The Millennial Generation and Vocation to Religious Life

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When We talk about young men who occasionally make an inquiry about religious life, we asked ourselves where they are coming from. When we speak of the young people of today, we are dealing of the so-called generation Y or the Millennial. The millennial generation is the generation of children born between 1982 and 2002, some 81 million children who have taken over K-12, have already entered college and the workforce. This generation will replace the Baby-boomers as they retire.

The Millennial lives in two parallel worlds. Their lives are interwoven both in the real and virtual world. The knowledge of reality passes almost exclusively through the mediation of social media. For many young people the virtual world is a place where you feel the security and the freedom to express themselves without fear of being judged. Vocations, today, in addition to the initiative of God, arise as a result of a new cultural mediation deeply that let glimpse the youth of today. This digital world, also called sixth continent that favors the new anthropologies and ways of thinking.

It is easy to spot a Millennial. A Vocation Director should spend time listening and observing young people around him. By being a keen observant he will notice these traits:

a. They don’t believe in being shackled to tradition or location.
This generation didn’t know a time without digital technology; they were weaned on it. this generation is shackled only to their devices and the reach of a cell tower or Wi-Fi signal. As cellular and Internet coverage spreads, and devices become more and more powerful and portable, those shackles are becoming less and less restrictive.

b. They believe in the inherent value of face time in the virtual sense.
That isn’t to say they aren’t social. Nor is it to say they don’t ever want to take meetings with other people. Face time, to the millennials, is more valuable when there’s less of it. When it’s reserved for the really important matter, or when it’s a smaller portion of the day. Face time means talking to the persons via social media applications.

c. They believe in learning, not pieces of paper.
While persons other generations are likely to tell about the degrees they’ve earned, or about the prospects or projects they’re afraid they won’t get because of the degrees they haven’t earned, the millennials talk to about what they’d need to learn in order to get the job. Which isn’t to say this generation doesn’t value a formal education or certifications. But when it comes to personal growth or qualifications they value knowledge and experience more. They can learn continually and cumulatively without compromising their work or lifestyle.

d. They believe in learning from someone else’s experience.
In line with valuing learning over degrees, this generation is all about learning from anyone who has done something they want to do. They gobble up stories of successful trailblazers, they pick the brains of more experienced people in their industry, and they look to everyone from formal advisers to fictional characters as role models.

e. They believe in life, not work-life balance.
They want to talk about designing a life. That life includes their family and friends, it includes their hobbies and pastimes and it includes their business.

 

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