Tuesday, November 19th 2013
We are all guilty. Yes. We (parents of millenials) have raised great kids who are all very special. Very special:). Well, maybe not in all respects. And that’s the problem today. Kids (students and young adults) think it’s their way, or not. Well in the working world, that is not reality.
I had the good fortune to hear Eric Chester, school to work transition expert, speak at a very recent professional camping conference. Author of the best selling books Reviving Work Ethic and Employing Generation Why. Camps employ thousands and thousands of Gen Yers; and fortunately the camps themselves help these young adults develop further.
The challenge we all face as employers stems from our kids not having learned enough soft skills, be it at home or school. Camps work hard to help cultivate these core values in younger campers, which parents greatly appreciate (and seek out). While as parents we want to help our kids develop into healthy, happy, safe, self-esteem-strong young adults, we need to work harder at teaching them core values, including positivity, reliability, professionalism, respect, integrity, gratitude and taking initiative.
Because these are the values employers, including camps, seek out. Business Week has a recent story on this very topic: The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired.
Let’s keep building our kids’ self esteem and self confidence. Send them to camp where they learn best about collaboration, teamwork, problem resolution, meeting others’ expectations, flexibility, respect, positivity, independence and more (i.e. soft skills). But balance this with the reality of today’s competitive world that expects work ethic from the onset. Let them know what others expect of them, and teach them the core values they need to be successful in life. Entitlement is not one of them.