The editors at Training keep sending me books to review, and, doggone it, the books keep getting better. This one is worthy enough to read whether or not you are a member of Generation Y trying to figure out how to fit into the workplace of the future or a Boomer manager trying to figure out how to manage members of Gen Y. One can simply read it to better understand the demographic makeup of our emerging global society.
My kids are Gen Yers, and I became excited and worried for their futures after reading the book. Excited because of the coming changes in how companies are going to take advantage of the skills of this vast new wave of workers, and a little worried about the scope of the global market for skills in which the kids will have to compete. One of my four currently is "stationed" in Taiwan, so he is gaining first-hand knowledge of the new world of work.
For those not as fortunate or adventurous, this book is a great opportunity to get a clear view ahead. Gen Yers will receive a conceptual framework for your lifelong, and I mean lifelong (Erickson suggests Gen Y careers will last at least 60 years), approach to their career, how to work with Gen Xers and Boomers, and how to prepare for multiple careers in one lifetime.
The six-step framework the author provides is the type of thing I wish I had access to when I was fresh out of college. But there is no looking back allowed in this book, only a look ahead at a fascinating world of work in the making.
Buy the book: Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work".