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Title: Changes, Challenges, Choices


1
Changes, Challenges, Choices
  • Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator with your
    Millennial Students

2
Presentation Outline
  • Millennial students
  • MBTI
  • Using the MBTI with Millennial Students
  • Questions

3
Who are Millennials?
  • Generation c. 1982
  • Baby on Board generation
  • Ethnically diverse
  • Positive social habits
  • Wanted generation
  • Grown up with family values

4
Seven Distinctive Traits of Millennials
  • Special
  • Sheltered
  • Achieving
  • Confident
  • Conventional
  • Team Oriented
  • Pressured

5
Special
  • Protected
  • Earnest
  • Believed to solve world problems
  • Happy and confident
  • Strong friendship and family ties
  • Catered to by the media

6
Sheltered
  • Like spending time with parents
  • Often reluctant to leave home
  • Expect safe environment
  • Dawn of the helicopter parents

7
Confident
  • Confident in themselves and their peers
  • Optimistic
  • High levels of trust
  • Expect to get their ideal job
  • Unrealistic expectations

8
Conventional
  • Go with the group
  • Mixed feelings around individualism
  • Comfortable with parents values
  • Conventional view points
  • Like to be part of the crowd

9
Team Oriented
  • Value racial and ethnic diversity
  • Service and community oriented
  • Group learning
  • Cultural shift from I to We

10
Pressured
  • Need to make the grades to ensure college
    admittance
  • Yearn for a release of their pressures
  • Stressed, ambitious and sleep deprived
  • Constantly going and doing

11
Achieving
  • Smart
  • Enjoy school
  • Civic minded
  • Value leadership
  • Have much more homework

12
For Millennials.
  • The Soviet Union has never existed
  • They have known only two presidents
  • There has always been only one Germany
  • Smoking has never been permitted on airlines
  • They have always been searching for Waldo
  • They grew up with virtual pets to feed, water,
    and play games with

13
For Millennials
  • A coffee has always taken longer to make than a
    milkshake
  • Google has always been a verb
  • Milli Vanilli has never had anything to say
  • Reality shows have always been on TV
  • So as in Soooooo New York has always been a
    drawn out adjective modifying a proper noun,
    which in turn modifies something else

14
Theory of Type Development
  • Developed by Carl G. Jung
  • In born preferences
  • Psychological type
  • Behaviour orderly and consistent
  • Perception becoming aware
  • Judgment coming to conclusions

15
Type Activity 1
  • Write (or print) your name with your dominant
    hand
  • Write (or print) your name with your non-dominant
    hand
  • Discussion

16
Type Characteristics
  • Product of heredity and the environment
  • Lifelong process to gain greater command
  • Expression of type varies according to stages and
    life experiences
  • Dynamic not static

17
Development of the MBTI
  • Developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine
    Briggs
  • Based on Jungian theory
  • Sort individuals into type categories
  • Mental functions
  • Orientation of energy
  • Developed and refined over 50 years
  • 16 distinctive personality types

18
Personality Types
Extraversion (E) Introversion (I) Direct and get energy
Sensing (S) Intuition (N) Take in information
Thinking (T) Feeling (F) Make decisions
Judging (J) Perceiving (P) Organizing the external world
19
Es in College
  • Rely on activity
  • Use dominant process in external world
  • Think best while talking
  • Learn best in groups
  • Difficulty sitting in front of a book for long
    periods
  • Need frequent breaks
  • Value active experience
  • Use trial and error

20
Is in College
  • Need quiet time
  • Think best when alone
  • More comfortable with teacher centered/lecture
    based instruction
  • Think before they act
  • May go unappreciated
  • Plan extensively

21
Ss in College
  • Concrete aspects of the here and now
  • Master facts and details
  • Put to use what they learn
  • Practical and realistic
  • Like clear and concise directions
  • Want to learn skills or procedures and perfect
    them
  • Do not need a lot of variation

22
Ns in College
  • Seek general impressions
  • Want to master theories and concepts
  • Impatient with routine and structure
  • Prefer open ended assignments
  • Reluctant to observe details and learn facts

23
Ts in College
  • Like clearly presented set of performance
    criteria
  • Need logical reasons for completing tasks
  • Thought process is rule based
  • Make decisions based on reasons
  • Concentrate on content rather than process
  • May come to points too quickly

24
Fs in College
  • Put what they learn to work for people they are
    concerned about
  • Motivated when hearts are in their work
  • Unless given personal encouragement, may find
    tasks boring and unrewarding
  • Hierarchy of values
  • Expressive talk

25
Js in College
  • Gauge academic progress by accomplishments
  • Prefer structured learning environment
  • Take pleasure in accomplishing tasks
  • Overachievers
  • Viewed as organized and motivated

26
Ps in College
  • Depend less on accomplishing tasks to feel
    comfortable
  • View learning as freewheeling and flexible
  • Feel imprisoned in highly structured classroom
  • Tend to over commit themselves
  • May delay closure

27
Using the MBTI with Millennial Students
  • May need help with time management for the future
    due to immediate pressures
  • Have unrealistic expectations of job potential
    and entrance levels
  • Many have 5 and 10 year plans
  • View of success is based on having a career they
    love that allows them to lead a balanced life

28
MBTI and Millennials
  • Highly organized, many having day planners since
    they were in kindergarten
  • More students are achieving an A average making
    the occasional B or C seem like a penalty
  • Computers arent technology
  • Learn the Nintendo way of doing things versus
    through logic

29
Dealing with Helicopter Parents
  • Kids are more supervised
  • Spending more quality time with parents
  • Families do things together
  • Parents are disciplining their children
  • Parents are often post-secondary graduates
  • Parents are overly involved in education

30
  • Questions?

31
  • For more information, please feel free to contact
    me
  • Heather Doyle
  • Coordinator, Academic Advising
  • Lakehead University
  • (807)346-7916
  • hdoyle_at_lakeheadu.ca

32
References
  • Briggs Myers, I. McCaulley, M.H., et.al. (1998).
    MBTI manual (Third Edition). CPP, Inc.
    California.
  • Howe, N. Strauss, W. (2000). Millennials rising
    the next great generation. Vintage Books New
    York.
  • Provost, J.A Anchors, S. (2003). Using the MBTI
    instrument in colleges and universities. Center
    for Applications of Psychological Type
    Gainesville, Fl.
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