Monthly Archives: February 2017

What concerns Millennials from 30 countries

The 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey of almost 8,000 full-time employees from 30 developed and emerging countries asked about their greatest concerns. Overall, the top issue is political conflict and tension (56%), while in emerging markets they are more likely to worry about crime/corruption (58%) and hunger, health, and inequality (50%). Overall, the second concern is about terrorism (29%), followed by unemployment at 25%. They realize that automation will bring major changes to their workplaces and a majority (51%) think they will need retraining. Climate change was towards the bottom of their concerns; although 59% believe that have some accountability for protecting the environment, only 38% believe they can create a “significant” influence. They have most hope about making change locally in advocacy groups and local companies; 88% say business has a positive impact on the world around it with the highest agreement in emerging markets.


The survey reported that Millennials generally reject the “new agenda” of radical political leaders like Donald Trump in favor of those who want gradual change. They do want “straight-talking” and passion in leaders. They are most satisfied working for liberal/relaxed managers than authoritarian ones and like to work collaboratively and consensually with flexible hours.


“The 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey”

Review of Academic Success book

Biblio File: Chico State professor helps students ‘harness the power of the mind’

By Dan Barnett, Book Columnist

Posted: 02/25/17, 4:06 PM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago


Gayle Kimball is Chico State University Department of Sociology professor emerita. In her writing she blends “energy work” (using acupressure, meditation and visualization “to harness the power of the mind”) with a deep passion for reaching students around the world who are trapped in conditions that make it a challenge to succeed.

Challenges may come from without (poverty, social discrimination) but also from within (procrastination, fear, aimlessness), and in her new book Kimball provides hundreds of resources that help students become overcomers, even activists. She also includes “the advice and experience of young people from various countries to discover how they succeed and to provide insight into the global youth culture….”

“Your Mindful Guide To Academic Success: Beat Burnout” ($9.99 in Amazon Kindle edition from Equality Press) focuses on cultivating good study skills, developing strategies for taking tests and writing essays, “clearing emotional blocks to success,” using the internet to increase educational access, and joining youth movements around the world to “fight for a more just and equitable world.”

Kimball draws on a wealth of information about, for example, learning disabilities, “balancing the left and right sides of the body,” positive self-talk, depression, being a student of color, and more. (The section on how to research is written by former Butte College librarian Morgan Brynnan.)

Kimball advises students to “structure regular time for exercise, socializing, quiet time, and volunteer work that you feel passionate about so you don’t burn out. I’d also like you to think about the influence of sex-role socialization in your choice of major and career objectives. Try to think outside the typical, the normal. In a world that’s increasingly global and unequal, my other hope is that you’ll be an activist in whatever cause is most important to you.”

There’s a companion Facebook page called Test Success: How To Cope With Stress And Anxiety (

Kimball is scheduled to speak at a free workshop on “Mind Power To Achieve Your Goals” during the Emotional Tune-Up Seminar, sponsored by the Chico Area Recreation and Park District from 12:30-4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Lakeside Pavilion, 2565 California Park Drive.

“Mom” is a youth term of praise

Have you heard this???

“Mom” is used as a term of praise by young fans in the US for people like a Supreme Court Justice: a “Jezebel” website headline demanded, “You leave our mom Ruth Bader Ginsburg alone, you monster,” and singer Beyoncé’s fans declared that she is “everyone’s mom.” [i]Singer Taylor Swift is also called “mom,” although she doesn’t have children. Female roommates sometimes call each other “mom.”

[i] Jessica Bennett, “On the Internet, to Be ‘Mom’ is to Be Queen,” New York Times, December 3, 2016.

International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day on March 8 has been observed globally since the early 1900s. You would think facts like the following would no longer be pertinent: A UN fact-finding mission in the US in 2015 reported a shocking gap between rhetoric and the facts of “women’s missing rights” in the US. They said, “In global context, US women do not take their rightful place as citizens.” The report specifically pointed to the increasing barriers to abortion and other reproductive health care, low numbers of women legislators (the US ranks number 72 globally), a 21% gender wage gap, and cuts to social safety net programs. Many of Trump cabinet appointees voted against the Violence Against Women Act and the Fair Pay Act, as well as being anti-choice and climate change deniers. The silver lining of the Trump Administration is women are in the forefront of standing up for human rights, famous like Elizabeth Warren, Sally Yates, plus the large numbers of unknown women who show up at townhalls around the country. Representative David Brat told a meeting of conservatives in Virginia, “We’re getting hammered. Since Obamacare and those issues have come up, the women are in my grill, no matter where they go.” When the Senate prohibited Warren from continuing to read Coretta Scott King’s letter protesting racist Jeff Sessions appointment, a Twitter storm resulted with the hashtag #shepersisted where women posted pictures of their heroines like Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Margaret Sanger and Ruby Bridges. Young women globally exhibit great courage in fighting for their fights, as I discovered researching a book about them (you’re invited to critique chapters). Think of Pakistani Malala Yousafzai’s advocacy of education for girls since she was 11, awarded the Nobel Peace prize at age 18. As a Muslim, would Trump want to ban her from our country? Young women led more recent uprisings in Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Israel, and Chile; the list is available on Women and allies will continue to be in legislators’ grills.


who are US Millennials?

Millennials, born between 1980 and around 2000, are the largest, best educated, and most diverse generation in US history—about 42% are people of color.[i] About 61% of adult Millennials attended college and more of their generation are completing their degrees, burdened by over $1 trillion in student loan debt. However, college graduates earn more than workers with only high school diplomas. Many of them believe what makes their generation unique is their connection to technology and at least three-quarters of them have a social media account. They value creativity and doing good on the job: This ties in to the desire of many of them to become entrepreneurs. An altruistic generation, they are more likely than older generations to say they want to make a contribution to society and they feel a strong connection to family, partly because their parents spent more time with them than older generations.

[i] All facts in this paragraph are from this report. “15 Economic Facts About Millennials,” The Council of Economic Advisors, October 2014.

youth self-esteem in different cultures

Self-esteem is different culturally.[i] For example, in some studies North American young people had higher scores than Chinese and Japanese students, and students in the UK had higher scores than students in Nigeria. Another study found that self-esteem is more associated with life satisfaction and well-being in individualistic cultures like the US than in collectivist ones like China and Korea. Low self-esteem in adolescents is associated with external locus of control, higher depression rates, and lower academic achievement, High self-esteem is linked to parental warmth and acceptance both in some Western countries and China and Japan. A study of 11th graders in the US, Czech Republic, China and Korea found higher self-image in the US and China with less depression than in Czech Republic and Korea, indicating the degree of individualism wasn’t influential, while parental influence is important. Boys had slightly higher self-esteem scores, but not to the point of statistical significance. For all four countries, students with more educated parents had higher self-esteem.

[i] Susan Farruggia, et al., “Adolescent Self-Esteem in Cross-Cultural Perpective Testing Measurement equivalence and a Mediation Model,” Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, November 2004.

DOI: 10.1177/0022022104270114