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Newsflash: Millennials Aren’t Ready for Real Life

I gotta wonder why anyone would consider this news. Apparently, snowflake millennials are having trouble existing on their own, so they wind up quitting school and living in mom and dad’s basement, and NBC is right on top of that exclusive!

In 2015, one-third or about 24 million young adults, ranging from 18 to 34, lived with their parents, according to the report.

“Living in an independent household is expensive and the ability to do so hinges, in part, on young adults’ economic resources as well as the costs of rent and home-ownership,” the report stated.

While 81 percent of those who live at home are either working or going to school, one in four between 25 to 34 are “idle, meaning they are not in school and do not work” the report stated.

You know what I did while going to school full time at Johns Hopkins? I also worked full time in a retail store. I started at minimum wage, and worked my way up to assistant store manager. Eventually, I became a bartender and waitress. Tips were good. I worked every night, studied at work when I could, and picked up 10-12 hour shifts at the restaurant on the weekends. No, I didn’t get much sleep during those days, but I also didn’t expect to have a lavish lifestyle. I ate at work when I could. I lived with my significant other at the time, and our weekly food budget bought us basics – some frozen vegetables, some meat, milk, and cereal. I brought home leftovers when possible. My parents gave us a couple of old pieces of furniture. A mattress and box spring, which we placed on the floor, an old, rickety table for two with two chairs, an old ottoman which acted as a couch, and an old television set. I did my homework on an old word processor on a cardboard box that acted as a desk.

My dad co-signed for a used car. I had a car payment and insurance. I paid them. It wasn’t a great car. It was a practical one.

After I left college, I realized that I hadn’t learned skills applicable in the real world. I bartended for a while, but ultimately decided to enlist in the Army, where I learned a marketable skill and gained the experience I needed to eventually get a job in the private sector.

My son is in the Army Reserves. He gets a monthly paycheck as long as he goes to drill. He pays for his car and his insurance. Before joining his unit, he had what was called a job. He worked at Starbucks, and while I helped when I could, I was in dire economic straits myself thanks to the fiasco with hell tenants two years ago, so he did with what he had.

Yes, the job market is different, but you know what? Snowflakes need to learn to adjust and stop expecting that they will immediately get hired into a corner office with a six-figure salary. Yes, it’s a different work environment, and they need to figure out not only what they want to do, but what the market is offering.

Guess what, snowflake! That degree in gender studies isn’t going to translate into a well-paying job once you leave the cozy cocoon of academia.

That thesis you wrote in cishetero oppression of indigenous pygmies in the Seychelles isn’t going to get you very far in today’s job market.

You need ingenuity. You need flexibility. You need the ability to reason, not just blame the world for not handing you what you think you deserve.

Colleges and universities are definitely not preparing students for the real world. They’re giving class credit for “activism” (read: skipping school to protest perpetual grievances that underscore their impression that nothing is ever their fault, and that their specialness should be recognized and honored by all). They’re providing endless validation to whining harpies, who are interminably offended about the world not genuflecting before their inadequacies and legitimizing complaints about alleged “mistreatment” at the hands of oh-so-evil professors who had the unmitigated gall to demand class attendance for grades!

They’re pumping out witless, entitled, unprepared, whining ass cakes, who lack self awareness and are overflowing with supercilious, gratuitous arrogance, and who wonder why no one will hire them.

Maybe that’s a big part of the reason why millennials are having a rough time?

Or maybe they just like their parents basements.

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33 responses

  1. Oh, boy. I quit college because I wanted to work. My parents were appalled. But I found work and I was working as a student in medical photography for about 18 months, not earning a lot, but at least working. When my 21st birthday hit, I went to the recruiter’s office and signed up, because I wanted OUT of the cocoon of M & D telling me what they thought I should do with my life. Believe me when I say that they were the snowflakes of their generation. They both had STUFF in their heads. My sister left home before I did to get her MS and doctorate, and now teaches pre- med students. I left as soon as the Navy would take me. I could NOT WAIT to get out on my own.

    I do not understand these whiny spoiled brats who can barely figure out how to use a fork and knife, never mind do laundry, but when I was still in the work world I would constantly run into young people who worked 3 to 5 jobs because they wanted their independence.

