Generation Y consists of the age group born 1976 to 1986 challenging industries in their ability to find and retain talented people. Unlike Generation X (1950’s to 1970’s), Generation Y is not motivated by job security and compensation (Kautt, 2008). However, Gen Y employees require recognition that the work they perform has significant value to the organization.
Mentoring Gen Y employees to become qualified candidates for job placement makes it essential to provide career guidance before entering the workforce. Closing the gap to meet organizational and Gen Y needs is accomplished through career fairs, educational programs, community programs, one-on-one counseling, and including Gen Y in leadership conferences that integrate career choice workshops.
On January 17, 2011, more than3,000 young people within the five state southern regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Alabama enjoyed the experience of participating in a Leadership Conference for the Church of God In Christ held in Birmingham, Alabama. Mississippi representedwith approximately 1,000 or more young people. The three day conference theme was GPS (Growth of Mason’s impact, Power of King’s dream, Significance of Blake’s vision) – “Navigating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.” Workshops for the youth dealt with the importance of empowering today’s generation with the tools and resources to make wise choices about their career path.
Gen Y and other generations had the opportunity to participate in discussions related to careers in medicine, engineering and architecture, law, music, education, entrepreneurship, government and politics, trades, and college preparation. The workshops were reinforced with interaction of several colleges and universities to add value to the experience. From this experience Gen Y individuals have a better visualization of where they are, where they want to be and how to seek professional help to nurture their dreams and visions into reality (Richardson, Evans, & Gbadamosi, 2009). Encouraging individuals to seek part-time work in areas of interest is another way of determining if there is passion for the desired career choice.
Kautt, G. G. (2008). Career choices. Financial Planning, 38(5), 43-44. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
Richardson, M., Evans, C., & Gbadamosi, G. (2009). Funding full-time study through part-time work. Journal of Education & Work, 22(4), 319-334. doi:10.1080/13639080903277394