I keep hearing older people saying that Generation Y, the millennials, don’t stand a chance, and I always disagreed. But when I think about the reality of the situation, and I look at facts, and I read surveys, I start to think that it’s possible and quite likely that they are correct. However, I don’t think that it is at all our fault. We were raised being given trophies for participation and told that we’re “unique” and “special”, and while I do think to some degree that we all have unique traits and strengths, I feel like the world we were raised in is completely different from the world that we’re living in now as adults. The economy h become global and the job market has become globally competitive. So we’ve been raised to think of ourselves as participants rather than competitors, which make finding good, lasting jobs in a globally competitive workplace very difficult for us as a generation. We’ve lived in the shadow of 2 major wars, witnessed the failure of 3 major institutions (banking, education, and political), and lived in a time of severe economic crisis. Government regulations have cause teachers to teach for exams rather than provide us with critical thinking and problem solving skills that are crucial in the workplace. The age of artificial intelligence make it near impossible for college graduates to find jobs in the fields that they’ve studied, so we have a huge number of college graduated who are over educated, underemployed, and underpaid with massive amounts of student loan debt that they have no way out of. Older generations have failed to create policies, failed to initiate entitlement reform, and are shifting all of those burdens to our generation.
So in part, I agree. Our generation really doesn’t stand a chance. But IT IS NOT OUR FAULT. We’ve been dealt a shit hand. But by some miracle, we, as a generation, have remained optimistic for the future. And I think that speaks volumes about our resilience.