What's Next, Gen X

What’s Next Gen X?

Keeping up, Moving Ahead, and Getting the Career You Want

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Ok–let me be radical. I’m becoming a disbeliever in generational thinking. I know there are certain demographics that should be heeded–our aging population and the fact pensions are predicated on a certain proportion of contributing workers to retirees and all that–but I dislike painting entire groups of people with a broad brush, just because they happen to be born within a few years of each other. I know certain 50-year-olds who love technology and social networking, and other 20-year-olds who can’t figure out how to forward their email. So who is Generation X? According to this book, those born between 1965 and 1979. Erickson gives a brief demographic overview and history of where Gen X is situated in the broader scheme of births (1965-1979 were years of very low births in North America) as well as in the generational literature, quoting other demographic researchers and their interpretations. While this is an interesting study of Gen X, and the writing is excellent, I’d suggest only picking up this book if you already feel that you associate and identify with so-called Gen X characteristics: you believe in being self-reliant, you believe in being a good parent, you believe in being a good friend, you want to choose how to spend your time, and you have a strong preference for crafting rewarding and engaging work. To me, this reads like a horoscope and can apply to many people, even those outside Gen X, but if it really resonates, this book may help you with your career future.

 

Lisa Sansom