The generation gap has been unheard of in the last few decades. The last time people actively discussed or debated about it was in the last century. Industrialization was at its peak and the world market was becoming global. With more International trade relations, society witnessed a generation gap.
The generation was keen on taking risks, wanted to be multicultural and expansive. This fuelled the manufacturing and trading sectors as well. With everyone becoming comfortable with the global approach, many countries focused on education as well. This resulted in the USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Canada becoming some preferred choices. The international students who wanted to pursue higher education started looking up to these. Few years after this, the internet came into public use.
This was the beginning of an entirely new generation. A generation that was less familiar with the traditional education sector and work life. With the rapid growth of the internet and new education techniques, we can observe the effect of technology. One such effect is that of the higher educational generation gap. Let us find out ahead how this generation gap is leading to an entirely alternative way of gaining an education.
The Higher Ed Generation Gap:
In the higher educational generation gap, technology is the leading factor. Many experts believe that in this Information Age, the students are becoming more impulsive and distracted. While this holds in most cases, one cannot deny that the newer generation is more equipped with skills for the right job.
Consider this example: A stock market analyst started his job two or three decades ago. He does not have a flair for working with gadgets and the latest software. While a young adult in recent times who has gained knowledge of the stock market is working as a freelance stock analyst. While the former has more experience, it is unlikely that he would be more valuable. This is because, in the current generation’s education pedagogy, skills and technology are more valuable. To curb this gap, although people can get used to the latest technology, then their employability would be a question. The mindset of taking risks and learning on one’s own is deeply embedded in this generation. While it cannot be the same for someone who has been working for many decades.
Using technology and innovation as an anchor, it is easier to build a profitable job profile today. Recruiters and employers also look for freshers who have a creative and technologically advanced skill set. Although, the gap between the current generation and the next one is not expected to be as big as the last one. But, let us see how education reforms in the coming years.
Hence, the widening generation gap is nothing but a virtual wall of technology. It is true that no matter which generation, if technologically advanced, can get to the other side of the wall. The younger generation although needs behavioral and emotional guidance. With a more holistic growth, the current generation can be the frontrunners in global development. As of now, we can work on helping each other in collaboration and career prospects.