Comments on: Gen Y out of work: What is corporate America doing about it? http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/ Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:27:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: boggin828 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8843 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:54:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8843 As a Gen Y’er, I will say that I was raised to feel as though I was always a winner. I was far from spoiled though. With my own mother and myself living on the streets as a toddler, and working our way up, I learned a lot about what it means to EARN a living. I have worked hard and been in the workforce from the age of 15… until three years ago. I was laid off the day after I announce pregnancy at my job. I applied for 5+ jobs a week for two of the three years, and also launched a business to bring in money as much as possible. New businesses need money to survive and they need more attention than a new mother can give without being able to afford childcare. I launched another business, desperate to succeed. In this time, I went to several interviews. All employers seem genuinely interested in me, having me back for multiple interviews. But, in the end, I am always rejected. I have finally had to make a deadline for myself. If I do not have a job by the middle of this month, I will return to school for an MBA and hopefully more opportunities, despite losing the career that I hold passion for. This is not entitlement that put me in this place.

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By: minipaws http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8306 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:12:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8306 What are corporations doing about it. Nothing – they continue to ship jobs overseas, so they can pay the top 1000+ people in every corporation millions in stock options.

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By: AncientHunter http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8295 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 09:23:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8295 Ha

The boomers pass the buck every chance they get, always going with the politician who promises “more tax cuts” or who can save you money, continuously piling up national debt, passing deregulation bills so everyone can own a home, and injecting inflation just to breath easy for another year. All the while snowballing the gigantic doom that is the current financial crisis, avoiding it for one year so its 10 times worst a few years later…

And now all of a sudden its the work ethic of Generation Y which is the problem?

No offense but you’re starting to sound senile… OH WAIT A SECOND.

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By: NancyinStL http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8291 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 05:03:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8291 As a boomer parent of two Gen Y guys, I can personally attest to one of my sons not having a clue as to how to get a job or apply to grad school. He’s a typical nerd/geek.

(I feel qualified to declare this, because I have retired from an IT career and know nerds/geeks pretty well.)

If he has to jump through hoops, he’s dismissive of the BS. He graduates in December. We’ve given him the ultimatum: get a job and support yourself.

Believe me, it’s not for lack of trying.

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By: gruven137 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8287 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:10:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8287 The problem with generation Y are their parents. They’re the ones taught and let these young people become who they are. I actually feel sorry for these kids because they all talk the same (“like” valley girls) and they have to have some type of programmed electronic device in their face 24/7. If you told any of them they couldn’t talk like a valley girl, or locked them in a room that didn’t have an electronic device in it, they’d probably kill themselves.

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By: u_mirin_aum http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8286 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 23:56:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8286 Oldies always love to look on the generation(s) behind them and point out how different they are than kids growing up in the good ol’ days.

Today’s graduates know much more than the employers’s generation did coming out of university. They hurdle higher requirements to attain the same professional degrees, and do so at a younger age. They are grouped together, stigmatized, and discriminated by employers who assume that they are all pampered an inept due to their age.

Firms need to begin adapting and evolving instead of desparately trying to hammer all the protruding nails in.

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By: forestladd http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8285 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:05:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8285 An attitude of some Gen Y folks (and others) is that some work is demeaning. Especially when you are young, any work is good. I spoke to a friend of mine recently who worked at a burger joint when he was a teenager. His wording was, “I got to go to work when I was 14 years old” My point is that the world does not owe anyone a job. For years, college grads may have to do “non-fun” repetitive work. We called it “paying your dues.” In general, work is an honor and we should approach it with respect. We are made to be creative and to benefit mankind. Please be patient when experiencing a plateau. Another issue is that many go through their teenage years without ever having worked. My, what a shame! High school and college are only a small help in preparing for the rigors of the work life. Working as a teenager gives dignity and builds traits that will be helpful for entire lifetimes. Paper routes, lawn mowing, farm work, flipping burgers…

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By: MrChristian http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8284 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 21:18:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8284 For a Generation-Y person I sure don’t fit the mold very well. I do quite well in ‘classical’ corporate structure.

And to second JohnnyJr down below: for the love of God get your internship or part time career gig in order before you graduate.

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By: Achille http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8283 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 21:03:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8283 Here’s a hint for employers; if you hire people that are actually intelligent, they don’t need a whole lot of training because they pick up on things rather quickly.

If you’ve had to sink a lot of time or money into training, it’s because you’ve hired stupid people and you should probably address your HR department.

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By: soxnine http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-wealth/2011/09/30/gen-y-out-of-work-what-is-corporate-america-doing-about-it/comment-page-1/#comment-8282 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 20:53:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/?p=20190#comment-8282 I’m glad we live in a world where it’s blasphemy to want a job that doesn’t make you want shoot yourself. Gasp! It’s been fun watching every successive year since I’ve entered the workforce become progressively worse than the one that came before it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I couldn’t be happier to shoulder the blame and the cost of mistakes I never had a chance to make. Am I a narcissistic ingrate because I got a college education so I could support myself like everyone said I should, paid for it myself, and now I need a job that pays more than minimum wage so I can afford it? I guess so…sorry mom and dad, your irresponsible and lazy son keeps turning down perfectly respectable jobs because he’d rather live in your basement until he’s middle aged. It clearly has nothing to do with an economy that imploded before he even graduated, or a social system that demanded he have a college degree but doesn’t reward him for it and makes it impossible to afford. Glad we spent two of the last three decades laboring under malfunctioning socio-economic ideologies and constructing a corporate infrastructure that evidently has no use for the skills and knowledge with which you decided to equip us. Here’s a gem: we’re more educated than you! We’re more capable of functioning in an increasingly technical and computerized world, we vote for humans rather than troglodytic luddites out to drag the 21st century back to the 11th, and we actually have a vested interest in preventing the environment from deteriorating into a viscous mass of toxic waste. In a competition of quantifiable skills, applicable education, social responsibility, and potential for success, what exactly do you bring to the table anymore? Bang up job chaps, you’ve engineered a world where not only are your children shouldering a greater burden and provided less opportunity than you were, but you’ve also managed to create an environment where it’s perfectly acceptable to blame them for it. Bravo, guys…bravo!

(And incidentally, internships are great and all, but they aren’t exactly easy to get, and more than that, they’re often not an option for someone who can’t afford to work for free because that time must be reserved for real jobs that pay the rent and put food on the table. They can help, but they’re a long way from a silver bullet. Anyone who thinks it is needs to start thinking a little bigger than that…this is chess, not checkers.)

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