Lance Scranton: Are millennials reliable?
February 17, 2015
I recently accompanied my son to Denver for a College Preview Day where I learned seven things over the course of a day-long tour and seminar that have adjusted my perspective on how we view our most precious and productive resource:
- Students enter higher education with the average maturity level of a 14 year-old. Parents have robbed their children of growing up and colleges have had to intervene on behalf of students whose existence revolves around excuses, instant gratification, and their smartphone.
- Two of the most overused expressions by millennials are, "I'm confused" and, I'm overwhelmed." Confusion is solved by learning and being overwhelmed requires time-management skills which will be areas of sharp focus at this university.
- University academic expectations have not changed as much as technology has allowed students to streamline the process of reflecting their knowledge which allows students to work, at minimum, 10-12 hours a week to support their education.
- Employable skills are at the forefront of the business world's concerns, however, corporations are also dealing with a moral issue. One major Denver retailer estimates that 45 percent of stolen inventory is employee related. These businesses want a skilled workforce but more importantly, need employees who are trustworthy and dependable.
- Five percent of the American workforce can't pass a drug test even with seven days notice and another five percent have quit looking for work meaning that a number of our able-bodied population are either addicted, stupid, lazy or some combination of the three. This is a huge employer problem because jobs are going unfilled and employees are needed in the workforce.
- Higher education has a responsibility to return your tuition investment, prepare your son or daughter to be employable and stand out as a candidate BEFORE they graduate. This university works with over 200 companies nationwide to place students in positions where they are a face and a name to a potential employer.
- Most notably, not every college is a good fit for your son or daughter. The president was honest and clear about the expectations of students and believes that each "family" should apply only after careful consideration of their university Values Statement.
You can agree or disagree with their findings but in ten years millennials will occupy over 75 percent of the jobs in our country. Will they be prepared, trustworthy or even able? Where you send your son or daughter, and your money, will make a difference.