    My local paper ran an article last week about the next generation after the Millenials (the XGens?) who are bright, driven, ambitious, organized, definitely not slackers, who are working on their baccalaureate degrees while in high school, and who are doing internships now, being courted now by companies that want to hire them and will even give them tuition assistance. They are mostly in high school now, but they are the future and they aren’t getting degrees in weaving basket nests for orioles or ‘how to roll a better toke’. They are leaving the idiot Millenials in the dust. And no, they don’t want to live with Mom and Dad, any more than I did.

    Don’t give up, Nicki. There’s always a slacker generation and it’s replaced by a better group. We had the Beat Generation and hippies, who quickly found out that if you want to eat, you have to work.

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    1. I am really really not certain that this is in any way representable. After all, millenials are not all slackers either. I know quite a few peers at my university who are working part-time jobs with extremly reputable large corporations, sucessfully starting their own start-up company, spend their hollydays with internships at Big-name business.
      Now….is there a huge sampling bias? Yep. I am attending one of germanys to most reputable and hardest-to-get-into med-schools.
      It could be that the phenomenon is worse in america, but honestly, i do not think so. You will always finde show cases of all types of people in any generation. So trying to write an article about the character of a generation who is still in highschool mostly is….difficult.

      We will have to wait for the statistical data.

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      1. But that’s exactly what the article is saying. Not only that, but while everyone has their own issues and story, and there are certainly legitimate cases in which recent grads can’t find good employment – for whatever reason – fact is they largely ARE incapable of adjusting. There’s no data that will bore that out, but judging from the stories told in the article, and from what I’m personally seeing out there, these people are largely unable/unwilling to adjust fire and do what needs to be done to survive on their own – especially since they have the parent safety net.

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        1. Sorry Nicki, i agree with your post. I was mostly responding to Saras assessment, that the next generation will be better off, because there are clear examples among them.

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      2. The Millenials generally refers to people who were born in the late 1990s or a little earlier. The next generation, born AFTER 2000, were the young people I was referring to. They are not the slackers that Nicki is discussing. I did refer to an article in my local newspaper about this, and I should add that there was another this week about a 16-year-old girl who is completing high school and has already finished her BS and MS and is working on her doctorate. Those are the driven, bright, motivated people who are outpacing the previous generation, and yes, there are 30-year-olds who teach yoga and live in their parents’ basement. They also get featured in the paper, as if they’re doing something wonderful when they aren’t.
        Frankly, I think it’s the slackers who are giving everyone a bad name when there are plenty of people who are NOT like that. As I said, my parents were in the ‘snowflake’ category in their generation (the Depression era), both intellectual snobs and both utterly dismayed that I not only wanted to work instead of going to college, I also wanted to join the military.

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        1. I know what you were trying to say. My Point is this: i am in the milennial generation myself ( early twentys now) and i know that there are Quite a few examples of intelligent, competent, ambitious People like those featured in your articles in my generation. The 2000+ Generation is still in Highschool. And a few noticeable examples are not good indicators on how they will perform at large.
          That is all i was trying to say.

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  2. BillyBob Texas | Reply

    Yep. Watching some of the shenanigans going on at the Universities……..what the hell are they teaching there – that will be ANY good for living in the REAL world and getting a REAL job…..???

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    1. There are quite a few universities now, where if I saw their names on resumes while I was hiring, those resumes would go in the trash. The applicant might be good, but… that’s the university they bought a degree from.

      For the poor bastards who got their degrees before their schools were fully converged, I suggest a class-action lawsuit.

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      1. Now i am interested…which unis specifically? And for all degrees?

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    2. Found this and thought it relevant to your comment.

      http://thefederalist.com/2015/04/29/the-paradox-of-dogma-how-the-left-is-crippling-itself/

      I wonder if there are still universities that aren’t afraid to teach their students?

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  3. After dropping out of college I worked two jobs, usually one full time and one part time, and lived with another guy in a 2-bedroom apartment who was still getting his degree. A couple of years later I picked up a full-time non-benefited job at the University and worked there and at the convenience store full time for a year. At the end of that year I not only was in my own 2-bedroom apartment by myself, but I had all of my debts paid off except for the used vehicle I bought. By the time I got engaged a couple of years later I had parlayed my experience with the University job into a better paying job and was completely debt free.

