The Failure Of A Generation
If I was to tell you I am a failure, you probably wouldn’t believe me. I grew up in the same house all of my life. I’ve only changed schools to go to high school and then college. I have a loving family and great friends. My parents have been married for over 40 years. I’ve lived with my Grandmother who is turning 90 this year. Loving the single life. I’ve completed not 1 but 3 post-secondary programs. Still living at home. Unemployed.
Sounded great there for a moment, didn’t it? My story probably isn’t too different from other young people trying to enter the workforce. We all want to successfully start a career in our chosen fields and for it to continue. Financial stability is something we really want.
I moved out for my last program for 6 months. I’d lived at home during 2 prior programs. I never truly moved out but living at home meant being able to pay down my debt and help out with the family expenses.
For the lucky few entering the workforce happens quickly and it lasts. I thought maybe I was one of those blessed (never believed much in luck) and started a job not two weeks after I finished school. Then the contract ended. I applied and applied and applied. I’d get an interview here and there but nothing panned out. I never thought in a million years, I’d be out of work for more than a couple of months.
Eight months later…
Still unemployed. Still applying to positions in my career but started to concentrate more on retail. All of this in hopes of getting a job. Remember those 3 post-secondary programs? Yeah…I’ve got loans and bills. I need to pay them.
Instead, I’m a drain on my parents financially who are on a more fixed income. The disadvantage of being the youngest child born to a baby boomer.
I’m not alone in this search for a career job that will give me at least some stability and financial autonomy. I know I’m not the only Millennial living at home with their parents. And I know that the unemployment rate is going up as the housing marketing booms (these are probably not related but if you’ve got the research to back it up I’d love to see it).
So I am a failure in so many ways that matter in society. I’m highly educated with some experience but I don’t seem to have enough experience (or the right combination of education — oh the irony!). If I end up in retail, I fear getting stuck there like so many other graduates who sometimes get stuck in retail unable to go back into their career path (or lose the ambition to, or the knowledge gets murky, or the workplace changes). So the once ambitious young person to go down the path of the career becomes a jaded member of society (retail wears people down and out). So society who made us have to get higher education and made it difficult to get a job has dubbed people like me failures. All because they created the situation we are in. Then they call us Millennials, snowflakes and that we don’t work hard enough. That we need to pound the pavement (obviously they’ve been in their secure job long enough that they haven’t had to look at a job posting). Things have changed. I just wish society would get its act together so that myself and those like me didn’t have to feel like this.
I’m still applying for jobs but I’m writing blogs, I’m active on social media, and I’m working on my creative writing. It doesn’t pay the bills but I’m improving my writing (what I’m trained in) and learning more things as I go.
Now, if you excuse me these cover letters won’t write themselves.