996 - Millenial Entitlement

13th Feb 2015, 1:00 PM in 2015
Millenial Entitlement
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Tim 13th Feb 2015, 1:00 PM edit delete
Tim
Every so often, while browsing blog and news sites, you'll come across articles that are either perplexed by or try to explain my generation. I read one that tried to understand why people my age weren't buying houses or cars, talking about how we choose to do without, another couple talked about our sense of entitlement, with all the electronics and gadgets we have.

The fact of the matter is, if you ask someone my age what they most want for themselves in the future, it's almost always about being financially stable, being free from debt - student or otherwise - and if you find that people my age are averse to taking menial labour jobs, maybe it's worth asking who's been telling us to aim higher than McDonalds our whole lives. We grew up with the understanding that low pay menial jobs were a form of failure, so can you really be upset if we're a bit hesitant about taking that kind of work? And then there's the issue that jobs in the areas that people my age do want to do will increasingly involve unpaid internships or exceptionally low-paid apprenticeships - luckily UWE has a graduate placement scheme that guarantees a living wage level of pay, but it's the exception, not the rule.