People Want to Help the World, But They Want to Be Recognized for It
Monday, February 26, 2018
It’s never a great idea to paint an entire cohort with a broad brush, especially when it comes to the frequent punching bags that are millennials. But according to a recent study, millennials want the same thing as everyone else — recognition for their work, even when it comes to saving the world.
Researchers from England’s Anglia Ruskin University sought to explore that idea further. The researchers tried to figure out what factors would compel 300 undergraduates taking social entrepreneurship courses to want to pursue a career in the space. It turns out that it wasn’t only empathy and simply wanting to do good in the world that inspired them.
The students were interviewed twice, several weeks apart about their concerns and goals. The researchers found that not all the students who expressed empathy and a wish to better the world wanted to become a social entrepreneur. But the members of the group that intended to pursue that career had a confidence that they would make a difference and a desire to feel valued by the people they would be helping.
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