    Did it suck donkey balls working 80 hr weeks? Yup. And I complained about it at times as well. But it was worth the effort to get to where I wanted to be. I remember some of my former classmates complaining that they didn’t have as nice of a vehicle or a house of their own after college like their parents had. I was like, “Dude, you’re 23 and just starting out. You’re parents have been working since before you were born to get what they have today.” I think too many people get caught up in comparing themselves to everyone else, and forget the context of how those people got there.

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    1. And you just hit the old nail on the head. I see that a lot! Kids that don’t like what they can afford. They want to be able to afford the house they grew up in NOW. Life doesn’t work that way, kiddo. My first place out of my mom’s house was an eight foot by twenty-four foot travel trailer. And I was excited to have it because it wasn’t home. Oh, I loved my Momma and had no issues with her but I wanted to be on my own. I just don’t understand the mindset.

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  4. Part of the program is the school system, which for years has been telling every Special Snowflake(tm) that “blue collar” work is for losers, and they should start off as an assistant manager at the very least. So they go out into the world expecting to start on the second tier.

    Some employers have wised up. A friend’s daughter works at a fast food place. She’s an assistant manager. That’s the lowest rung, because *all* of the employees are “managers” of some sort or the other.

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    1. Hit the nail square on the head.

      When I was in high school, trade schools (or VOTECH as it was known) was portrayed as the place where you went if you were a juvenile delinquent or if your grades weren’t good enough to get into college. Even community college was looked down upon as someplace you only went if you couldn’t “make it” at a “real school.”

      We were told that we *had* to go to college if we wanted a “real job,” and that if we didn’t, we’d spend the rest of our lives sweeping floors, flipping burgers, etc.

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      1. Same here. Votech was for losers. Which even then I thought was a pity. There were lots of people I knew in HS who had no interest in school, and would have loved to get a technical apprenticeship and a paying job at the age of fifteen or sixteen … instead of sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher drone on, like Ben Stein as the boring history teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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      2. The high school I went to had VOTECH classes for two years. Kids were coming out of HS with completed courses and licensure in plumbing, electrician, etc. They don’t seem to do that anymore.

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    2. When I started high school I signed up for “General Shop” because I wanted to learn that type of thing. The first day when I received my class schedule, I noticed I had a double study hall period scheduled instead of the shop class I wanted. I went to my “counselor”, who in no uncertain terms told me “Shop is for dummies, and you’re going to college!”.

      I went home that day crushed, and told my Mom, who looked at me and said “Wait until your Father gets home”. I was never happy to hear her say that, but this time I was.

      My Dad was a Tool and Die Maker, and he was livid when I repeated what the “counselor” told me. He called the school and made an appointment that night to see him.

      The next day I had my shop class, and the “counselor” looked like he was ready to chew nails when he called me in to his office to give me my new schedule.

      My Dad had been a Sea Bee, and knew the value of knowing the kinds of things I’d learn in shop class. So even through I went to college and became an Engineer, I learned things in shop class that served me very well for the rest of my life.

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      1. Now there you go.

        I wonder–speaking of engineering–if the academic rot of uselessness has penetrated too far into that. I’m sure it has, some. But is a civil engineering degree or an electrical engineering degree useless today too like much of the humanities?

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  5. I worked in a newsroom with young journalists, years ago. I remember one such snowflake coming in, on her first day, with a list of days she needed off!

    On my first day, I had a TON of pens with me. I was afraid I would lose them, not be able to write something down, and get fired for not being prepared.

    Times do change, but not always for the better!

