment. “Boomers often gripe about their younger colleagues as arrogant kids who don’t know how to dress appropriately, deal with customers or close deals.”
The key to handling multiple generations within the workplace may revolve around understanding individual personality preferences. To find out more about personality types in the workplace check out: It’s Not You It’s Your Personality: Skills to Survive and Thrive in the Modern Workplace.
Check out an infographic about the Millennial Generation from OnlineGraduatePrograms.com. This is based on research from the Pew Research Organization. Note how the Millennials have differ from the Baby Boomers, Generation X and the Silent Generation.
Created by: Online Graduate Programs
Tim Lau is discussing. Toggle Comments
There is some good news for college graduates right now. Employment numbers have improved for this group. The WallStreet Journal reported that college graduates are, “more likely to be working: Unemployment among college grads is 4.2% vs. 9.7% for high-school grads. And they make more: The typical full-time worker with a four-year degree is earning 65% a week more than a high-school grad.”
CNNMoney reported, “College grads are getting offered bigger paychecks for the first time since 2008. Students who will graduate this spring are receiving job offers with starting salaries averaging $50,034 per year, up 3.5% from last year, according to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. ” Those obtaining business degrees saw the biggest increase.
Simply hired lists the average college graduates’ salary at $46,000. They offer a calculator to find out specific salaries for individual jobs. Click here for the link to that salary calculator.
The following demonstrates the kind of information this calculator provides based on two jobs that require degrees. The following are the results for a pharmaceutical sales representative and a high school teacher:
Things may be looking better for college graduates, but there are still 1 out of 6 who have a bachelor’s degree and are unemployed. These numbers are worse for more recent graduates than those who have been in the job market for a while. This has led to some pessimistic views by some graduates. There are those that worry about the country’s economic future and its impact on their own financial future. To read more about this, check out: Gloom Widespread as College Grades Face New Math.
As more people have embraced technology, more opportunities for identity theft have been created. PC Magazine author Larry Seltzer interviewed a cyber-crimes expert and found that there are some unique new ways that people have their identities stolen. One of the things that may come as a surprise is that misconfigured peer-to-peer apps like Limewire can share information from your “My Documents” folder.
While you may be hip to the Nigerian scams, you may not be aware of skimmers on ATMs that can read your credit cards. Seltzer explains, “These are devices which install over the reader appear to be part of the machine. When you insert your card the skimmer reads it and records the information on it. They are often used in combination with surreptitious cameras to record the keys you press for the PIN. Skimmers are especially popular on gas pump, but they are also being used on the smaller point of sale readers found in stores.”
CNN Money reported that the top consumer complaint is identity fraud. “The Federal Trade Commission counted 250,854 complaints about identity theft in 2010, according to a report issued Tuesday. That was 19% of the 1.3 million total complaints the agency received, putting it at the top of the consumer complaint list for the 11th year in a row. The most common form of identity theft was through fraudulent government documents. Credit card fraud garnered the second highest number of identity theft complaints, followed by phone and utilities fraud.”
Many young adults are going back to school soon. College students may feel they are invincible and not notice identity theft as quickly as they should. They are less likely to track their bank accounts and credit card statements. Mainstreet.com reported, “Studies have shown that it takes 18- to 24-year-old Americans twice as long to find out they’ve been the victim of I.D. fraud – which is usually too late to do anything about it.”
Wells Fargo has come up with tips for college students to safeguard their financial information.
Fraudpreventionunit.org also has listed 10 Tips for an Identity-Theft Free 2011.
Just because two people live together doesn’t necessarily mean they will have a higher household income. The Pew Research Center recently analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data and found that there are 7.5 million couples, in the 30-44 age range, that are cohabitating. This analysis indicated that an economic advantage was obtained for those that were college-educated and cohabiting but there wasn’t the same advantage for married couples or those without an opposite-sex cohabitant.
Pew analyzed their economic well-being and that data was reported in USAToday: “Median adjusted household incomes of college-educated couples were $106,400 for cohabitors, $101,160 for married couples and $90,067 for adults with no opposite-sex partners. But for less-educated couples, cohabiting is an arrangement that looks a lot like marriage and may well include kids: Incomes were $46,540 for cohabiters, $56,800 for married couples and $45,033 for adults without opposite-sex partners.”
Who’s living together?
Partnership status by education
No partner, 35%
Not a college graduate:
No partner, 38%
No partner, 28%
Notes: Based on 30- to 44-year-olds. “No partner” includes those living without an opposite-sex partner or spouse.
Source: 2009 American Community Survey, Pew Research Center