An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams
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If she just got fired, how do you know she won’t be looking for a job at a restaurant or Starbucks? I’m in the same situation, not nearly as bad as I have a salary, but I’m in $40k in debt and my salary is around $30k. I can’t afford to move out, so I live with my parents. I live about 25 miles from work, so I drive an hour to and from work each day, and I was paying almost $300 on just gas a month. If it wasn’t for my parents feeding me, I’d be starving. I did live on my own for about 10 months, because my parents moved out of state, and I was living on $50 month on food. I was putting everything on my credit card, because I couldn’t afford lunch sometimes, and working at a nonprofit, they don’t provide snacks. If a company can afford to pay their employees, they should pay them. I don’t blame my nonprofit for not being able to pay me a better salary, they simply can’t afford to, but my reward is helping others who are in a far worse situation than I am. Although, I have been here a year now, it was my first job I got after college. I interviewed for two months when I finally got the call for the job. I considered myself lucky. Who finds a job after two months? But I not only was applying to jobs to make my career, but I also wanted something in the meantime. I applied to Safeway, Starbucks, Best Buy, anything that could help me buy my own groceries without having to ask my parents for money. Nobody called me back from those places. It wasn’t until I started working at my nonprofit that they explained why retail jobs don’t often hire recent grads: we have too many skills for the job and they can’t afford to lose a recent hire once they get the big paying job. How ironic right? You go to school, gain valuable skills, yet you can’t get hired because you’re overqualified. In college I worked in Customer Support, and it was the worst! Not only was the job stressful, but the pay was $8 an hour. I couldn’t afford anything on that, and I used that money to basically buy my textbooks for school. Again, my parents were usually there to back me up if I needed to. We don’t know Talia’s full story, but I do remember in her article she mentions that she had to “get out” of her sitaution. So she moved to SF, and thought she could make it when she got a job a reputable company, Yelp. That’s an achievement on its own. I can’t say I’d be able to do that, so props to her and those who have the guts to leave when they know they have no choice and not looking back. Anyway, if it wasn’t for my family, I don’t know where I’d be. You had your parents to help too, since you said you were living with them. Talia’s situation might have led her to be completely on her own. We simply don’t know. Also, how can you say to get roommates when she clearly moved to a new city on her own? I would never live with strangers, especially with all the evil going on in this world, you can’t trust someone you meet online or on the street. It’s not always safe. If customer support is such an easy job, why aren’t more high school kids working them? Why would a million dollar company hire a college grad with debt instead? Knowing they will need to make more money soon, not in a year. I think Talia saw this job as an opportunity, to get her foot in the door with mega media company, but it blew up in her face when she realized she’d have to wait a year. That’s a long time to move up from CS in my opinion. If you’re already making 50 calls a day, believe me when I say you have enough customer service skills within 3 months. That’s not including the skills you will gain sending out and responding to emails, filling out support tickets, handling difficult situations, and learning great time management. Oh and let’s not forget how quickly you’ll pick up on handling stress. She also mentioned she was doing freelance. I was doing freelance too and it’s not easy keeping those jobs and making a living off of. So let’s say she finds a job at Starbucks within the next couple of days. She’s still going to be paid minimum wage, but she has some college education (I believe she said she dropped out) so her skills are higher than average I’m assuming. She is still going to be living in the same apartment, not being able to move if she really had to leave her past behind. So how was being fired from a company who could have clearly made the situation right, going to help her? Not only did she mention her struggles, she mentioned the struggles of some of her coworkers as well! She just took it upon herself to speak up and post it on social media! The type of media she wants a career in! Yelp’s response was to say that they are moving this job to AZ and firing Talia. I live in AZ, cost of living is still high, as I cannot move out yet.

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