If only getting a job was anywhere near as easy as it were back then. These “grandpas” and baby boomers still have this mentality of “gumption and bootstraps.”
“Just walk right in there and shake the boss’s hand and he’ll hire you.” That’s an ancient way of getting jobs, so far removed from the current way. The current way is:
1. Go in establishment and ask for a job.
2. Employees say “fuck off and apply online.”
3. Fill out a personality test online, the entire online process takes at least 1 hour.
4. You never hear back from said establishment, repeat step 1 ad nauseam.
This is where Train Me Don’t Blame Me comes in. If the “grandpa” in the Onion video were hiring today, would he follow the same principles that landed HIM the job? If someone entered his office uninvited and shook his hand and said “I don’t have a fancy degree, but I do have a willingness to learn,” would HE hire this person on the spot?
The answer is “no” for most American employers. They are not willing to train me, and instead blame me for a lack of experience and fancy degrees.
Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Do you want to know why Millennials seem so angry? We promised them that if they worked hard, stayed out of trouble and got good grades that they would be able to achieve the “American Dream”. We told them not to worry about accumulating very high levels of student loan debt because there would be good jobs waiting for them at the end of the rainbow once they graduated. Well, it turns out that we lied to them. Nearly half of all Millennials are spending at least half of their paychecks to pay off debt, more than 30 percent of them are living with their parents because they can’t find decent jobs, and this year the homeownership rate for Millennials sunk to a brand new all-time low. When you break U.S. adults down by age, our long-term economic decline has hit the Millennials the hardest by far. And yet somehow we expect them to bear the burden of providing Medicare, Social Security and other social welfare benefits to the rest of us as we get older. No wonder there is so much anger and frustration among our young people. The following are 24 reasons why Millennials are screaming mad about our unfair economy… #1 The current savings rate for Millennials is negative 2 percent. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only aren’t Millennials saving any money, they are actually spending a good bit more than they are earning every month. #2 A survey conducted earlier this year found that 47 percent of all Millennials are using at least half of their paychecks to pay off debt. #3 For U.S. households that are headed up by someone under the age of 40, average wealth is still about 30 percent below where it was back in 2007. #4 In 2005, the homeownership rate for U.S. households headed up by someone under the age of 35 was approximately 43 percent. Today, it is sitting at about 36 percent.
24 Reasons Why Millennials Are Screaming Mad About America’s “Unfair” Economy
Technological unemployment is going to be a real issue coming up for our generation. Millions of jobs will be gone forever due to automation, unless our generation handles this problem, then I can see massive poverty in store for generation Y. Most of generation Y will simply “sit around” while jobs are automated.
Why did AT&T make such an elitist commercial like this? It expresses exactly the types of elitist “I will never train anyone, fuck you.” attitudes of the hiring class and the frustrations of the young trying to get jobs.
A rock fan asks an AT&T employer if he is hiring and the employer smugly asks him if he knows how to optimize a 9 beam multibeam antenna system. And then after the fan says “no” the employer basically tells him to fuck off.
Companies like AT&T aren’t even hiding it anymore. They make it clear that they are unwilling to train people and take a chance on the young. This is the reason why there is so much unemployment in America, because of all this elitism and and unwillingness to train and take my generation seriously.
Browsing through the Craiglist job section of Stockton and Lodi, you really begin to see a lot of unreasonable demands placed on job seekers. Too many positions expect an “alphabet soup” of qualifications. These employers are like kids in a toy store looking for that special action figure that has every feature they want.
“Ooh my perfect employee has to have an HVAC certification, and then they have to have a BIT! And then an ASE! And then a DOT! AND THEIR OWN TOOLS AND TRUCK!”
This is where my principles of “Train me Don’t Blame Me” come in. It shouldn’t take an alphabet soup of qualifications to get a job. Getting all the above qualifications can take years off of a man’s life and thousands of dollars. Americans need to train each other once again. Its not reasonable, not ethical, and not American to expect so many demands and an alphabet soup of qualifications just to get a job which could and should be trained for by the employer.
Every generation likes to believe that it came of age at an especially trying moment in history. Millennials have the Great Recession to lament. Gen X had the dotcom bust. The Boomers had Vietnam. And the Silents had the early Cold War, complete with the not-so-silly threat of nuclear war.
But at least when it comes to the job market, I think we can all agree by now that today’s young adults are deserving of at least a few extra pity points. And should there be any doubt, here’s a wonderful, one-chart demonstration of why from a new Pew report. At every education level, the 25- to 32-year-olds of 2013 confronted a higher unemployment rate than past generations did when they were stepping into the workforce. And keep in mind, that’s 2013—four years after the economy was supposed to have started mending.
I can hear your objections. The Silent Generation grew up in the Great Depression, and even after WWII great swaths of the country were still beset by agrarian poverty most of us can barely imagine today. Too true. The late 1970s clearly weren’t a picnic, and to top it off you had to listen to Kansas on the radio. Truly unfortunate. Gen X would look a whole lot less fortunate if that chart showed the unemployment rate in 2002 instead of 1995. So right!
Being young has never been a financial cakewalk. Still, consider this chart something to clip and save for the next time someone writes a column about why so many kids today seem to live in their parents’ basements.
Or, if you prefer, you could bust out this little table. According to Pew, not that many more Millennials are living at home compared to recent generations—just 15 percent, versus 12 percent of young Boomers in 1986. God, kids those days.