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It is important that we get it right for the generation that will shape our work force and policy decisions for decades to come. Understanding the motivations and the desired experience students seek in their post-secondary education, and how they view education as a life-long pursuit, is critical to the success of new models for education.
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Naturally, candidates draft campaign platforms to suit likely voters. My concern lies in the potential effect of removing these groups from the conversation altogether. If young people do not see their views, priorities or issues emerging in campaign conversation, this will add a significant barrier to the already daunting task of engaging youth participation.
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For most people in my generation, stress runs high. Among high school students and university/college students, academic stressors are king. That said, the main stressors facing students and recent graduates are integrally connected. Career stress is a big concern.
This is a generation that cares about their community and is very motivated to make a difference. By providing opportunities to positively impact their community, you will also help them feel good about themselves and their company, which will ultimately have a profound impact on relieving their stress.
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While Millennials are known for being the generation of "job-hoppers," switching jobs year-to-year, data from our most recent study shows that the threat posed by high unemployment rates is starting to impact our career goals. A flashy open-concept office or extravagant signing bonus may not be what many new grads are looking for.
During the 30 days leading up to Christmas students and youth aged 16 - 29 told us that they are spending more on holiday activities and gifts for others. And it doesn't end there. Most troubling for many students will be paying tuition next semester. Here are some tips from StudentAwards for how to beat the holiday spending crunch.
Millennials face these "trappings of success" and we aren't making six figures. We live in a world where our parents, teachers, and professors of the c-suite generation still hold us to these traditional measures of success. Today post-secondary students are graduating with more than $26,000 in debt, on average. This is a far cry from the rosier prospects that those in the Baby Boom generation saw when they were in their 20s.