By JLP | May 22, 2007
My first impression of Gen Y after reading Attracting the Twentysomething Worker in Fortune, is that they are bit pompous and arrogant. Now I realize that not all Gen Yers are like this. That’s just the impression I got from reading the article. In fact, the cover of this particular issue of Fortune has a picture of a guy and a girl and the caption:
One thing that really stood out to me was the story about Joshua Butler, an audit associate with KPMG:
With his broad networker’s smile, stiff white collar, and polished onyx cuff links, Joshua Butler has the accouterments of an accountant. Even so, he looks a little out of place in a KPMG conference room. At 22, he’s 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, with a body made for gladiator movies. A native of suburban Washington, D.C., Butler chose accounting after graduating from Howard University because he wanted “transferable skills.”
At KPMG he’s getting them – and more: The firm has let him arrange his schedule to train for a bodybuilding competition, and he’s on its tennis team. Even before that, KPMG got his attention when it agreed to move him to New York, his chosen city. “It made me say, ‘You know what? This firm has shown a commitment to me. Let me in turn show some commitment to the firm.'” He pauses, a twinkle in his eye. “So this is a merger, if you will – Josh and KPMG.”
It’s the last line that really gets to me: “So this is a merger, if you will – Josh and KPMG.” Nothing arrogant about that!
Finally, the other thing I thought was funny was the article mentions Jason Ryan Dorsey, who wrote the book Graduate to Your Perfect Job even though he dropped out of college to write the book and didn’t have a job! That would be like me writing a book on how to manage a restaurant even though I have never managed a restaurant.
All that said, it isn’t my aim to make fun of a generation. Each generation has their strong points. I just don’t understand why companies are bending over backwards to treat these kids like royalty (read the article and you’ll see what I mean). If they (Generation Y) get hungry enough, they’ll work.