A new generation of youngsters has come of age which relies heavily on technology that has witnessed unparalleled revolution in recent times. They have their own expanse of living which defies all the ethos, taboos and traditions of the past.
The new lot is confident as well as assertive. More than two thirds of this bunch sees their generation as unique and distinct. And they are least bothered whether you approve their worldview or not.
The new generation has their own set of aspirations and they are displaying the courage to walk the extra mile to achieve their dreams.
They are flexible and understanding on issues as complex as immigration, race and homosexuality. They are open minded, extremely outgoing and show remarkable tolerance on matters of social and global conflict. They are more comfortable with globalization and experimenting with new ways of working.
They are upfront when you ask them about their objectives - to earn fortune and fame.
They say their dominant goal is to be “Rich” and “Self dependent”. Most Teens, from urban and middle class background, are generally happy with their lives and optimistic about their future.
Aayush Banger, currently pursuing CA from a Mumbai University, says “I aspire to be rich and be entitled as the best businessman. I want to live a normal life with no fame, but I want a secured future so that I could enjoy and live peacefully when I get older”.
“I want to earn and be successful at a young age so that I can pursue my hobbies such as golf and travelling later on,” said Gurmehar Sekhon, a Chandigarh girl who is preparing for medical exams.
Unlike the old days, youths now have many career options in mind. They are no longer interested in chasing a degree in engineering and law only. They want to experiment with new avenues and scope for creativity.
Aspirations are determined in early childhood but they are prone to changes throughout the life. This is truer for the new generation. They do not stick to one career option. They keep changing it with time and interest.
“In the current job climate, we're all likely to be changing jobs much more frequently, and this is something to actually get excited about.” said a student of Delhi University.
Ruchi Vasudev, another girl from Assam who is pursuing a course in mass media from Sophia College, Mumbai, believes that career goals should not be changed too often.
“…to an extent it is correct to change a career according to your own interests, but not repeatedly. Nothing helps in life if you're not focused,” Ruchi clarified.
These days, parents inculcate a sense of competence in their children by allowing them to structure their own tasks and by giving the child the feeling that he is loved and admired no matter how successful or unsuccessful he or she is.
They also give their children freedom in order to make them feel independent in today's world. 60 percent parents extend full support to their children in the matter of his/her career options.
They not only encourage them but also provide them with whatever assistance they need. With changing attitude and aspiration of youth in today's world, even parents are changing their ways of thinking.
” I want my son to be successful in whatever option he picks up. By the end of it, it's his life and his options”, said Inderdeep Kaur, mother of Ruchi.
Parents are becoming more flexible with their thinking and this is helping children to gain more support and fulfil their dream.