Is this really the Lost Generation?

Does the recent labeling of the current crop of school and college leavers as “the lost generation” have merit? or are there more relevant and appropriate labels. There is almost a feeling of having labeled them we can give up on them and move onto the “next generation” Before we even contemplate this irresponsible action there is an anonymous quote we need to consider ” the definition of madness is to keep doing what we are doing and expect a different result”

Lost also seems to imply the fault lies in some way with them rather than societies failure to support this “generation” more responsibly. Furthermore it suggests a temporary state as “those that are lost will be found” – if we can find them, how?; if we do find them, what should we do with them?

So perhaps we should wake up to the reality – they are not lost, they have simply been neglected and failed!

This generation and their parents and guardians entered into a “social contract” that saw them take on significant debt in return for a means of repaying this debt – in simple terms – a job.

The government, education and commerce needs to look to the future and take a more active collaborative approach to educating and training the next generation before we repeat the same mistake again.

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About alunbaker

Why did I create WhenYouGrowUp or WYGU.com for short As a Welshman I love passionate people and when you meet them in life or work it is contagious but surprisingly rare. I discovered we are mostly in accidental careers and now understand why there is a lack of passion in the workplace and decided to do something about it. I subsequently spent 2 years building a social and technology platform to help people make the best decisions possible when selecting or changing careers. WYGU has a fantastic careers wiki, an innovative personal credit or points system, PSR ( Personal Social Responsibility ) and an amazing psychometric test that matches you by % to your top 100 careers all wrapped up inside a social network.

Posted on October 8, 2009, in care and advice and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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