Thursday, May 23, 2013

Talkin Bout My Generation

Well this week just seems to be flying right by doesn't it?

Cameron and I got back from a fantastic weekend in the Bay Area with his parents on Monday, and the week has been busy with work since then. I'm looking forward to sharing some pictures from Napa/Sonoma/SF, but haven't been able to find the time yet this week. Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a little bit about what I've got going on at work this week. As you may (or may not) know, I'm a recruitment consultant for an RPO firm based out of Florida (I work remotely from Tahoe) and I really enjoy what I do. Recruiting is all about talking to people and aiming to understand their goals, and I really think it's the right fit for my personality. My company has always been very active when it comes to social media, but earlier this year they actually launched a Brand Ambassador program to put together a team of people within our organization who are really passionate about it and interested in really establishing our company as a thought leader in the HR/Recruiting industry. Obviously, that sort of thing was right up my alley so I applied to be a part of the team. As a Brand Ambassador, I write posts for our company blog, participate in industry Twitter chats, start conversation on Linked In and Facebook, and comment on other HR-related blogs. My areas of focus as a Brand Ambassador are Employee Engagement and Generational Recruitment, with a specific focus on Gen Y, and both are topics I'm really interested in. 


As for my reason behind sharing all this today, I'm actually this week's Brand Ambassador for my company (the way our Brand Ambassador program works is we rotate from week to week depending on who's posting on our company blog) and I'm focusing on Gen Y!  In case you're not familiar, Gen Y (or Millennials) are defined as the birth group born between 1980 and 2000, so the generation that I'm a part of (and I'm guessing most of you are too). This week, the cover of Time Magazine features a picture of a girl taking a selfie and it's titled "The Me Me Me Generation." I used that article as inspiration for a blog post about how these observations about Millennials translate to the workplace. My blog post ended up being featured on a pretty big HR industry blog, which was really cool. I've been having a great time really engaging with people on this topic, and since my goal this week is to be as active on social media as possible, I figured why not share a little bit on my personal blog as well! Please feel free to check out my post, and let me know what you think about it!

But my reason for wanting to talk about this topic on my personal blog goes beyond just promoting my post as a Brand Ambassador and has more to do with my personal interest in the characteristics of Gen Y as a whole, beyond just how they fit into the workforce. The Time cover story discusses a lot of interesting points about Millennials, and talks extensively about our obsession with social media along with our generation's narcissistic tendencies. I found the assertions in the article to be very interesting and not at all untrue. I feel like this concept of narcissism is probably that much more prevalent as a blogger, beyond even just being a member of Gen Y. I mean after all, I write a blog. Basically I've created a space on the Internet that's all about me because I assume that people want to read about my life. I think it's completely normal to snap a selfie in my car or to take a photo of my meal at a restaurant and I assume that everyone who follows me on Instagram will want to see it. And I'm not alone. I know many of my fellow bloggers do the same thing day in and day out and we just kind of accept that's the norm, especially here in the blog world. So I find it really interesting to step back and really look at the behaviors of our generation from a more analytical point of view. At the end of the day, I don't necessarily think that generational differences are necessarily as huge of a deal as everyone makes them out to be, however, I do think it's prudent to be aware of them as people are definitely shaped by the times in which they live.

What do you think about this topic? Did anyone happen to read the Time article? I'd love to hear your thoughts on Gen Y! Xoxo

5 comments:

  1. I am definitely going to check out that article. I work in HR and do the recruiting for our factory. It is interesting recruiting, recruiting people for factory work instead of recruiting people for real careers, but I still enjoy it and have DEFINITELY noticed the "Me Me ME!" entitlement of the younger job seekers. Yikes. I am also in that age group, so I hope to not ever come across in that way. Love your blog!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will try to say this as nicely and as non-confrontational as possible, but I think your comment is quite ironic considering the topic. A Gen Y recruiter calling factory work, more common in the previous generation, not a real career? I'm sure it wasn't intended as such, but it just goes to show how deep and subconscious the narcissism in our generation really is.

      Delete
  2. I need to read the article, so I'm unsure of my thoughts just yet. I will say, I think that some of the stuff we do (specifically social media), are a good way to promote ourselves. We're our biggest fans, and we're the only one's who know everything we do, so why NOT promote ourselves? I don't know, social sometimes feels like a double-edged sword.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh I would be interested to read that article...considering it's all about me right?

    ReplyDelete
  4. So interesting, and sounds spot-on. I am off to check out both your story & the Time article!

    ReplyDelete

Your sweet words make my day! :)

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...