Friday I attended Part I of an excellent class on Generational Diversity presented through Merced College at its Business Resource Center .  As a fun and interesting evidence of generational change we were introduced to The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014.

The class of ’14  is currently grouped with the Millennial or Gen Y  Generation  (1980 to current) but may someday get reclassified as Generation Z, the Net, or the i Generation (2000-2020??) because of their all their iStuff proficiencies.  For them email is old school! 

The List site states, “Most students entering college for the first time this fall—the Class of 2014—were born in 1992. For these students Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, and Bert Parks  have always been dead.”

Here are my favorite TOP 12 from the Beloit List of 75!

1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
7. “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.
16. Korean cars have always been a staple on American highways.
19. They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.
28. They’ve never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.
32. Czechoslovakia has never existed.
35. Once they got through security, going to the airport has always resembled going to the mall.
41. American companies have always done business in Vietnam.
43. Russians and Americans have always been living together in space.
46. Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.
75. Honda has always been a major competitor on Memorial Day at Indianapolis.

I think it’s cool to invest in Generational Diversity training because of how it helps us work together with less frustration more understanding.  Always good!