Please Stop Labeling Millennials

Millennials get shit on time and time again. We’re classified as “spoiled” “privileged” and “entitled.” I’ll probably get bashed for defending us, but someone has to.  Society says all we do is “complain.” I’m here to argue that statement. It’s called ‘venting.’ Unless you’re someone who complains and does nothing to fix it, I don’t see any issues in talking about how frustrating it is to find a job.

As a millennial, I’ve had 5 internships, freelance and still, it’s not enough.  This leads me into the documentary I was featured in called, “My Millennial Life.”  This documentary was about 5 – including myself – applying for jobs, finding love as well as ourselves and moving out for the first time.

I went to Toronto last week to see it premiere and I was rather nervous about what people would say. What I didn’t know is everyone expects millennials to “fix” everything. No one gave us the tools nor is anyone giving us a chance, so how are we supposed to do that? How are we expected to “fix” it if we weren’t the ones who broke it in the first place? Why are we being blamed for not being able to find jobs? Why don’t our parents understand that it’s not like it was when they were our age?

My dad obtained a job at the steel mill out of high school, stayed for years until he got laid off. But even still, our parents didn’t have as many issues finding work. It was rather simple and easy. Sure – they went through struggles, but it’s not the exact same as us.

Director Maureen Judge—who was a pleasure to work with over the past 2 years – constantly defends us and understands the hardships we face. In the documentary, I start off living at home, then move to Tennessee and lastly, have a difficult time living on my own with my fiancé. It was hard to watch myself at times because I remember how I felt at certain moments. I know how it felt to work in a job I wasn’t particularly fond of, which is something most millennials know about.

My story ends with finding a job in Tennessee and finally getting independence. But, what you might not know is my fiancé lost his job and we had to move back home. It was tough to watch that part because I so badly wanted to stay, but it just didn’t work out. I didn’t want to see myself talking about freedom and seeing my apartment, but I know I’ll get it again. It’s not like that’s the only time in my life that I’ll be living on my own.

This brings me back into the millennial thing. We’re taught to reach for our dreams, but sometimes, reality is a bit harsh. I know I shouldn’t dwell on the past, but it was only a month that we’ve moved back, but it’s still hard.

I just have to reiterate this; we are not lazy just because we live at home. It’s not our fault we’ve applied to so many jobs and we’re unable to land them. It’s not our fault we’re not financially stable because we are trying our damnest, but our degree and experience just is not enough. It makes you feel like crap and want to give up at times, but we did not go to college all those years just to throw in the towel. We must keep going and looking toward the future, instead of dwelling on the past.

Via Mogul

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2 thoughts on “Please Stop Labeling Millennials

  1. Hope, I hope (heh) you take this comment with all the good intent I leave it with.

    I know you’re wanting to be a writer, and trust me, I understand that! I’m also a writer, and I totally get the struggle to make it in the industry. But if I could offer you a piece of advice, it might be to take this time back with your family and use it wisely. Have you thought of upgrading your education with a certificate, diploma, or even course at night in journalism? I know it’s hard to pay for more schooling when you’re still paying off the first degree, but when it comes to professional writing it might be a big help to you.

    I studied journalism in university, and almost as often as they taught us practical lessons there was the side story of “This is a very competitive industry, and you’re going to struggle. A lot.” And even with a more specialized degree in the field, it was hard for me to work my way to my current position. But that real world training helped a lot. We had to apply our education practically all the time, and it gave it real meaning instead of staying in the realm of the theoretical. I think you’ll find it harder with an English degree alone to make the foray into the world of writing when there are just as many journalism grads out there struggling for the same jobs.

    With your freelance portfolio and a 4-year degree, a journalism credential may help you a lot! And it will also go a long way to refining your writing; it can help make the difference between “blogger” and “writer,” if you know what I mean. A lot of the sites that accept freelance articles won’t work with a writer on tone, voice, grammar and style as much as a professor or instructor will. The extra instruction can help you pitch to more outlets as well.

    It’s going to be more difficult for our generation to find our place in the bigger picture, no doubt. There are options available to us that people couldn’t have dreamed of in the past. But competition is also fierce.

    1. Hi Kylie – Thank you sooo much for writing to me! I mean, in truth, I’m afraid of raking up more debt than I have at this moment. Sure – it would be beneficial to take a few classes, but if I don’t get anything out of it or in return, I don’t see it being worth it. But, I’ll consider what you said and think about getting something else. After all, my goal is not to specifically be a writer, but rather, to do SOMETHING in writing. Thanks again!. xo

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