The Entitled Generation

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  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog post here. It was very informative and I also digg the way you write! Keep it up and I’ll be back to read more in the future.

    thank you

  2. I know this is an older post but I feel compelled to comment anyway! First of all, I completely agree, so thank you. I am in my late 20’s and graduated college several years ago, so not sure if I fall into Generation Entitlement (I’m kinda hoping the answer is no… Ha).I do want to point out that I see a major difference between myself and my brother, who is still in his early 20’s and has at least 2 more years of school ahead, if not more.
    I strongly understood the concept of “paying my dues”. I was also fiercely independent and started babysitting in H.S. so I could have some of my own money. All throughout university, I worked part-time so that I wouldn’t have to depend on my parents for everything (I didn’t go away for school so still lived with them). Did I love working retail or menial restaurant jobs? No, of course not! But I *knew* it was par for the course while I was in school. I did work at some part-time jobs that I enjoyed more, but for the most part I realized that they were only temporary and that I’d just have to deal with it for the time being.I never quit a job without something else lined up. When it came time for me to find a “real” job after graduation, I accepted something that was not completely ideal, but hey, the pay and benefits were decent and I needed experience (and rent money so I could finally move out!!).
    Now, onto my brother: he has quit various part-time jobs because he’s “bored” of them and consequently, has spent summers lazing around because he thinks a “boring job at a bakery” or whatever, is beneath him. He now has a pretty decent job at a small restaurant but says he wants to leave soon because he’s not “learning anything”. Unbelievable! He thinks he will get accepted for an unpaid internship (which means at 22-23 he would be begging Mom and Pop for cash) with almost no valid course experience under his belt. I told him he has the rest of his life to work and “learn” and that now he has to pay his dues so to speak and “suffer” like so many of his did when we were younger, but all that falls on deaf ears. Very frustrating.I also recognized him in your blog post; he is absolutely the kid who thinks he will make it big right after college. I think he and others like him are in for a real surprise…
    We had a temp at the office last year who was the same age as my bro and had much the same attitude. She worked at a cosmetics counter part time but after just one year of schooling, she complained that she wanted a part-time job that was more “interesting” and “useful”. I think that’s such a priveleged and bratty attitude! I guess I’ll never understand.

    1. Thanks for the response. Your analysis through your own situation and experiences definitely underscores the situation with the current generation entering the workforce.

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