Showing posts with label Generation Y. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Generation Y. Show all posts

Monday, May 10, 2010

Social Media Revolution & FYI Kids Don't Email

Last week Angela Maiers shared a video called Social Media Revolution 2. Social Media Revolution 2 is an update to the video Social Media Revolution which I blogged about last summer. Some of the statistics from the video that educators should be paying attention to are:
  • "50% of the mobile Internet traffic in the UK is for Facebook…people update anywhere, anytime…imagine what that means for bad customer experiences?"My comment: imagine what this means for education?
  • "Generation Y and Z consider e-mail passé – some universities have stopped distributing e-mail accounts."
  • "2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction."
  • Read all of the statistics here.
I was in a workshop last fall where we indirectly discussed the first two points above. One of the workshop participants complained that his students don't check email. He wanted to text his students, but his school, like mine and many others, bans the use of cellphones by students. As you might guess, I'm opposed to banning cell phone use by students. As I wrote last fall, cell phones enable teachers and students to get parents involved in a classroom activity. Most cell phones also provide a camera that students can use to take pictures for multimedia projects. Teachers can also use cell phones to collect feedback from students. And those students carrying smart phones, which I see more and more often, can access more information on their phones than can be found in a classroom full of books. So if students aren't checking the emails you send them, but they are using mobile devices, why are schools banning the use of mobile devices? Or as Lee Kolbert asked last week, when will we stop banning everything?

Here's the video.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job

Today's episode of CNN Student News (embedded below) features a segment about high school and college students that are getting haircuts in the hopes of improving their chances of landing a job. This episode reminded me of a couple of other resources for students to consider before applying for a job or applying to college.

Sacha Chua writes a great blog that often contains tips for Generation Y job seekers. Sacha has produced a great slideshow about how social media can influence your work and workplace. Sacha also posted today, a list of great tips for networking at conferences. The tips she listed could easily be applied to a job fair setting.

Lindsey Pollak is the author of Getting from College to Career. Pollack writes a blog that offers job search and interview tips for college students. She also writes for ABC News on Campus where your students can find articles like 10 Easy Ways to Fid a Job During Winter Break.

Aplications for Education
In today's tough job market any little detail could be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job. If you're a high school teacher or guidance counselor advising students in job or college interview preparation, the resources mentioned above are worth sharing with your stuents.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Gen Y Goes to Work With Digital Resumes

Rob Darrow writes an insightful blog called California Dreamin' about online learning and education. Today, he has a great blog post about hearing Jason Dorsey speak about Generation Y in general and specifically about the implications of Generation Y entering the workforce. Generation Y generally refers to those people born between 1980 and 1994 give or take a year on each end. This means that roughly half of Generation Y is old enough to be teaching (using 22 as the average age for completing a BA/BS) and most of the other half is still in school. These numbers have a few implications for education that educators and administrators need to consider when thinking about their current students and when searching for new teachers.

One of the items that stands out from Rob Darrow's list of things that Jason Dorsey shared about Generation Y is that most members of Generation Y "don't know quick answers to historical facts... but give them access to the Internet and they can prepare a presentation in two hours on any historical topic." This statement is great reminder that today's students can find information on almost any topic quickly, in fact today's students can probably find information faster than many of their teachers can find the same information. The role and value of a teacher then is changing from one of informant to facilitator. Teaching students what they can do with information they find is an important function of educators.

The second item from Rob Darrow's summary of Jason Dorsey's presentation is Generation Y is tech dependent. "They are tech dependent. Embedded into their being." When I look at job postings for teaching positions (I'm quite happy with my position, I just like to look) I still see many openings that specifically state "no email or electronic applications accepted." I realize that part of the reason for that stipulation is to streamline the process of sorting through applications, but I fear that part of the reason for the stipulation is that adminstrators might not be comfortable with something other than the standard one page resume and reference letters. While I don't think the requirement of a traditional paper resume dissuades anyone from applying for a position, I am concerned that this limits the ability of applicants to show their full complement of skills and creativity. If administrators wish to hire the best and brightest young candidates from Generation Y to fill vacant teaching positions and or retain their younger teachers, it would be in their best interests to be open to alternative forms of resumes and portfolios. Which leads me to the digital resource I'd like to share with you today, Visual CV.

Visual CV is your resume and more online. Visual CV is a free service on which you can host an electronic version of your resume. In addition to resumes users can post links to sample work they have done, post a video introduction, post graphs and charts, and post professional references. Much of this can be done in similar forms on other services, but Visual CV offers a very attractive layout and interface at a great price, free!

Visual CV represents the way that Generation Y prefers to communicate and they medium with which they will expect job applicants to present themselves when Generation Y does the hiring.

In case you're an administrator reading this and wondering how or why Web 2.0 and Generation Y fit into the future of work, take a look at this great presentation from Sacha Chua. (Sacha is Generation Y, she just turned 25).