The generational divide has long been a source of friction regarding advice. The lived experiences of Baby Boomers, shaped by a different era, often result in them dispensing advice to Millennials and Gen Zers that seems outdated or counterproductive in today’s rapidly changing world.
Here’s a list of the top 12 pieces of advice that, despite good intentions, may serve the younger generation less effectively.
“View College as an Experience, Not an Investment”
In a discussion, one person stated that many earn approximately $30K annually despite carrying a burden of $80K in debt due to choosing an attractive college based on enticing brochures.
It’s essential to balance the college’s experiential and investment aspects.
“Hurry Up and Get Married”
Gone are the days when people married solely for security or societal expectations. The younger generations prioritize personal growth, career aspirations, and financial stability.
“Stay In Your Current Job and Aim To Reach the Top”
Why limit yourself to a single role when you can navigate a dynamic path that fuels growth, ignites enthusiasm, and sparks creativity?
“It’s Useless Using the Internet To Look for a Job”
Upon entering a location, let them know of your intent to apply. In response, they will guide you to completing the application process online.
“Sleep Can Wait”
One standard misguided advice for millennials and Gen Zers is, “You can sleep when you’re dead.” However, ignoring proper rest can harm our health, leading to heart disease and obesity.
The consequences ripple through our society, dampening productivity and straining the economy.
“I was “myself” for some time. I jumped around cold people, joked with serious people, and realized human relationships don’t work that way. Many people will need help understanding you.
With those kinds of people, you shouldn’t be yourself. You follow social skills unless you want to be hated by 99% of the world.” A better advice would be to “find yourself.”
“Choose This: The Practical Major You Need, Not That: The Useless One!”
In the digital era, various careers in creative or social fields are both lucrative and fulfilling. More importantly, a major doesn’t necessarily dictate one’s career path.
“Save Up Enough for a House”
“I have family members who bought houses for about 50k in the ’70s, which are worth nearly a million dollars now.” Mentioned a commentator.
Navigating the current economic constraints requires us to adjust our expectations and strategies.
“Going to College Is the Only Way To Become Successful”
While higher education does offer valuable skills and opportunities, there are other routes to a prosperous career.
Options like vocational training, apprenticeships, boot camps, and self-teaching through online resources can pave the way to fulfilling and high-paying jobs.
“You’re Young and Have Ample Time!”
Adopting this mindset is like settling for mediocrity; it’s the idea that 30 is the new 20. As you progress through your twenties, you may not have the same energy to pursue the life you’ve dreamed of in your career and social life.
“Avoid Social Media”
While excessive use can lead to wasted time or addiction, avoiding social media altogether is outdated. Social platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook are powerful networking tools for change and staying updated.
“Don’t Wait for Financial Readiness: Embrace Parenthood Now!”
The casual approach of raising another human being without the total capacity to provide adequate care and considering it acceptable profoundly unsettles me.
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