Greg Satell in an article in Digitaltonto talks about the challenges faced by the Millennials in US. That is the post–Generation X, born between 1977-1998.
“However, this new generation has a problem. They are coming of age at a time in history when great technological forces are converging to democratize the use of complex and powerful machines, which is giving a false sense of validation to their youthful exuberance and making it easy for them to ignore hard truths. Here are some of them, unvarnished.”
One of the hard truths in his list is skills.
“I think every generation has its challenges. The problem with this one is that they are so misunderstood. Everybody seems to think that they are too techie and should get more “real” when in fact they aren’t nearly technological enough.”
I can see many of you are already on your feet even if you’re not the target of Greg’s truths. But wait for a moment, let Greg explain what he means by the above rather summary indictment.
“…Truth #2: Your Skills Are Substandard
You are, it must be said, not alone. The United States comprises but a small fraction of the world’s population and most of your youthful compatriots live outside of it. I’ve spent most of my adult life overseas and have had the opportunity to know many of them well.
In Ukraine, I developed a training program that ushered over two hundred young people into professional life and I interviewed each one personally. The typical candidate was about 20 years old, spoke five languages and could do econometric modeling. The starting salary was $200/month and we never lacked applicants…”
Ah, that’s what comes out of Ukraine. I’ve heard similar stories in the past from Lithuania and Latvia too.
How does our crop of young IT professional fare in comparison?
Our IT services organizations are not complaining – they seem to be getting exactly what they need. The info-age workers are happy with the cash and the bash and so are the factories churning them out by the clock.
A cozy party…Please Do Not Disturb.
Source: digitaltonto.com; openclipart.com and wackywits.com