The youth of today…

Are the kids getting smarter these days?

I’m not sure you know, given the latest anecdotes I’ve heard. I’m not much older than them, but I already fear the dilution of our gene pool.

CASE STUDY 1

My PR friend was telling me about the rookies in her agency.

She said: “These rookies are fresh out of school and they don’t want to do the basic PR work like doing press clippings or monitoring the media. They tell the boss: ‘I don’t want to do all these simple stuff! I want to sit down with the client and talk strategy!'”

Strategy? With what they’ve learnt in school?

CASE STUDY 2

This intern from a poly was out on assignment at Lakeside. It’s about 6pm and she calls one of the regulars in her office located in Braddell Road area.

“Erm, Jon, I need to take a taxi.”

“Where are you?”

“Near Chinese Gardens.”

“Isn’t there an MRT right outside the gardens?”

“Yah, but it’s quite far from the office. The MRT is really a long ride.”

“So what do you want to do?”

“I don’t have any money on me right now….can you lend me some money to take a taxi?”

“DO I LOOK LIKE AN ATM TO YOU?”

(Obviously she wanted Jon to wait outside the office for her taxi to come by. But this being a two-week old rookie, he wouldn’t have any of her BS.)

CASE STUDY 3

Anything involving corporate/national security and YouTube. What’s the point of being so tech-savvy when you’ve got guano for brains?

8 Replies to “The youth of today…”

  1. They are generally unwilling to ‘apprentice’ to learn their ‘craft’. I think getting an “A” in memorising Michael Porter’s book gives them the belief they are smart. Haha.

    BTW, nice blog. Your old one is especially funny (esp the burning hell money part).

  2. Ok, now I’m the ignorant one. I’ve never read Michael Porter before. My current reading is limited to Clive Barker, Stephen King, and lots of kiddie books.

  3. I confess that I’ve only read “Weaveword” from Clive Barker and I found the book excellent if a little long. Not a Stephen King fan I’m afraid.

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