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Research into Understanding Millennials

Apr 06, 2017

“Entitled or Indebted? Millennials Navigating Work, Life, and Success,” will be the topic at the Monday, April 17, Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education program. Karla Erickson, professor of Sociology and Associate Dean at Grinnell College, will introduce participants to sociological exploration of generations, work, and life satisfaction.

How does the Millennial generation – young people born between 1977 and 1995 – navigate opportunity, failure, and success in the era after the 2008 recession? How do they define success in regards to family, status, and income? In what ways are they prepared for the new economy and what obstacles do they encounter? SEED attendees will hear answers that Erickson and the team of Grinnell College student researchers uncovered.

Erickson is an ethnographer of labor. She has published two books. Some of her previous studies examined elders living in community, as well as servers working in neighborhood diners.

Erickson’s current research entitled, “Building Selves in Uncertain Times,” studies college-educated Millennials’ experiences navigating success and failure in the post-recession era.

The Senior Education program is held each Monday at 10 a.m. in the Drake Community Library, with refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. This program is free and open to the public.

Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. Seniors needing transportation or special accommodations may call GRMC’s communications and development office at 641-236-2590 by the Thursday before the program.