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    1. Well, at least she wasn’t demanding the company change its dress code to accomodate her wardrobe…

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  6. I agree that *my* generation is more than a little bit fucked up, but I would also argue that a large part of the blame should be placed on the generation that raised us. They are the ones who raised their children to be weak snowflakes, while simultaneously tanking the world’s economy and making it damn near impossible for most of us to reach the same milestones our parents did. I’ve heard many people from your generation talk about how they put themselves through school while working minimum wages jobs so they wouldn’t be under a mountain of debt at graduation. Nowadays, that’s physically impossible due to the fact that minimum wage hasn’t increased at the same rate as the cost of living or rate of tuition to a decent university. An average college student (who doesn’t have parental hookups to well paying jobs) would have to work 24/7 to survive and pay for school. Not likely to graduate at all under those circumstances.
    I loathe dick-twiddling, sensitive snowflakes. No one is entitled to anything and you have to earn your keep, but my generation did get dry fucked in the ass.
    As for the “safe space” bullshit, I hate it too. People need to grow thicker skins. However, this generation didn’t raise themselves. Their parents were the ones who would go to school and yell at the teacher for giving their precious little fuckwits a B- and rally to get coaches fired for not letting their porkballs play starting quarterback. On the other hand, people are fighting for some things that are actually important, like equality. Making sure that cops can’t get away with killing innocent people because of the color of their skin, or fighting for my right to marry and not get fired when my employer learns of my sexuality. There are things that need to change. I want to bitch slap many of the “activists” I’ve met because they’re whiny little cockwagons, but they’re not completely wrong.
    I’ll get off my soapbox now. Hopefully autocorrect didn’t do anything too weird because I don’t feel like proofreading it.

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    1. Definitely you’ve got a point. A good part of it does belong on the parents’ shoulders.

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  7. So never correcting kids to protect their “self esteem” and hovering over them to protect the little dears from the least hint of failure produces entitled, useless, overgrown children? Whodathunkit?

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    1. Well, gosh. I’m shocked too.

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  8. I 100% agree, Nicki. My wife and I have just about had it with the Millennials in our respective workplaces.

    She’s an executive chef at a private club. She works 60-hour weeks, sometimes multiple 14-hour days in a row. She goes to work when injured or ill, because if she doesn’t go, her absence will negatively impact a client’s wedding/party/whatever. I can’t recall her taking a sick day in the last year or two.

    The Millennials at her work (mostly service staff) think they deserve $25/hour. They think that it’s okay if they’re late to work, or don’t show up at all, or call in sick because they “feel icky.” They have a meltdown if their schedule conflicts with their weekend party plans. They have a meltdown if their performance is criticized in any way. They think it’s okay to routinely request to leave work early. They think the management (my wife included) are horrible bitches for expecting them to show up on time, properly groomed, ready to work to the end of their scheduled shift.

    I do quality auditing for a financial institution’s phone operations. I listen to recorded or live calls and submit my feedback. I’m not a monster about rules. If a particular rule doesn’t make sense in the context of a given call, I bend or omit that rule, within reason. I audit their file work and point out errors, some of which may impact the company, customer, or both. I go out of my way to be diplomatic, and on every evaluation I send out, I applaud what the person does well in order to soften the blow of the criticism.

    With the Millennials, it doesn’t matter. I’m a horrible ogre because I don’t laud their perfection with my every breath. Every single markdown will be vigorously contested. For each error on a file audit, there is a corresponding excuse. Some of these Millennials have literally wept upon receiving feedback that doesn’t acknowledge that they’re wonderful in everything they do. Others have pitched yelling, screaming tantrums. In one memorable instance, one of them threatened me with physical violence.

    Now of course this isn’t ALL Millennials. There are hardworking, mature Millennials out there, and there are people of other generations who engage in these behaviors. In my experience, though, it seems like Millennials are FAR more prone to being worthless slackass crybabies who simply can’t function as actual adults.

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  9. While you can fault the parents to a certain extent, that in no way excuses the young people from acting like adults. We all know the stories of the person who pulled themselves up from poverty, away from the drug abusing parent, or away from the sexual abuse, to go on to lead productive lives through the strength of their own character. So while bad parenting is one issue that can hold people back, it can never be used as an excuse for laziness. We all have had things happen to us in our past that, if we allowed, would have driven us off track. The high cost of college is a totally different topic altogether. When the government guarantees that the bank will get all of it’s money from loans for college, then the banks don’t care how credit worthy the student is, and simply loans whatever the student asks for. In turn, the colleges see a cash cow, and keep raising tuition and building the next Taj Mahal. Until some part of the equation changes, then college costs are going to continue to rise.

