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INSIDE THE MIND OF A GEN. Y STUDENT TEXT RANDALL KORAL IMAGE ALEXIA DESVERNAY
f you want to tick-off business school students, try telling us what to think. If you really want to tick us off, tell us what we’re thinking. Like we’re all thinking with one brain. Like we’re all equally insecure or over-confident or over-reactive when people tell us what we’re thinking. Like, who asked them? We don’t even know what we’re thinking half the time. The other half of the time (minimum) we’re doing the b-school thang. Working our butts off. Learning how to think.
“Business school students are more narcissistic than others,” Bloomberg Business Week told us a few years ago, adding that we’re “poor team players” and we “blame others for failures, take undeserved credit for success, are hypersensitive to negative feedback, and show an exaggerated sense of entitlement.” We are, however, fairly decent at Fruit Ninja. Point is, EDHEC’s NewGen Talent Centre has taken a close look at what’s really going on in the head
of Generation Y, for lack of a better term for the 20-somethings among us. And the Centre’s inaugural study debunks the widespread belief that this generation is not able to adapt to corporate culture. The study also reveals (plenty of) key competencies that companies can expect from these students. So maybe we’re not so bad after all, although we thought we were pretty good in the first place. Does that sounds narcissistic?