I recently read an interesting article at the New York Times online site titled: “American Dream Is Elusive for New Generation“. In that article it details the story of a college graduate. This story is different because the story is about a man who opted to turn down a well-paying entry-level place within an insurance company because he feels that it is beneath his education. I took a moment to let that sink in a bit. Working for almost 20 years in restaurant management, I have worked with four different generations of workers. The article above focuses in on the recent college grads, often called millenials.
I have worked with these kids since they were first able to enter our work force, at the age of 14 or 15 years of age. They all seem to share a major characteristic that other generations in the workforce have not. They have a very strong sense of entitlement. What I mean by that, is that these people feel that they shouldn’t have to start at the bottom, they feel that their education,skills, and connections should make up for any lack of experience they may have. It’s almost like they feel they are given whatever they want because they ask for it.
As these former teenage employees are now finishing college and attempting to enter the workforce, they are finding the road tough going. Of course this is not all their doing by being millenials. The economy is in the biggest implosion since the 30’s, and no respite from that appears in sight. However, rather than hunkering down and taking whatever they can get, many are choosing to wait it out and not search for a job at all. This generation seems to want to hit the home-run on their very first job out of college. I have to wonder what kind of impact this will have on the economy as the unemployment rate for recent college grads has already doubled since the beginning of this troubled economic period.
I don’t want anyone to think that this generation is a bunch of lazy freeloaders. I think this generation is perhaps one of the most intelligent, savvy, and dedicated I have worked with. I simply think that too many times they shoot themselves in the foot because they are constantly on the move trying to land that “perfect” job. Working your way up, and doing the proverbial paying your dues, helps a great deal as the career progresses. I think this has been lost on a generation that feels the need to question everything in their effort to understand the meaning behind every directive.
- How to encourage Millenial voters to vote? (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- College Grads Unprepared For Workplace, Study Says (huffingtonpost.com)
- Thin Lines Between Empowerment and Entitlement: Both are Necessary for a Good Career (thewriterbabeseries.com)
- Meet The Millenials: Well-Educated, In-Debt, Unemployed (huffingtonpost.com)
- This Y Generation thing is nonsense (accmanpro.com)