There is always a lot of controversy when it comes to categorising things, especially when those ‘things’ are in fact people. Why is there even a need to group people, labelling them as a certain type of person who owns the same set of traits as everyone else in that category? Ohh, wait, do they? Is everyone in Generation Y suddenly identical versions of one another walking around in different bodies? Of course not! So what really is the need of Gen Y, is it just a fancy name we call a group of 20-30 year olds in order to discuss them as a consensus body? This post is going to discover the categorisation and whether it is really benefiting anyone.
By human nature we have a real fixation with stereotypes, we love placing people in certain boxes and trying to understand whether we can generalise a universal opinion for the vast majority. But that’s simply all it is, a statistic for the majority! This is interesting as the statistic that we should be looking into is individuality. By this I mean the number of people in Gen Y who are identical, who have been introduced to the same environment throughout their lives, who have understood, anticipated and grown in the same way consistently enabling us to determine that everyone in that typology is the same and has the same attitude, morals and personable traits. As I am sure all of you intelligent readers have already deduced, that it is impossible for there to be more than one identical person, even identical twins are not the same.
The types of categorisation: The FACTS and GENERALISATION
This part is pretty self-explanatory. You can group a number of people in multiple ways, by the length of their hair, the colour of their eyes and even by their age. These groups are based on facts as there is little room for debate on the subject. However, the other method of grouping people is based on generalised statements. This is when Gen Y comes into play, referred to as the tech/savvy generation, this comes with a number of expectations. Primarily, the people who are fall into Gen Y should be extremely digitally focused, but this isn’t always the case. Therefore, are the personable traits highlighted in a number of articles actually a good thing; and what do these labels really mean for me?
The Key Characteristics of Generation Y: In my opinion, are a complete load of rubbish. The thought of listing the predominate traits that are found by someone of my age really infuriates me. I am not the same person as Jim down the hall, we haven’t been exposed to the same things in my 21 years on earth, therefore I am not the same as him, but we fall into the same wide-set category of Gen Y, therefore according to stereotypes we must both be tech- savvy, whilst very digitally dependant, self-absorbed, lazy, team-players who are very ambitious.
A little confusing right? There are so many different interpretations of Gen Y and what we are all about, it makes your head nearly explode! And whilst many of the traits listed above I myself can identify with, I disagree that we should be encouraging such stereotypical behaviour, which makes me wonder…
Is Gen Y my identifier?
Do the perceived traits of my generation make me a more desirable candidate in my future employment? I mean if I had just completed a degree in technology I would have employers biting my arm off to work for them! But that’s down to Gen Y being seen as the future of technology, we’ve been brought up surrounded by it and even from a young age it has been heavily involved in our lives but is any of this beneficial to me in my career in events?
Does being born into this category make employers not want to hire me? I mean if the consensus opinion of my peers and I is that we are self-absorbed lazy workers I certainly wouldn’t be looking for those traits in my staff! But some of the traits and statistics presented in articles highlight some interesting statistics, being that women in gen y are on average getting married 7 years later than gen x. This is great for the events as it means that we are more concerned with creating a livelihood for ourselves before jumping into the role of a baby-maker, making people of this generation more appealing to have in the events industry as it is a job that consists of working unsociable hours.
Should future generations fear the impact others have on their career, or is the real issue here that it could impact them? You should be in control of your own life, generalised statements should not base as a reflection. Social change is needed to accept that consensus opinions are incorrect and the outlook needs changing?
Tell me what you think in the comments below!