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Entitlement…

In Accounting & Finances, Business, Culture on December 26, 2013 by Sufen Wang Tagged: , , , , , , ,

entitlement_is_important_to_your_b2b_messagingThe Entitlement Generation: Success is NOT Guaranteed

Entitlement is defined as “having a right to something and/or the amount to which a person has a right.”  Note that the key phrase is “having a right” to something – not “having to earn the right.”

urlSeveral comments from my accounting students had prompted me to ponder the word “Entitlement.”  When I asked one student what his 5-year goal was, he replied, “To be a Chief Financial Officer.”  Ah, a very aggressive goal from someone who never showed up to class on time, missed over 22% of classes, could not find his textbook for two weeks, and who hardly turned in any homework assignments and projects. But he was also one of my smartest students who grasped accounting concepts almost immediately.

j01186631My response to him was, “How about you locate your accounting book and try to pass my class first?!”  He laughed with a hint of embarrassment. (Maybe this means there is a glimmer of hope for him?!) He ended up receiving a low D – not due to a lack of knowledge on the subject matter, but instead due to his lack of assignment completions, projects, and attendance. Sadly, this “D” will follow him for a long time.

Students do not understand that their Grade Point Average (GPA) is their resume as they accumulate actual job placements and experiences.  A “D” in an upper division course in one’s specific field will hinder a job seeker’s chance of competing with his peers.  Again, unfortunately because he assumed his “smarts” entitled him to a free pass in terms of class requirements, my student acted unwisely and did not advance well in his pursuit of his college degree.

Entitlement3Another case of assumed entitlement happened last year when one of my business major students came to class saying exasperatedly, “I’ve been filling out job applications for the last week and every opening requires that I have 3 to 5 years of experience in my field. How the heck am I going to get that?”  Ah, perhaps there should be an App where you can download 3 to 5 years of experience instantaneously, and voila! it’s added to one’s resume. 

good_study_habitsThese are sad examples of what our young (future) generation of college students is dealing with. They feel that simply because they’re going to school, they are entitled to jobs for which they have made no effort to prepare – on an educational level and/or on an on-the-job work experience level.  If only they would shut down that video they’ve been playing day and night and instead pick up the textbooks, do the work, and put in the time. Then, and only then, will they have a “chance” to reach their career goals!

Sufen Wang, M.S.Accountancy
Wang Solutions, Long Beach, CA (562) 856-0793
Editor: Hannah Huff, M.F.A. Creative Writing: Poetry, (626) 806-5805

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