Millennials at School

Last month I started a few new chapters in my life.  I got married and I started grad school.  The Millennial marriage was good times but a topic for a different day.  This post is about my reintroduction to academia and how in the next twelve months I will be working very closely with a diverse group of individuals from three generations.  I do not have demographic information for this years program yet but I would say the group is predominately of the Xer variety with a handful each of Boomers and Millennials.

After our first weekend of class I can say one thing for sure.  Regardless of how tech savvy our generation is, we cannot compete against the years of experience the other two generations have.  In three days I heard more stories about successes and failures within the enterprise than I could ever imagine.  I guess in ten to twenty years I’ll have as many stories, but right now, fact is, I don’t.

This just reminded me how important it is for diversity withing work groups.  Not just of race, gender, and nationality, but of generation.  Each generation has something beneficial to offer the group as a whole.  Wisdom, experience, and lessons learned coupled with fresh ideas and technical know how is a powerful combination for any organization.

Look for more to come about Millenials at School over the next year.

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2 Responses to Millennials at School

  1. Jamie Pinkham says:

    You said, “years of experience”
    May I counter with… http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001054.html
    as it relates to software engineering.

    That is all.

  2. barrettjf says:

    Nice post and I completely agree with the author. Using years of experience as a qualifier for employment is an over simplification and filters out potentially higher qualified candidates (and maybe for a lower cost). However, I was not referring to years of experience as a metric or filter but more so for time to collect stories and experiences. I think you’ve made a great point regarding valuable work experience versus just work experience.

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