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    1. Broadly speaking, a primary factor between success and failure in the face of adversity is the ability to recognize the cause of the situation and learn how to adapt, overcome, and move on. Sadly, many people choose the easier path- Hide behind a flimsy shield of the many reasons why life isn’t fair and they can’t be expected to do certain things. That’s the quickest way to lose any respect from me, however the fact remains that my generation (born 1989) grew up during an insanely rapid technological leap while being told that we were all fucking bright and shiny stars, and then the mistakes of our parents/grandparents plunged the world’s economy into a giant shithole exactly when we signed on a dotted line (2008), staking our futures on overpriced paper. Some people haven’t found a way to stand up since. I’d probably still be on my knees if I hadn’t been able to sign another dotted line.
      On a related note, who the fuck decided that 17 year olds should decide what they’re doing for the rest of their lives, and then take (at least) tens of thousands of dollars in loans and hope it all goes as planned? Why isn’t there a mandatory gap, in which children can learn to be adults and come up with realistic, practical life plans?

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      1. BillyBob Texas | Reply

        Jen….”who decides..?’ Well, certainly NOT the government! You want EVERY kid pulled away from the parents/life/whatever and thrown into a ‘mandatory gap’ of a couple years doing whatever some inane Bureaucrat decides what YOUR kid should do? Or maybe just let that same 17 year old decide…????Whaaaaaaaat?

        MANDATORY is the wrong word – and sounds like you are a statist, where THEY decide what is best for your – and all kids…….NAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH.
        Your thoughts are good. Most 17 yrs olds have little to no idea what they want……but let’s come up with something besides ME, working in a Government Office, deciding what YOUR kid has to do. Drop the word MANDATORY – and I’m with ya’ !!

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        1. “Mandatory” was the wrong word choice. However, any student who takes a gap year is at a disadvantage in the current system and as long as it remains standard to go straight to college, then most students will continue to take the plunge immediately for fear of being left behind. It’s just a shitty situation all around.
          And the 17 year olds aren’t generally making the decision to go straight to college alone. Their parents/school pressure them for 12 years into these clearly defined pathways- “smart kids” have to go straight to universites, and “everyone else” goes either to community college/tech school or enlist. (Any time I expressed interest in anything other than going straight to a 4-year university and pursuing a high-paying job, I had 15 people jumping down my throat.)

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  10. I think it really depends on 1) the person … and well, that’s it really. Because you can be poor. You can have a shit set of parents. You can have a craptastic background that could involve multiple murders and crippling poverty. The person who has the will, desire and ability to get themselves out of horrible situations can build something that’s better for them. They might not always be the next multibillionare, but they might be able to build a life where they are independent, living securely financially and can look forward to old age without worry.

    But I think sometimes, the snowflakes are upset they don’t have those Tragic Circumstances to… ‘draw’ upon – never mind that the same horrible circumstances that served as someone else’s background probably would have broken them simply because they aren’t strong enough as people to get through those personal Hells.

    Or, someone else who has the same background and then doesn’t make good uses those backgrounds as excuses WHY they didn’t do well…

    So they make up stuff and blame everyone else for something they could have fixed with themselves, for themselves, if they were honest with themselves. Since that’s something they neither are willing to do or work with, well, their illusions shatter against the hard rocks of reality.

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  11. Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the a1uthor. There is no fee, I’m simply trying to add more content diversity for our community and I liked what you wrote. If “OK” please respond via email.

    Autumn
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  12. […] have to wonder why students seem to be doing little to no market research. As I mentioned in a previous post, we have snowflakes who are incapable of functioning in the real world, because to their utter […]

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  13. Why the hell are people of all generations so damn unimaginative? Im a millenial whos been escorting for 7 years. I consider it a small business. Due to legal technicalities, I cant hire others, or else I would! I make amazing money. I invest money in the stock market as well as into my appearance. You know those celebrities that never age? I am like that. Im 33 and look 23. If I choose I can escort til im 65, while investing my extra money. If I quit escorting to start a small business, I have several ideas. The ability to hire others would allow for more income than escorting alone. Yet most people just want to be EMPLOYEES and Ive never understood that. Youre just cheap labor for people like me lol.

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