Archive for the ‘Community Press’ Category

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Cultural Clash – Gen Y in the Workforce

August 12, 2010

Gen Y is a general term for anyone born after 1980. Wikipedia notes that they are most familiar “with communications, media, and digital technologies“. Every generation will seek to differentiate itself from the generation before them. Jack and Suzy Welch reports in Business Week, although there is a perception that Gen Y in workforce have an unfair sense of entitlement they have found from their own experience that they are “hardworking, entrepreneurial, startlingly authentic, refreshingly candid, and wonderfully upbeat“.

ABC News presents a different story stating “a survey of more than 300 Australian business owners has summed up Generation Y as demanding, impatient and bad at communicating” however the survey also found Gen Y’s have “energy, a creativity and a charisma, so if you can harness their personalities and their view of the world in the right way, they can be good employees“.

It is very difficult to classify an entire generation and any assertions of both negative and positive are stereotypes. In every group there will be the “good” and the “bad“. Most Gen Y’s will have grown up with different technologies (e.g. internet and mobile phones) which will change their outlook and the way they operate in the workplace. Especially with easy access to the internet, information is now on demand and that’s the way Gen Y’s work. If the current generation can mold their processes slightly and adapt accordingly there are hard workers of any generation (Gen Y included) who will prove to be assets to their businesses.

References :

Generation Y disappoints employers
By Liv Casben – Fri Jul 13, 2007
ABC News
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/07/13/1978431.htm

Generation Y’s Bad Rap
by Jack and Suzy Welch – September 27, 2007
Business Week
http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/sep2007/ca20070927_516544.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index_managing

Wikipedia – Generation Y
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y

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Australia’s Fair Go Culture

August 10, 2010

Australia has defined part of its culture with the concept of a “fair go”. With Tourism Australia stating in its website that “It’s all about a fair go, the great outdoors and a healthy helping of irony“. In the TV Show A Fair Go, whilst discussing multiculturalism the host comments on “so-called Australian values – like mateship, and the notion of a fair go“. In the article from the Age, they asked Bibi Lall Mohamed from Mauritius what she loved about Australia. She replied “We loved Australia from the outset. To begin with, there’s so much space but it’s also the fact that people here give you a fair go.

Compared to other countries, Australia with a stable judicial system and economy can best afford its people and migrants an equal opportunity. In other countries where corruption is rampant, only those with money or connections are able to prosper. I personally migrated here from another country as the “fair go” culture in Australia provided the relevant opportunities to establish myself. The “fair go” culture allows those who are willing to work hard, the chance to succeed.

References :

Australia Culture – Tourism Australia
http://www.australia.com/about/culture.aspx

A Fair Go
Broadcasted on ABC on Monday 12th February 2007
Hosted by Jeff McMullen
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/differenceofopinion/episodes/episode_01.htm

People in Australia give you a fair go
By Martin Flanagan – July 21 2003
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/07/20/1058639659641.html

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Pop Culture – What is it?

July 30, 2010

There are various types of culture, however, this post will focus on Pop Culture (or Popular Culture) which represents the current mainstream culture that often reference arts, media and entertainment. One of the biggest pop culture events is Supanova which is a yearly convention that occurs in the state capitals of Australia.

In April 2010, the Sydney Morning Herald posted an article about Supanova stating it was an “invasion of the pop-culture creatures, strange beings who will converse in a shorthand geekspeak, don weird attire and beam themselves into a landscape usually inhabited by bulls, sheep and chooks.”

This fan made video showcases of various attendees with references to internet phenomenons like the “O Rly Owl”, video game characters from Final Fantasy and horror movie cosplayers dressed up as Aliens.

This yearly convention showcases a more “geeky” culture and allows its participants to interact and collect autographs from their favourite stars such as Alex Meraz who played a werewolf in Twilight – Eclipse or Summer Glau from Terminator.

For people new to the scene, it may be slightly daunting to see people dressed as pop culture characters, but I feel that this is a great showcase of interests from various genres such as popular movies, to TV shows and video games. Although “pop culture” isn’t perceived with the some distinction such as ballet, it still represents its own micro-cosmos of culture and if its participants are having fun and enjoying it, isn’t that the most important thing?

References :
Supanova gives geeks their moment in the sun
by GREG BURCHALL – April 16, 2010
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/supanova-gives-geeks-their-moment-in-the-sun-20100415-shpw.html

Supanova Website :
http://supanova.com.au

O RLY? – Wikipedia Entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_RLY