Someone contacted me out of nowhere to ask what options her cousin who studied French and had just graduated from university had in terms of work.
She also mentioned that some other people they knew who studied French ended up teaching. Then she ended her message with this question: 'What can she do with the French?'. What I drew from her message was that she didn't want her cousin to teach.
I told her teaching was one option (and what if that was what the cousin wanted to do?!) but there were other things to do. Another thing was that I didn't know her cousin or what she liked so I was unsure how to respond. She was contacting me obviously because I studied French and was not teaching I suppose...
I finally mentioned some options to her; working with national and international organisations, being a translator or interpreter, working in diplomacy etc. I told her that there were options but I would not know where to point her cousin to. Especially because I have not looked at any job website in so long. I don't even know which websites people check these days. The cousin would have to do her research in line with what she might like to do. She thanked me and the conversation ended, but it got me thinking.
If she was yet to ask her cousin questions, why would she think that someone else would be able to answer the questions for her cousin? Had the cousin tried looking for jobs already but didn't find any? Unfortunately, I linked this to a lot of what I see in society today...the younger ones seem to wait for their parents or guardians to do a lot of things for them. I find that there is an absence of mind work/thinking and a lack of willingness to carry out minimum research on things that affect them. They are generally comfortable that their parents/guardians would do the needful/fix them up. These young ones are not entirely to blame as their parents seem to want to think for them and spoon feed them with everything. This seems to reflect the parenting style that is common, in order to make up for what these parents claim they lacked growing up.
|The Lost Generation|
The Generation of 1914
|The Interbellum Generation||1901||1913||107||119|
|The Greatest Generation||1910||1924||96||110|
|The Silent Generation||1925||1945||75||95|
|Baby Boomer Generation||1946||1964||56||74|
|Generation X (Baby Bust)||1965||1979||41||55|
Generation Y, Gen Next
|iGen / Gen Z||1995||2012||8||25|
Which generation do you fall in by the way?
The downside to all this is that we have a bunch of young people who are completely shielded, who wait for things to happen or expect things to fall in place quickly. The notion of hard work and the process to succeed is tainted with hand outs and seems to hardly be encouraged or rewarded.
However we look at it, this affects the ethics and values that are propagated in society. Although there is no apparent solution, there has to be a balance with the notion of love and the role the older ones play with regard to what is passed down to the younger generation.
I obviously may not have anything concrete in terms of how things should be, but this might be a topic worth discussing. I would love to read your thoughts...