Report: Search for meaning
They grew up as "digital natives". They know that the limitless freedom of the Internet is not everything.content
- Four o'clock in the morning
- Generation Y wants more than fun
- She wanted more than just job and free time
- Politics without a party
- Marie broke off her steep career
- The solution: independence
- Work without a boss
- Responsibility and resistance instead of the thirst for adventure
- Home and the love
- She wanted to pass on her knowledge to children
- Knowledge for all
Four o'clock in the morning
The basses are roaring, the dance floor is shaking. We will not go home for a long time. The clique meets outside. Who wants to move on? In the end everyone stays here, dancing to "Just Dance". It's a party night like almost every Saturday. On Sundays at two people meet for hangover breakfast.
What the "Sinnsucher" generation recommends and what they care about is shown here:
That's how it was every weekend. Going out was considered our religion. Today we put on the mountain shoes at five in the morning. And find the supercool. Hiking is no longer stale. It's about nature, not the only value we discover right now.
Generation Y wants more than fun
Anyone today between 20 and 30 years old wants more than fun. He wants more closeness in relationships. He wants more sense and self-determination in the job. He longs for home, intact environment. He does not want to stick to the glittering surface of life in search of sincerity, security and attachment.
"Generation Y" refers to those who were teenagers or younger around the Millennium years. What unites this generation? They are "digital natives" because they grew up with the Internet and mobile phones. That's what has taught young people: "Anything goes, " explains Philipp Riederle. The 19-year-old is considered a "Digital Native" expert and advises large companies. The Internet offers unlimited opportunities: "No suit carrier has to decide if I can publish a record or if I am in a great project."
But the variety of choices also leads to a change in values. Martina Gille of the German Youth Institute stated: "A generation that has never been part of a major protest action is just growing up. And she covets with supposedly stuffy values, "says Gille. Those who grew up with the boundless freedom of globalization want security, meaning and security. Four women tell what is important to them.
"The sense of life? Lived charity "
Claudia Reimers, 33, pharmacist from Berlin
Soon it will start, in a few weeks Claudia will be in the health camp. In the middle of the countryside in Nepal, 300 kilometers west of the capital Kathmandu, in a difficult to reach low mountain region. The Baglung district is one of the poorest parts of the world, the sanitary conditions and the supply of medicines are catastrophic.
Claudia will work with Nepali doctors and pharmacists to provide the locals with vaccinations and medicines at the health camp. She will also visit scattered health centers and train staff.
She wanted more than just job and free time
They expect: exhausting marches, simple camps, simple food, cold, poverty, illness. That's her way: "I'm really looking forward to the mission, my first abroad for pharmacists without borders, " says Claudia. About six years ago, she sensed that more had to happen in her life than just job and leisure time: "I missed real commitment, lived charity, " she says.
Many of her closest friends are doing something about animal welfare, ecological tourism or better climate policy. After a long trip to Asia three years ago, the 33-year-old knew where she wanted to go. She became a member of Apotheker ohne Grenzen. In Germany, she organized collecting actions for the various projects of her association, but she longed for more: "I want to learn while passing on my knowledge and skills, " she says.
|Dream assignment: Claudia goes to Nepal for pharmacists without borders. |
Both will be the case in Nepal. She will deal with a foreign culture and help others to help themselves: "For me, the purpose of my life lies in life itself, " says Claudia, "so I'm always on the lookout for insight and personal development."
Politics without a party
Young people do not feel like engagement? Not true, my experts. They are only looking for new ways instead of conventional party politics. They follow a different motivation: "We have found out that the younger generation is no less political. But she is not so interested in parties and their hierarchies. Young people want immediate, spontaneous and short-term support for actions such as the Occupy movement, "says researcher Martina Gille.
So: engagement yes! But only if you can move something yourself, the goal is clear and clear. Often the use is short-term and related to a specific project.
"I want to be self-determined and work for heart projects"
Marie Rienecker, 28, PR consultant from Hamburg
One-hour yoga at six o'clock in the morning. When the city is still asleep, Marie is watching the sun. Then she makes herself a lemon juice, having breakfast in silence. At eight o'clock, the 28-year-old sits at her desk in her own study. And that is just as set up and organized as she loves it.
"Now everything is going so well that I feel good, " says Marie. Only three years ago, she was employed by one of the most renowned PR agencies in Germany, working in a large office, fixed working hours, meetings and travel. Although she led an exciting life between chic office and exclusive clients from the luxury industry, she advised on press matters. But the work took her whole life.
Marie broke off her steep career
After five years, Marie was at a point where she wondered if she wanted to go on - and can. "The working hours were completely against my biorhythm. The agency was in the morning at ten o'clock start of work and at the earliest at seven. But if you're the most productive person in the morning and I like getting up at six in the morning, that's because of the substance, "says Marie. And all this just for money and glamor? She broke off the steep career and joined the public relations team of the Sternenbrücke Foundation.
The Hamburg Hospice cares for children and adolescents who are terminally ill - until their deaths. The association relies on donations. And so the 28-year-old took care of a professional external representation of the hospice from now on. Although she felt less alienated from work, she still was not at her destination: "I felt that I wanted to work independently and, as a freelancer, could do even more good with my craft."
The solution: independence
After a year, she quit again, went out on her own. Today, she also works as a lecturer, organizes yoga retreats, writes a book and at the same time supervises several projects "that are close to my heart - occasionally the Sternenbrücke, " says Marie.