Who are the Millennials?Millennials are known as generation Y. They are born between 1981 to 1996. The world refers to them as “echo boomers” due to a major surge in birth rates. Almost 30% of millennials would be more willing to purchase from a company if their purchase supports a cause. 56% of millennials are usually either one of the very first to try new technology or are among the first group to try new technology.
Millennials want benefits and perks that directly impact their lives and the lives of their family members.
Characteristics of the Millennial GenerationEvery generation has its uniqueness. The millennial generation has its unique characteristics as well. They want to make an impact in the workplace to incorporate their skills into a profession successfully. Millennials are often characterized as a group that is not afraid to ask for what they need. Their unique characteristics imply,
- better workplace balance,
- quality relationships, and
- quality experience in the workplace.
How Do They Differ From Other Generations?It cannot be denied that the millennial generation is different than previous generations. It becomes increasingly essential that current members of the workforce understand the fundamental aspect of this generation as it can be the future of the workforce. Even the soft skills which are essential for the workforce will change in the future. Collaborative work, kindness, flexibility, empathy, learning to learn, creativity and human integrity will become the main soft skills that are essential for employees while people-centric, innovation and employability become the most fundamental soft skills for future employers. These will have competitive advantages while working with AI( Artificial Intelligence) in the future workforce. Knowing the fact that the soft skills which are essential to the workforce in the future will be changed due to millennials, we need to make sure that the current workforce is also ready to change their soft skills and the characteristics of the workforce gradually so that in the future they will not face major issues when the millennials become one of the key manpower in the workforce.
The Raised Issues in the World Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.Over the past two months, the world’s biggest stock markets have turned red. Even though the world has faced an economic crisis earlier this has been unlike any. According to the economic experts, this pandemic has already seen the market full by a third in just one month. That made this a unique economic crisis. The modern industry relies on goods and materials crossing borders. When they can not, the production around the world is at serious risk. It is going to take a very long time for them to rebuild their supply chains. Economists are still trying to grapple whether this is a V-shaped recession (economy suffers a rapid fall but rebound so quickly) or a U-shaped recession (a longer economic trough before recovery) or an L-shaped recession (a long term recession).
The Rising Issues in Sri Lanka Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.We, Sri Lankans, rely on goods and materials from other countries. Due to the situation around the world, we will not be able to get the goods and materials from the affected countries as we did earlier. As a result, the lack of essential goods and materials can become a problem in the near future, especially the lack of food items. Furthermore, the companies in Sri Lanka will start to face losses due to the lack of customers around the world. Disagreements between races or religions can be reasons for future disputes between groups of people.
How Should We Act as the Youth in Sri Lanka to Lessen the Issues Which We Are Going to Face in the future?To prevent the lack of food in the country all the people of the country should start to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices in their gardens. Youth have started movements earlier which were hugely popular and successful. Even this time, the youth of the country can start a huge movement that can lead the country to flourish. They, the youth can do that by simply growing food. Furthermore, we can help the government to get foreign investments through new equipment which is designed and manufactured with a minimum price. They can be helpful in the future we need more foreign investments to help the economy of Sri Lanka. Even though the decision lies in the hands of the members of the parliament we can do what we can do to help our country. Due to the economic crisis, many disputes can come up soon as well such as the lack of employment, lack of materials, reduction of salary, raise of taxes and fees, etc. Understanding the situation we, as the younger generation, should educate the public using social media to prevent the spread of disputes in the future. During the current days, the authorities should encourage young people to self-employment by designing, manufacturing, being innovative, etc. This can help the young generation to develop their entrepreneurship and creativity. Youth should be broad-minded and innovative to help our country. That can help the rest of the world to climb above from where we fell.
Online Courses and Lectures in Sri LankaOnline courses and lectures were not very popular in Sri Lanka before 2020. People did not consider the effectiveness of fully online courses before the pandemic. People did not think of holding courses and lectures online before the pandemic spread. But now we are in a time that every course and lecture is online as we have no other choice. It is a new experience for most of the Sri Lankan students as it was not used before. We can see the effectiveness of online courses and lectures as students do not have to stop their studies due to the pandemic. Introducing online lectures and lessons to all the Sri Lankan students changed the way of their usual way of studying within a few weeks. This forced both the students and the teachers or lecturers to find new ways to learn and teach. Adapting to this new system was not easy for everyone, but everyone had to learn to use online platforms for teaching such as zoom, Google meets, Google classroom, etc.
