Millennials : Generation Y and the Future Work Force

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.
Millennials: Generation Y and the Future Workforce - who are millennials?

Millennials: Generation Y and the Future Workforce – who are millennials?

Characteristics of the Millennial Generation

Every 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.
Millennials: Generation Y and the Future Workforce - Generation Y

Millennials: Generation Y and the Future Workforce – Generation Y

Millennials leave the work by design, not by the fault. They chose to become entrepreneurs. One of their uniqueness is that they do not wish to work in the same organization for too long. They have a timeline for their work. When they finish work, they wish to leave and go for another job. Their generation does not fear to quit from one place and look for another place to work.  Organizations of the future will have contrasting features because of millennials. Now, the organizations have features such as hierarchy, profit, large company, and work onsite, but thanks to the millennials in the future they will be changed to a flat structure, bringing value, govern like startups, and work from anywhere. So there will be less hierarchy in the workforce tomorrow.  Even though we predict the millennials become significant to the workforce in the future they have difficulties in their lives every day. The pressure to get a university degree and the pressure to get a job to help their families are a few main challenges they face today.   

How Do They Differ From Other Generations?

Generation Y

Generation Y

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. 
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Importance of Youth Engagement After COVID-19

Importance of Youth Engagement After Covid 19 - Make Awareness about the Current Situation

Importance of Youth Engagement After COVID-19 – Make Awareness about the Current Situation

We, the youth of this country should take some steps to help the current situation. The youth engagement to help the society, country and the world is important. We are now living in a world where 209 countries and territories have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is causing thousands of deaths within a few months. Many countries locked the countries. They closed down most of the offices, schools, hotels, and shops. It made most of the people in affected countries stay at home as the social distance is the key to stop the spreading of this infection. As a result, most of the countries imposed travel bans and curfews. The youth should engage in activities that can help our world face this crisis.

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. 

Importance of Youth Engagement After Covid 19 - New Inventions

Importance of Youth Engagement After COVID-19 – New Inventions

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

Importance of youth engagement - planting food

Importance of youth engagement – planting food

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.
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Effectiveness of fully online courses

Online Courses and Lectures in Sri Lanka

Online 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.
Effectiveness of Online Learning

Effectiveness of Online Learning

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 learning

There 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 Courses

As 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
Effectiveness of Online Learning - Making it easier to study

Effectiveness of Online Learning – Making it easier to study

  •  Library access 
  •  Laboratory access
  •  Internet access for free
  •  Access to the gymnasium
will be reduced if students are doing the same course online. But overall online courses and lectures are effective. Especially during a time like this, we can see how effective the online courses and lectures can be. Due to online courses and lectures, students will not have to stay as an undergraduate for a longer period. Even though the universities are closed they can continue their studies.   
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The World after the Pandemic

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.

1. Education
2. Working
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

The World After the Pandemic- Study from Home

The World After the Pandemic- Study from Home

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.

According to one study, remote employees work 1.4 more days per month than their office-based counterparts, resulting in more than three additional weeks of work per year.” – Business News Daily

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.

The World After the Pandemic- Online shopping

The World After the Pandemic- Online shopping

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.

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Public Safety Protocol, Safety first with aiesec

The Global pandemic Covid-19 has made 20% of the global population stay indoors since last December. Many countries had to lock down their countries to stop the virus from spreading. Sri Lanka also had to close its airports, harbors, schools, universities, government and private offices and companies to stop the spreading of this pandemic. Since the outbreak of the virus, our government officers try their best to help people in every possible way they can. The government focus on making people aware of the public safety protocols due to the current situation. The government has established public safety protocols to make people well informed on the guidelines people have to follow for their safety. Following the guidelines are important to stop this pandemic spreading, especially when the country is trying to return to normalcy.

Safety first with aiesec Campaign

AIESEC in Sri Lanka started a social media campaign called Safetyfirstwithaiesec to control and prevent the spread of Covid-19. The Safety first with aiesec campaign outlines the public safety protocols that we should follow at the workplaces and other public and private entities. AIESEC in Sri Lanka is doing this campaign to broaden the knowledge of people as they are necessary for us to be safe. Even the TV and Radio stations are trying to make people aware of the public safety protocols through television and radio programs. AIESEC organization is doing a social media campaign to reach more people in society who are much closer to social media. The guidelines are simple to follow which makes it easy for people to adopt them into their lives. So doing a creative social media campaign can make more people learn about safety protocols.
traveling - public safety protocols social media campaign - AIESEC

Crowds are not allowed in public transport methods- public safety protocols social media campaign – AIESEC

The campaign consists of not just the necessary guidelines. It also consists of safety precautions and emergency numbers which are necessary for unexpected emergencies such as,
  1.  Workplace COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
  2. Instructions for the Staff at Service Counters, Offices and Workplace
  3.  Public Transport
  4.  Steps to Follow After Returning Home
  5.  Event and Public Gathering
  6.  Responsibilities of the Management
  7.  Restaurants and Dining Practices
  8.  At University
  9. In Case of an Infected Person Detected at Workplace
  10. Supermarket and Economic Centers

Why AIESEC in Sri Lanka doing this?

university - public safety protocols social media campaign - AIESEC

Gatherings are not encouraged in universities – public safety protocols social media campaign – AIESEC

The largest youth organization, AIESEC is known for making the young generation learn and understand the cultures around the world through cross-cultural exchanges. Also, AIESEC organization is a place where young people can develop their leadership qualities. This time AIESEC in Sri Lanka started this campaign with the help of youth in the country to spread awareness which still lacks in the country. While doing that most of the young generation get awareness and with their involvement, all the other generations can learn safety protocols. AIESEC organization is a youth organization and it also has members of all the ethnic groups in the country. So the campaign will be shared among all the ethnic groups. When the young generation gets involve in spreading awareness of safety protocols around the society it can be effective. People do not read an operational guideline book in general. But people do use social media daily. So doing this kind of campaign can be helpful to spread awareness of safety guidelines to society. Because most of the people see the campaign, see the posters and they will read the posts.

The Importance of AIESEC being involved in spreading awareness of the safety guidelines.

The safety protocols are not any different than the safety protocols of the ministry of health. They are the same operational guidelines of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. The posters of each category explain the protocols well. Posters help to make every person who reads them understand them easily. With the campaign Safety first with AIESEC, they have also shared a questionnaire to check the knowledge of people about safety protocols. This helps to understand the knowledge people get from the campaign. Members of AIESEC shared the guidelines on social media (Facebook, Twitter). They also put the profile picture frames and captions to spread the idea “Safety First”.
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