I’ve had the Guardian job search page open on my laptop for around 20 minutes now. I’ve had a scroll and browsed some of the potential jobs on offer knowing full well that after I hit ‘Apply’ I won’t hear a peep out of any of them.
And you know why I know that…
Because that’s life unfortunately.
And, as millennials – that’s what we have been taught.
That’s life, deal with it.
I have seen many an opinion about how my generation feel like we are privileged – how we’ve had it easy and how we’re entitled… yet lazy?
I am a typical millennial, but I certainly don’t fall into all the categories associated with this generation.
We apparently set the bar too high for ourselves – this is true. I have stupidly high expectations of myself and whilst I tell myself these expectations are too high it doesn’t stop me from wanting to achieve the goals I set for myself. Why shouldn’t I have high standards. That, again, is what I have been taught.
All through university it was drilled into us that we need all this experience and all these skills to be able to succeed. So ya know what I did?
I went out, found the experience and gained the skills… LOW AND BEHOLD… it didn’t make a blind bit of difference when applying for jobs because every single other person also applying also those same skills and experience…. you see where I’m going here?
We have a sense of entitlement because we fucking deserve it!
We went to uni, we worked the shitty part time jobs to support ourselves. We stuck out the degrading apprenticeships and internships because we were told we ‘need’ them to prove we are more well rounded people. And yet we, the millennials, are labelled ‘lazy’.
GIVE ME A BREAK.
‘2 piles of CV’s – 1 pile with a degree and 1 pile without… which pile do you think they are going to hire from?’
Recognise that speech?
In some situations this is true, especially for vocational courses, but for some it doesn’t mean shit whether you have a degree or not.
How has wanting a job we love and enjoy doing been spun into a negative trait? Apparently we also job hop too much. This, for me, is also quite true. But that’s because we all feel like we have to have a job to make it seem to ourselves that we aren’t wasting our time.
So we take job after job, gaining all of this varied experience and yet our dream employer will still want something else.
I’m not really sure the conclusion I want to draw from this latest rant of mine is, but I guess I just want change. I want less pressure and I want that sense of fulfilment when it comes to my work life… because right now, it ain’t happening!
And if that makes me a lazy/entitled millennial then I guess that’s what I am… but I see it as bettering myself by scoping out the life I want for myself by not settling for something I don’t really want to do.
I refuse to just carry on ‘dealing with it’ because ‘that’s life’. Life is what you make it and I am boring myself by plodding on without forcing change upon myself.
Because what’s the point in that?
(Byeeeee, off to apply for more jobs I’ll never hear back from!)