Every year, Beloit College publishes “The Mindset List.” This is designed to remind professors that the life experiences of the incoming class are far different from the professors’ life experiences. It’s also a good reminder for employers. The new grads will see things differently than the experienced workers will. It’s not just because of lack of experience, but rather different experience.
This year’s entering Freshmen class has the following things influencing their mindset:
- When they see wire-rimmed glasses, they think Harry Potter, not John Lennon.
- During their initial weeks of kindergarten, they were upset by endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center.
- Hong Kong has always been part of China.
- Ads for prescription drugs, noting their disturbing side effects, have always flooded the airwaves.
- There has always been a national database of sex offenders.
But what about your entering class? What about the new grads that you hired this summer, or will hire in the near future? Beloit’s list for the class of 2014 contains some things you may not have thought about when you hired them. Here are some that might affect how you do business.
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