oh lordy, where do i begin? i think prolly with the "oh woe is me, i'm in the first cohort this has ever happened to..."
from da OP
I have never known privilege, I thought was told, like many other young americans, that taking out huge loans to pay for college was the right thing to do, and that I would immediately get a job after school and pay it off for the rest of my life.
The the economy imploded on itself and that all became a lie. I'm all on my own now and have to make my own way, without help from my family or my government. I want to see the world even though I'm so poor that $300 a month for rent is obscene to me. I've seen too many 50 year old women at my shitty fast food jobs who wasted their lives believing that things would get better if they just stayed put.
listen, toots, you were warned about school loans, you just didn't listen. i know because my generation (X) was warned about excessive school loans. too, and it likely happened to the cohort the decade before me as well.
what was different for you? you were advised early and often that art/media/social sciences were high-investment, low-return careers long before you hit university. i didn't get that talk before i applied to school, but it didn't matter since I went engineering anyways. regardless, we were all advised to make a smart choice of majors, or else crushing loan debt would follow us for decades.
anecdote 1: over my time at college, i lived with 4 different guys who graduated in media/journalism programs. today: 1 sells insurance, 1 teaches history at a catholic high school, 1 is a carpenter and the last actually works for a publisher, but in elementary school book sales.
edit: now that i think about it, not one of the 4 of them took out any loans; their tuition was all paid for by their parents. I supposed that helped thm make their choices for major.
two, the myth of Gen Y as independent workers
Generation Y: They've arrived at work with a new attitude
They're young, smart, brash. They may wear flip-flops to the office or listen to iPods at their desk. They want to work, but they don't want work to be their life.
Get ready, because this generation — whose members have not yet hit 30 — is different from any that have come before, according to researchers and authors such as Bruce Tulgan, a founder of New Haven, Conn.-based RainmakerThinking, which studies the lives of young people.
Unlike the generations that have gone before them, Gen Y has been pampered, nurtured and programmed with a slew of activities since they were toddlers, meaning they are both high-performance and high-maintenance, Tulgan says. They also believe in their own worth.
"Generation Y is much less likely to respond to the traditional command-and-control type of management still popular in much of today's workforce," says Jordan Kaplan, an associate managerial science professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn in New York. "They've grown up questioning their parents, and now they're questioning their employers. They don't know how to shut up, which is great, but that's aggravating to the 50-year-old manager who says, 'Do it and do it now.' "
That speak-your-mind philosophy makes sense to Katie Patterson, an assistant account executive at Edelman Public Relations in Atlanta. The 23-year-old, who hails from Iowa and now lives with two roommates in a town home, likes to collaborate with others, and says many of her friends want to run their own businesses so they can be independent.
"We are willing and not afraid to challenge the status quo," she says. "An environment where creativity and independent thinking are looked upon as a positive is appealing to people my age. We're very independent and tech savvy."
This is complete and utter bullshit. They're about the furthest thing from independent thinkers. They were raised on consensus and group think. Not one of them will make a move if it doesn't poll well with their Facebook/Twitter crue. It's a very Asian style of thinking and I see it everywhere here.
What they are is "unafraid of making mistakes" because they think that they could not possibly be wrong in the first place.
Anecdote 2: I have a young female engineer working for me, 23 years old with a Ivy league engineering background. I asked her to revise a document for me, one in which I had made a mistake. She asked me about my mistake and I pointed out my own mistake as well as several of her own and told her, "Just fix it all." She ran back to her desk and proceeded to avoid me for 2 weeks. WTF?
Anecdote 3: I do a fair amount of work with the local universities, including teaching and mentoring engineering students on how to start their own companies. At a recent job fair, where I spoke to an auditorium group of about 300 people regarding opportunities in my industry. After, I had a ring of people around me asking questions. By far, the two most common questions were:
"How do I become an entrepreneur?"
"How do I become a manager in 3 years"
These were fresh graduates, mind you. Zero work experience. Aside from putting the cart before the horse, all of them somehow missed the part of my talk where I spoke of putting in 9 years of work, in entry and low-level jobs before working my way up to a point where I would actually have responsibility for a project, let alone manage other people.
Anecdote 4: I had a really bright and attractive local girl working for me a few years back. It was her first job out of school, although she had done an internship in the US for 9 months. She did good work and stayed for about 2 years before she went back for a "prestigious" exchange program. Before she left, I told her that she would be ready for mid-level engineering work, but not prepared for management responsibilities. She didn't listen. After that she came back to work through the university, trying to do my job for the university in a tech incubator program.
Now she begs me to give her help because she doesn't know what she's doing because she didn't stay in industry long enough and I give her little pity consulting work for free. It's a case of "I taught her everything she knows, but I didn't teach her everything I know".
tl;dr: despite making horrible, unrealistic choices, and then completely overestimating their own capabilities, the cherry on the top of the Gen Y shit sundae is that they want the rewards without putting in the work. as a result, I will have good career options until I am on my deathbed.
lol hilarious how Gen Xers certainly live up to their stereotype of being bitter assholes.
there's nothing bitter about it. gen Y thinks they're that smart. gen X has already been down that road and shakes their head that the entire of generation Y's claim to fame is that they can use an IPad.