What’s happening to Gen Y and Gen Z?

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I often come out of the interview room with this puzzle in mind. On the one side, we hear about students who drop a whooping pay packs to do something meaningful with a start-up and on the other, we meet students who are driven by salary alone with no career goals and ambitions whatsoever. Both of them belong to the same generation and I can’t help but wonder where the gap is?

I feel the 90% population of Freshers live in a delusion, (personal opinion) but what created this environment of delusion for them? Is it our education system? Or are they just succumbing to social pressure, where everyone else is earning in 6 digits?

Or are they plain clueless and just figuring it out by experimenting? I prefer going with this argument. We were all young once and the career dilemma existed for us, too.

So, are they wrong in expecting a high salary? Definitely not!

But should they know what they want in life before they even quote their salary expectations? I strongly feel they must. They should have the courage to see and chase a dream that just does not revolve around money. There should be a passion to follow, an ambition to look forward to and clarity of thought.

Do I have a ten point action plan and suggestion guide for gaining clarity of thoughts?

No, but even if I did I acknowledge nobody would be interested! Hence, I shall simply conclude my thoughts by quoting the most innovative mind of our generation- a man who chased his dreams, made them a reality and had money follow!

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do”- Steve Jobs.

Annie Maria Mathew 
Executive Search 
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