This year, the library is having our 2nd annual Generation Next Series. This series of 3 programs is geared to the Millenial Generation (otherwise known as Generation Y, the Global Generation, the "me-first" generation or the Net Generation) of individuals who have birth dates generally between the late 1970's to the early 2000's and are primarily the children of baby boomers. This demographic cohort is said to be the most educated and diverse generation in history. They are also said to have a tendency have more entrepreneurial tendencies. However, all are welcome to attend the programs. The information can be pertinent to individuals of all ages. This generation is known for:
- Being technologically savvy, the first generation to experience social media and very innovative
- Having strong beliefs in equal opportunity and being quite ethnically and racially diverse
- Being very confident; they tend to have very high expectations in terms of wages, and ability to affect change in their workplace
The first program Entrepreneurship 101: Tips on Starting Your Own Small Business is tonight:
Join Donovan Dill, entrepreneurship program manager from Youth Employment Services (YES). He will discuss services available to aspiring young entrepreneurs and provide an overview on business planning, obtaining loans, business operations as well as advice on avoiding common mistakes.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013/ Room 1/6:30 - 8:00pm
The next program is How to Hatch Your Career through Networking
Cassandra Jowett, content manager from TalentEgg.ca will share how she hatched her own career through networking while she was a student at Ryerson University, and provide easy-to-use strategies that will help students and grads become better networkers both online and in real life.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013/6:30 - 8:00pm/ Room 2/3
The final program is Secrets of a Successful Technology Startup
Join entrepreneur Mahyar Fotoohi, Chairman & Co-founder of Unified Computer Intelligence Corp., a technology startup that is changing how people interact with the Internet and technology. Mahyar will discuss creating a product that people want, building the right team, and fundraising.
Monday, May, 27, 2013/ 6:30 - 8:00pm/ Auditorium
This demographic has been profiled a lot recently. The Huffington Post Canada did an Abacus data poll on 1,004 generation nexters to get a sense of their different characteristics since all milennials are not the same. They came up with 6 different Millennial Segments .
You can take a quiz to figure out which millenial you are.
There was also an interesting Globe and Mail article The six ways Generation Y will transform the workplace. Here are a couple of the ways:
- Having more women in leadership roles - the majority of millenials were used to both of their parents working so they have had positive female role models.
- Have regular, immediate social media feedback - immediate feedback is effective especially in terms of evaluating performance and even rewarding performance publicly.
- Emphasize a performance, result driven work environment - evaluation is based mainly on performance not necessarily presence
So remember to check out our programs. They are all free of charge. If you'd like to register, call us up in the Business department at 416-395-5613. You can also drop in without registering as long as the seats aren't all taken.
Hope to see you there!