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Between Two Different Generations

Traditionally, education plays an important part in the life of individuals. However, people of different generations often have different views on education. In this regard, it is possible to refer to the experience and views of an individual, who completed his education in the early 2000s and an individual, who completed his education in the late 1970s. The interview of both individuals have revealed a number of noteworthy facts, which reveal the wide gap in views and attitudes of people of different generations to education as well as consistent changes that have occurred to education in the course of time.

First of all, it is important to dwell upon the attitude of individuals to education. The older individual was concerned with his education but he believed that people should look for their own opportunities in their life, regardless of education. To put it more precisely, he stood on the ground that people do not always need education to succeed. Instead, they need they need what he called the internal power, which helps people to succeed in their professional and personal life. In contrast, the younger individual stressed the importance of education in the contemporary society, to the extent that he defined education as an essential condition of a successful career. In such a way, a consistent change in the attitude of people to education has occurred in the course of time. To put it more precisely, people have become more concerned with their education as the ground for the professional development and successful career.

Furthermore, in the course of the interview, both individuals uncovered the influence on decision concerning obtaining higher education they were susceptible to. In this regard, the representative of the older generation has suffered more significant pressure from the part of his parents compared to the representative of the younger generation. The latter has proved to be conscious of the importance of education for his professional development and career, whereas the representative of the older generation was not really interested in education. On the other hand, both individuals agreed that the time, when they obtained their higher education was a great fun, but learning made that time a bit difficult for them.

At the same time, on analyzing reasons and motivation for learning, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the representative of the older generation was more concerned with his personal development, which was the major reason he focused on his education, whereas the representative of the younger generation was more concerned with his professional development. As the matter of fact, the representative of the younger generation viewed his education as a mere tool to make a successful professional career or, at least, to find a well-paid job. In contrast, the representative of the older generation believed that interest and personal development were major reasons and motivators he obtained his education for. In such a way, the striking difference in motivation and reasons for education can be revealed. In fact, the younger generation proves to be more pragmatic and oriented on the professional development.

In such a context, it is quite natural that the representative of the younger generation defined the ultimate goals of education as obtaining a diploma and finding a good job with good career prospects. In fact, the representative of the older generation also mentioned career development as one of goals of education but his priority was not obtaining a diploma or getting a well-paid job but the main goal was just to learn. The ultimate goal was learning, broadening eyesight and formation wider views through obtaining more information due to education. Hence, the substantial difference between generations is uncovered. The older generation was knowledge-oriented, whereas the younger generation is professional development-oriented and, what is more, the younger generation is more interested in the development of skills and abilities to learn, whereas the older generation was interested in obtaining knowledge. The difference probably derives from the different environment, in which representatives of different generations live. The older generation lived in a relatively stable and steadily developing world, whereas the younger generation lives in rapidly developing world and information age.

Finally, the interviewed individuals talked about the availability of education. The representative of the older generation pointed out that it was difficult to obtain the higher education but it was even more difficult to enter a college or University. In contrast, the representative of the younger generation argued that modern education is available to students and the main factor is the desire of a student to learn, although he agreed that some limitations still exist especially in relation to students from low-income families. In this regard, the representative of the older generation added to income level barriers, racial barriers and social class barriers.

Thus, the interview of two individuals belonging to different generations has revealed substantial differences in education in the past and now. The education has become more oriented on the professional development, more available, and more important for a successful professional career.