How Millennials Will Change the Future of Work

May 21, 2019

India has several visionaries in the field of education, philanthropy, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, etc. But do we have enough, efficient and effective workforce available to execute the roadmap to achieve these goals, especially for a population as large as 130 Crore? The millennials can and should fill in this space. For two reasons; firstly, because ‘externally’ millennials are in the right stage of development and thus having the capacity to deliver for a long run. And secondly because ‘internally’ this age is the most appropriate time to think and act (primarily) towards contributing to a meaningful purpose in life.

We, millennials are not living in an era of survival anymore. It is a false notion of insecurity which our society makes us believe in. Rather we are in an era where we can think and achieve the visions of at least basic living standards and human rights to everyone. Right work gets paid too so better to have a career which gives a sense of contribution to others than only a salary. As many millennials are getting some sense of security in life and are able to realize this sense of contribution, a meaningful career becomes the most preferred choice for them.

Someone once had said, “whatever was easy to do has already been taken up and done, only the hard one is left”. Passionate people find their ways of achieving the vision but only a skilled one might not. Most of the extraordinary feats have been achieved by passionate people because they'll put each and every effort to gain the knowledge, skills and attitude to do that. But doing otherwise is not that one sees often. So, if the millennials have the passion, this workforce just needs right kind of knowledge, skills, attitude and value exposure to own this responsibility. And that is possible to deliver.

There are ample examples that this young workforce is passionate, now the question is are they being guided correctly. National Youth Policy 2014 (launched in February 2014) is the most updated policy, catering to 600 million young people in India, a 94-page document. The words like education, skills and employment have been referred for 106 times, 72 and 46 times respectively. While 'Harmony' is referred for just 5 times. The most shocking is that even after facing several challenges to keep peace in many areas of the country, the word 'peace' gets ZERO mention in the entire document.

It is time that we raise questions like, Do we have IIMs for Development Sector? If yes, then why no one has raised issues on policies like the above? If one has raised, then why such an incomplete approach is guiding the nation and its 600 million youth for the last five years?

I don't have answers to these questions. But certainly, we need systems thinking, reflective and visionary approach to face the huge task which lies in front of us of giving the right direction to the youth; provide the right training and develop the right leadership. We cannot afford to have multiple negative unintended consequences like what Green revolution had. And for this, we need academic institutions as good as IIMs but completely dedicated to social sector leadership and workforce development.

We need institutions where the workforce learns going to the root cause of an issue, keeping human factors above service delivery, reflection in action, revisiting the approaches with a scope of improvement, seeing things from both micro and macro perspectives, authentic professionalism, valuing the grey areas of situations and many more such things. Education institutions that teach more than just management. Institutions which give this passion a practical approach, without which the optimal impact cannot be achieved.

But why to think so much? Because understand the wisdom mentioned in the Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which shows deep connections with the references to "human family" and to "the spirit of brotherhood" when it says that 'everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.' Or think about Article 1: ‘All human beings are born free and equal. You are worth the same and have the same rights as anyone else.’

One is born with the ability to think and to know right from wrong. Thus, should act toward others in a spirit of friendliness. If all this is not sufficient to be good reasons for youth to help their motherland.

  • Because our peace and happiness don't exist in isolation and, willingly or unwillingly, get influenced by what everyone around is facing.
  • Because we don't have a fatherland to go to, this is all we got: the motherland.
  • Because Mars and Moon are still not habitable, at least for you and me.
  • To prove that we have the same genes but not the habits which made the situations so bad
  • To have a story of change to tell our grandchildren
  • To face the future generations with proud than the guilt of not doing anything.
  • And the last, because Bhagat Singh, a 22-23 year young, was not mad. We are 25, 30, 32 years old and what is in our life to be proud on or to work towards!

Source: https://www.peoplematters.in/blog/guest-article/how-millennials-will-cha...

More From Blog

My Field Study Gave Me First Hand Experience Of What Poverty Can Do To A Family

I was very biased about my ideas on Rajasthan; Rajasthan always depicted

April 02, 2020 | Elvina Deori

It’s time we mainstream the development sector institutions !

This piece talks about the need of the development sector institutions i

November 20, 2019 | By Sujith Ail

What A Small Village In Arunachal Taught Me About Human-Nature Interactions

My journey started as a manager of a cellular firm.

November 15, 2019 | Debabrata Saha

Thinking of Change

From nowhere to everywhere, mankind has found its direction to continuou

October 01, 2019 | Roopa Sharma

How Indian companies approach CSR

Shankar Venkateswaran, Chief of Tata Sustainability Group, speaks to IDR about corporate giving in India. He shares...

September 23, 2019 | Cofounder Name

My Idea Of Development Was Pretty Underdeveloped

“If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have alw

September 23, 2019 | Shivangi Jasrapuria

How Self-Help Groups Generated Awareness On Basic Rights In Bastar

It was a hot March afternoon and the sun was gradually setting, when I r

September 19, 2019 | Nilanjan Panda

Under The Shadow Of Wild Elephants, Marginalised Women Take Giant Strides

Minoti Das lived in a perpetual state of dependency; dependency on her f

June 25, 2019 | Monica Chauhan

Portal Exclusive: Millennials opting for a career with a purpose

Social development sector is slowly becoming a preferred career choice w

June 19, 2019 | Gaurav Shah

5 Living elements to start your climate change fight at home

It's been a long time that world over people are debating on the impact

June 03, 2019 | Swati

My Story: “It Took Me Over A Year To Switch To Menstrual Cup & I Recommend It For Every Woman...

As World Menstruation day approaches us on May 28th, the topic may be ou

May 29, 2019 | Nitisha

Becoming A Reflective Practitioner Taught Me The Importance Of A Journey

In 2015, when I got introduced to the field of social work or the develo

May 21, 2019 | Sanjana Kaushik

Because I Am Beautiful!

In a world where people are proudly calling themselves ‘feminists’, nobo

April 16, 2019 | Smruti Paradarshita

Reflection: The Art Of Knowing Yourself

When I first heard of the word reflection, I believed that it was all ab

March 12, 2019 | Nancy Kapoor

I am Because You Are: Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude

The default mode of our existence has been to view things in binaries –

February 27, 2019 | Sakshi Sharma

I Have A Dream For India Where People Recognise That Mother Earth Has Rights Too

Recently in Brussels (the capital of Belgium), thousands of school stude

February 18, 2019 | Chetan Patil

‘Bahraich Ke Kisse’: My Story Of Meeting Some Awe-inspiring Women

Encountering Awe-Inspiring Women

January 31, 2019 | Shruthi

Know What ISDM Means To It's Students

Indian School Of Development Management (ISDM) is a family.

January 28, 2019 | Monica Chauhan

Connecting Dots

It started with the act of helping a 3 year old carry a bucket of water

October 15, 2018 | Sanjana Kaushik

THE JOURNEY – road less travelled!!

I started my journey in this sector with PRADAN.

September 07, 2018 | Elvina Deori