Transitioning (T): Being someone from the Gen Y group, do you feel that opportunities are now somewhat muted as both the babyboomers and Gen X have already gained a strong foothold in senior positions in the public and private sectors?
Adeline (A) : Yes, I believe so.
T: I have heard from the Gen Y graduates that life is getting tougher here as they have to compete not only with their peers but also foreign talents, do you agreed with their views? Why so?
A: I agree with their views. It has been especially difficult ever since the recession. Companies prefer to hire cheaper labour in the form of foreign talents. In addition, the number of university graduates has gone up over the years. Therefore, being a graduate from a local university is no longer special as compared to the past. You are able to find a university graduate anywhere. Unless you are exceptional in your studies or CCA, or from a very prestigious foreign university, you will find it very difficult.
T: After seeing so many record breaking divorces in our country for the past few years, does this statistics frighten you from tying the knot with someone?
A: I have no intention of getting married in the first place.
T: In your opinion, what do you think is the greatest obstacles facing marriages right now?
A: I feel that people might not be as mature as before with regards to marriage. With marriage come responsibilities, but many are not mentally ready and rush into it. I also feel the morals of people today are not as strong as before and the breakup of many marriages may be due to this reason.
T: Many Gen Y have also told me that the work culture here is rather stifling, you work from day to night and during weekend you try to rest and prepare for the next week of onslaught – do you agree with them?
A: I agree with them, especially now where competition for jobs is stiff. There are so many people waiting to replace you if you do not work hard enough.
T: Recently, we have read of binge drinking among the young people here, what is your opinion on this and is this a growing trend among people that you know of?
A: I feel this is due to the increase of stress levels here, regardless of work or studies. Young people have to find an avenue to relieve their stress and some willingly or unwillingly chose this option. I do not know about binge drinking among my group of friends as most of us are teetotalers but I had of several binge eating cases.
T: There is also this growing feeling that the Gen Y population here belongs to the strawberry generation and that they are not as tough as the babyboomers and Gen X, do you think so?
A: I do not think so. If being “tough” refers to being able to live without modern conveniences and probably having a nice place to stay, then, the Gen Y population is indeed not as tough. However, if it was referring to the ability to withstand academic and work pressures, in general, the Gen Y population is just as tough if not tougher. The types of stress and stress level are different from that of the past.
T: What do you think has really change after watching how your parents have toiled and brought you up – do you think this spirit of familial bliss may be missing in the younger set of families right now?
A: Yes, I think so. Younger people tend to want to enjoy more as compared to our parents’ generation whom most are willing to give their children everything they are able to offer.
T: Many young people I met dream of emigration as a w ay out of this stressful environment, do you have the same thoughts?
A: Yes. In fact, I have been thinking of emigration to Australia. The first chance I get to go abroad, I will make sure to grab it well. I don’t care if I am labeled as a “quitter”.
End of interview and thank you.
Editor’s Note: The writer is working as a temp now and it will end soon.