Objavljeno Aug. 2, 2017, 5:22 p.m.
Let’s start this blog with a question: Do you belong to the Generation Y or so called Millennials?
If you were born between the early 1980s and the year 2000 then the answer is: Yes, you do! There is no doubt that the term sounds a bit scary, but in fact it is used to define a generation of people who are descendants of Baby Boomers, or Generation X, and who came of age around the turn of the new millennium, or are about to these days. Yes, we are different from our parents, but the advances in technology, social and demographic changes, Great Recession and liberalism spreading in all pores of our society naturally led us to adapt our lives to these changes and improve it in every aspect. It cannot be denied that English plays a very important role there.
There is a list of characteristics that are dominant when discussing Millennials:
1. They are well-informed
This is very true since the flow of information is so quick that the world is nowadays called ‘a global village’ for good reason. To be the first to know something, to find out about something straight from the horse’s mouth, to read from the most relevant sources, requires a high level of English. Millennials want it all, plus more. They also want to share their own information and keep in touch with their acquaintances no matter where they live and which language they call their mother tongue.
2. They want to travel more
Excuses such as ‘ it’s too expensive’ are not valid anymore. Yes, there will always be some destinations which are hard to reach, but Millennials chose low cost flights, cheap accommodation (Airbnb is definitely increasing significantly) and explore everything beforehand, so they do not pay extra for tour guides. And travelling without good knowledge of English is unimaginable.
3. Their job expectations have changed
Millennials are much more aware of themselves and the value of their skills and knowledge than their parents ever were. So much so, that they are often labelled as ‘narcissistic’. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers had the luxury to study what they liked and get employed easily. Millennials cannot rely on that any more. The best part of it is that with the right education, experience and a high level of English you can find an amazing job anywhere in the world and they are ready to do whatever it takes to get it. Borders do not exist, if you want a better job you do not sit and wait for it to come, you go out and find it.
There is a job advert that has recently occupied my attention and made me think about it: what profile of people would apply for it? And then I realised that I know quite a few people who would be willing to go for it. Here it is:
NASA Headquarters Planetary Protection Officers
And this is just one of many which would attract this generation of people.
4. They spend their free time differently
No matter if you were in your teens when the first mobile phones got into use, or you have just left them, one thing is obvious: we choose what we listen to, watch and read easily. To keep up with the latest trends various forms of art have transformed themselves. Take, for example, books. Following the speed of life which is undeniably much faster, books have become more graphic, shorter, futuristic and sometimes completely digital. There’s no comparison with the classics of some world literature. They are just different and nobody can say what is good and what is bad. Watching films and series is often done in the comfort of their homes instead of cinemas, simply because they are available like that. And Millennials don’t need translation, they watch everything in English.
5. They like English
It’s not the question any more if they will need English or not, in more and more cases it’s pure love for this language. For all the above reasons, English is all around them, from the very early age. It is also a connection with something new, modern, as well as a guarantee for a better standard of life in their future. And there’s no need to tell them all these things, they already know.
So, to conclude, if you are a Millennial I hope that you are nodding your head right now. If you are not, I hope this has helped you at least a little bit to understand us Millennials. However, we do have one thing in common: English!
by Zaga Radosavkic