The Effectiveness of online learningThere are both pros and cons of online learning. When we look at the pros we can see how effective online learning is, because all the students can join the lecture or the class from anywhere in the world. Due to that reason most of the students can join the lecture or the class. Also, sick students can join the class without any problem. While learning online many students are starting to refer external information on other sources. That helps them to research the subjects, unlike the time when they are in the classroom with other students. Some students have the habit of getting extra information from other students without doing their research. Online learning change that situation into where they have to research on their own to study and do the assignments on a certain subject. Also, online learning makes students’ life easier. When students have online lectures or classes they do not have to leave their homes. Also if they stay at home their expenses become less and it makes their and their families’ lives much easier. Also, the online courses are considered to take less time to finish the course than the traditional courses. In Sri Lanka students have to spend at least more than five years to finish the degree. Online courses can shorten that period and they can enter the workforce early.
The Disadvantaged of Online CoursesAs mentioned earlier fully online courses have advantages, but they also have disadvantages as well. When students start to study from home they will not get the opportunity to engage with the other students in activities like in the traditional courses. Engaging in activities with other activities while studying helps students improve themselves as human beings who are about to enter the society, but during a fully online course, a student can not engage in such activities which can make the student lonely. He or she studies alone and only focus on studying. That can lead to certain addictions as well. It will be harder for the students to research the subjects without the help of university libraries and laboratories. The resources the university students have right now when they are doing a traditional course such as having
- Library access
- Laboratory access
- Internet access for free
- Access to the gymnasium
As we all know the world is on a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is waiting until their lives go back to normalcy. The thing most of us do not give much thought about is that the world is never going to be the same anymore. During this pandemic, people started to discover that we can change the way we used to live if we gave it a thought. The world we knew is going to change after this pandemic because of that. The world means not just the environment but also the systems which last for decades.
3. Shopping, etc.
Current Situation in the World
The world thought that the developed western countries would be able to face and handle this kind of a pandemic well rather than developing countries. But it turned out to be the opposite. Every country struggles due to the pandemic. Some countries forgot the economic crisis for a while and took action to save the citizens while some countries delayed taking action to save the citizens due to the economic crisis which took place due to the pandemic.
Some people were smart enough to accept the current situation and acted according to the public safety protocols to stop the pandemic spreading all around the country. But some people could not understand how to act accordingly. Some people started to donate what they have to help poor people who struggle during this period, while some only thought about themselves and started to protest asking to open their countries as they could not stay at home for a while.
What Changes Have Taken Place in the world
When the pandemic started and everyone had to stay indoors, many people thought that private and public offices, schools, universities, etc. are going to be closed for months. They thought their work and studies would be postponed for months. Most importantly people of third world countries thought like that as they are not familiar with doing studies and work online. But it did not happen. Studies of the universities and schools are currently going on as usual online. This will help the universities and schools in the future to do lectures and lessons online in necessary situations like nonacademic strikes, when universities or schools closed for safety reasons, etc. So this will be a huge advantage for university students and schoolers in the future, especially Sri Lankan university students who are not familiar with online lectures.
Even work is done online without much trouble. In the future people will consider work online and studying online as it is effective than going to university and workplaces. Even the studies show that working from home gives good results than going to the office every day.
The studies prove that the struggles that employees have to face to work in the city can be reduced when they work from home. Also, their mental health will be really good and that can increase productivity. Even Google, Facebook, and Microsoft companies have told their employees to work from home until next year. That suggests that having an office is necessary for such huge companies to complete their work. Even small companies might have understood this fact.
The ways the World Is Going to Change
In the future, many companies might consider work from home is more productive. That will open opportunities for people in other countries to work in companies from home. Even now companies hire people through online interviews. If it continues in the future, many companies will be able to hire people from all around the world. If companies decide to continue working from home they will not need offices and they will not have to worry about higher rents anymore. Also, people will not have to move to cities for their work. They will be able to work from their home.
This will change the situation of the cities. If people start to work from home, the traffic in the cities will reduce. Also, the apartments will not be rented like before. The less amount of workers in the cities will bring huge disadvantages to shops, restaurants, apartment complexes, etc. But this will bring advantages to the delivery services because these days most people are getting familiar with using delivery services. So even in the future people will use the delivery service as it is easy for them. That can help people save a huge amount of time without going shopping.
As mentioned earlier many people think that the world will be the same in the future after the pandemic, but we are wrong. The world is already changing. People are changing, the way they work is changing, the way they learn is changing and even the environment is changing. So after the pandemic, we will be able to see a new world with new ways to live and work.