Born between 1980 and 1996? Congrats you’re a Millennial! If you fall into this category you might be tired of hearing the same questions and rants over and over again. Millennials are terrible, entitled, lazy, and a whole slew of negative adjectives. We’ve been given shit because we can’t make it afloat in today’s society. Here are my 4 top questions Millennials are tired of hearing.
“Why can’t you find a job? You must not be looking hard enough!”
Nowadays, it’s hard for people in our parents’ or grandparents’ generation that don’t understand the struggles of finding a job today. They’re part of the generation where you could walk into a store or company, hand them your resume and have a good chance of landing an interview or a job. Today things are far more complicated than that. Most jobs, even the entry level ones, want a few years of experience and most likely some sort of bachelor’s degree. And don’t get me started on benefits!
“In the past, you could get by with a high school degree and survive on your own, but that’s just not the case anymore, he said. The price of adulthood involve high education costs and housing costs that were previously not a barrier.”
And don’t get me started on benefits! My dad was absolutely baffled at the idea of PTO, or personal time off, instead of vacation days and sick days as separate entities. He had at least 4 weeks of just vacation days, where I barely get over 2 weeks overall. He is slowly understanding that pensions don’t exist unless you have some sort of government job or are really, really lucky.
There’s also a lack of people retiring. People are working longer into their lifespan, meaning that the turnover rate for generations is much lower. “Economists say it is derived from the growing percentage of people older than 55 who aren’t retiring, the displacement of jobs caused by computers, limited mobility and a lack of the types of skills that employers are seeking.”
So the next time someone over the retirement age asks you why you can’t find a job, consider asking them when they’re going to retire.
“Why are you still living with your parents?”
In an NBC news article, one woman who was highlighted tells her story about trying to find a job that covers just her basic bills, “Recently I was offered $500 a month, but I negotiated to $700 a month,” she said, adding that she thinks employers may be unwilling to offer better wages because they feel they can “exploit desperation.”
Even working a little above minimum wage, it’s still hard for me to juggle all of the bills that life provides. I had to recently move out of my current apartment to somewhere $100 higher in rent, will now pay the full electric bill, and try to stay on top of my student loans and extra health bills I get frequently. I barely come out with almost $200 left over to pay the electric bill each month, and I’m one of the lucky ones.
“You’re so lazy!”
Apparently not wanting to work minimum wage with a college degree, or even work for free in terrible internships with not prospects is considered lazy. People love to give us Millennials slack because they view us as glued to computers and smart phones, or others can’t see exactly how hard we actually work.
“So why are millennials bent on being workaholics? Even though the economy has improved markedly in recent years, young people in the workforce today have record levels of student loan debt. They are also less likely than previous generations to earn more than their parents, according to a Stanford University report. The percentage of children who are better off than their parents has dropped dramatically — 50 percent of those born in the 1980s have a higher standard of living than their parents, compared with 90 percent of those born in the 1940s.”
I spent over a year unemployed and in that time it was hard finding anything that would pay over $9.00 per hour and was a full-time job. Most places are now cutting jobs back into multiple part time jobs to prevent having to shell out benefits.
“You just want to be handed things.”
Matt Bors of Medium.com sums up things quite well in his article “Millennials Aren’t Lazy, They’re F@#!d”:
“Amid a group that’s supposed to be a bunch of entitled kids, all I see around me are young people juggling multiple jobs and unpaid internships while trying to blot their (trigger warning!) student debt from their minds.”
More often than not, most of us just want to be able to work 40 hours a week and be able to pay our bills. In the past, it’s even been possible to live on just one income per family. Today that’s not even remotely possible unless you marry someone extremely rich.
I don’t know about you, but I kind of hate being given things. Gifts can make me uncomfortable at times. Having to ask my parents for money if I’ve hit a tight spot makes me cringe. Even when I was unemployed I never went to a food bank or collected any other assistance other than unemployment.
Have any other things you’re tired of hearing from older generations? Want to vent about a recent encounter? Hit up the comments below!