WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK ABOUT MILLENNIALS IN THE WORKFORCE?
Written on the 9 October 2015 by David Simmons & Laura Daquino
COULD it only spell trouble when a cross-generation panel of highly successful entrepreneurs and business moguls come together to discuss millennials and the modern workforce?
Author Peter Coronica (pictured below) holds serious concerns about the tangible skills of graduates, with increasingly fewer holding down part time jobs.
"If young people don't recognise that they need to work in their teenage years, they won't transition into the workforce well," says Coronica.
"32 per cent of 15-16 year olds work in Australia, 10 years ago that was 37 per cent - it's dropping.
"I've been to speak at two schools this year, and out of 150 students, only two of them had a part time job. I've been to speak at two schools this year, and out of 150 students, only two of them had a part time job. Students say 'mum and dad won't let me work'.
"It's a huge problem that the culture of work in teenage years has vanished to a large extent."
The general consensus of the panel was for millennials to chase their passions, but there was also agreeance that it might take a while to get to that stage.
"You have to put some hard yards in during the early days, and if there is that sense of entitlement of having the coolest job and loving it every day, that's totally unrealistic in my view."
This conversation quickly unfolded into the idea of entrepreneurship. As it worked out, the older panellists of Generation X through to Generation Jones, had been more partial to corporate career progression. Meanwhile, Delosa, George and Ryan are currently all keeping to the Generation Y entrepreneurial convention.
"One of my first jobs was selling shoes and handbags. Did I have a passion for selling shoes and handbags? No, but I had a passion for people."
A notion of entitlement underlies much public discussion about millennials, with the insinuation it hasn't been 'earned'.
"If you let the statistics of the past dictate you going forward, I think that's a really ineffective lens to be viewing your career through," says Delosa.
"If you really want something, you'll work really hard and you'll get creative.
Author: David Simmons & Laura Daquino