Raj Koothrappali"Big or small, I don't like rabbits. They always look like they're about to say something, but they never do."
I'm not so sure that millennials are struggling to find jobs. We are the most educated, most employable generation to exist in terms of skill sets. I personally have up and quit jobs simply because I wanted to move to another city because I was bored. Income had no impact on that decision (often times I will go from making more to making less then to making more again none of which impacts my decision to quit or stay).
What is happening is that many millennals do not view employment as previous generations did. The average time with a company or entity these days is less than 4 years and that's even when things are going great that entire time. Millennials do not emphasize income as the sole scale of life happiness. Many of my friends simply tell their boss after a year or two that they're moving to another city not over pay but because they feel like it.
Employment loyalty is a thing of the past both among employees and employers. The jobs market is extremely fluid naturally so. It is almost unheard of, even for the top of their field, to stay with a company more than 3-4 years now.
Quality of life is more important to Millennials than income. I'd rather make $75k and live in Austin Texas than make $95k and live in Houston Texas (humidity oh my god awful + the girls of ATX).
Last edited by Ryan5; 06-14-15 at 03:36 PM.
It is easy to say at 20-30 years old "quality of life matters to me more than material things," but wait until you have kids in high school and someone in your family has medical expenses and you're trying to save for retirement and the kids' college while paying for all of the various bills. You will wonder how your parents and grandparents' generations did it. The answer is that they voted for politicians and programs that would give them prosperity at your expense. You will get a net negative return on Social Security and Medicare, you will not have defined benefit pensions, and you will be the first generation in hundreds of years that was noticeably worse off (more dependent on external support) to get by than the generation before you.
Last edited by Neomalthusian; 06-20-15 at 04:27 PM.
Totally disagree. Every generation has "lamented assured doom" for the younger generations and every single one of those generations was 100% wrong.
What you mean to say is your world, the world you're comfortable with, is crashing down and you can feel that and it scares you. That's okay and frankly an understandable feeling (my grandmother lectures me constantly that the end is near) but both you and her and all past generations that did the exact same thing are and were wrong.
I'm discussing anomalous changes in wealth and income by age over time, which are objective facts that we can easily observe and measure, and which have been meticulously explained and published by, among other sources, the Social Security Board of Trustees, not some subjective doomsday theory.What you mean to say is your world, the world you're comfortable with, is crashing down and you can feel that and it scares you. That's okay and frankly an understandable feeling (my grandmother lectures me constantly that the end is near) but both you and her and all past generations that did the exact same thing are and were wrong.
Your subjective beliefs that "everything'll be fine" intentionally ignores known facts about unprecedented changes in income and wealth as well as the phase out of pensions on this generation's shoulders. These things are objectively known not to be the norm.
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