Generation X are the post World War II baby boomers. Gen Xers were born shortly before the introduction of digital technologies. So that means there were no cell phones, Apple was merely a fruit and a pad or tablet was a stack of paper. History and politics have vastly changed. Gen X’rs cultural experiences were shaped by many events. For example post-assassination of John F. Kennedy,the Vietnam War, Watergate, the election of Ronald Reagan, the 1984 Summer Olympics.
The glass ceiling for women had not even been touched let alone broken.
Now there is a new group in the work force called Millennials. The Millennial Generation is new to the workforce who would prefer to text their co-worker sitting across from them rather than talk or even communicate with the Generation X co-worker. Despite the difference in age, there are mutual benefits in a professional work environment.
A Generation X’er can offer to mentor the Millennial generation ( Generation Y) if they will accept it.
Some of the top five reasons to being a mentor according to US News & World Report are:
Mentoring programs can be essential in an executives career advancement.
- Learn new things; Every generation has their strengths, and a mentor relationship can be a great way to learn from one another.
- Give back to your industry; Mentoring young professionals can tune their skills and improve their knowledge of the industry.
Develop a new relationship; by cultivating a new mentor relationship you can add new connections to your network.
Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” John Crosby
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