Skip to comments.No job, no house, no kids: Welcome to the millennials
Posted on 04/25/2014 6:52:10 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Brian Alunan has nothing to show for the 150 applications he has submitted to Sacramento area employers over the last few months. No bites, no interviews, no job.
Alunan is 29, and lives with his parents. His work history is spotty. His unemployment benefits have ended. The bank is about to take his car.
If every generation is supposed to be better off financially than the one that proceeded it, Sacramento millennials have a lot of catching up to do.
Several experts said the economy is the primary culprit. Many millennials graduated from high school or college during the Great Recession and had trouble finding work. Others were just getting started as professionals and were the first laid off during the economic downturn.
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“This is an OPPORTUNITY.” - you are so right
The examples for them to learn from are everywhere now and simple to see....and listed in the comments that follow yours on Obamacare, the difficulty (Because of Government) trying to start a business.
Many of them are getting it. I say this as I have 5 of my own kids that now get it and over 25 young employees that I see beginning to get it.
They are products of an education that they now see lied to them and for many many of these kids the LIGHT is going on.
They want to work, make money, raise kids (But not until they know they can function)
I have grown more frustrated for them as I have become familiar with their struggles and difficulty in trying to figure a world out that had been presented to them as something different. Now seeing them figure out the reality of their situation and the almost impossible way out makes me agree...
This is an OPPORTUNITY
BOL! If this were my kid, I’d buy him a one way bus ticket to North Dakota, where I’ve worked off and on for the last three years - lots of work there and good money - I plan to retire before 60.
A neighbor lady recently did that for her middle son to get him out of their house and the state. She bought him a one way ticket to Australia and helped him to get a work permit.
Good point. I dug ditches when I had to. I wonder if all his apps. were in his “field”?
Exactly. And people are too “stupid” to realize it.
My son is not your typical millennial and I’d like to think that he might be the next Bill Gates. Hey I can hope.
But hard work and ambition and initiative are not recognized as a positive trait anymore.
That's the problem with all these supposedly hard luck stories - the people in them are lazy snobs who think the world owes them a comfortable easy life. That said, I know more college grads living with their parents than I've ever seen in my life. Their jobs may or may not be crappy, but almost all of them are drowning in student loan debt. The millenials do have a tough road ahead of them.
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I would use term limits as a litmus test for conservatives.
Wonder just what situation those kids in the picture are in now.
Also, there is little mention of what these kids studied if they are college graduates. Easy majors (for example, psychology) are not sought after by employers. Business majors are a dime a dozen, so a C-average is not going to get you a job when there are a dozen other applicants with stronger GPAs.
What these kids of the participation trophy generation have not learned is there is a direct correlation between hard work and results.
By spending more time talking about the economy and less time talking about abortion and gay marriage.
And, yes, I expect people here will not like this answer.
Get a damned lawn mower and start a landscaping business!!! What the
HELL,!! I have 2 college grads working with me in a retail environment
for 10.00 an hour, both have been also doing consistent short tern NON PAID INTERNSHIPS in their fields to build their resumes!!! This IS the
ONLY way these kids are going to succeed today!! Showing unemployment for an extended period of time shows very little determination to succeed!!!
Anyone else notice that the article fails to mention what their degrees are..any takers for “feminist literature” or “urban studies”..
What comment were you responding to?
Agency director enters not guilty plea - Alunan has been charged with three felonies including embezzlement
Davis Enterprise, The (CA) - Sunday, March 5, 2006
When Yolo County was ready to form its IHSS Pubic Authority, Alunan was recruited from San Francisco. He and his wife, Maria, and son, Brian , live in Antelope.
They are drowning in debt, not just student loan debt. It’s their own fault for taking out the loans and then treating them like income.
Consequences for actions taken is so unfair.
LIBERAL ARTS, I LOVE THE FEMINISTS STUDIES, PUBLIC RELATIONS, with all of the attorneys today a law degree and the cost of it is another great field to go after!!! These kids after high school NEED to
get into trade schools today!!! Welding, electrical, HVAC, GREAT MONEY
and low cost education can also get this education at community colleges!!!
I am in fact old enough to remember:
Young people of the late 60’s (I was one of them);
Young people of the 1970’s,
Young people of the 1980’s,
Young people of the 1990’s, and on into the `millenials’
I knew hard times in each of those decades & what it felt like to be out of work, so I’m not looking back from the ivory tower of lifetime employment with one firm & assurance of secure retirement from the beginning.
That said, I can look back and see common characteristics in the un-or-underemployed young of each of those past decades:
Sense of entitlement
Belief in one’s own generational uniqueness
No sense of the past or those who once lived in it
Self absorption & desire for the latest toys
Lack of realization of the passage of time
Minimal interest in the reality of a loving G-d
I’m retired now, and every day my wife & I give humble thanks for the relative security we have. I wouldn’t want to be a young person today for all the tea in China.
If you live in Cali, going to a place that is almost the farthest you can get from the beach is a tough sell.”
Life can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances. Had these parents fulfilled their obligations as parents these kids would have the skills to function independently. But they chose to be their benevolent friend instead and this is what we ended up with.
Wonder how long it is going to take parents to realize that the kid in their basement is also part of the generation that will be responsible for them in their old age but is ill equipped to do so.
DON’T encourage them to come to Texas. We already have enough numb nuts here now to amply fill the quotas.
Why do we hate millennials? I don’t hate them. I hate what they do. Or don’t do. What they don’t do is THINK. In most cases we start with an empty vessel to train. They have been taught very little and aspire to the same. They don’t even know the difference between sending a memo TO someone vs. CC someone.
They ALL attend meetings and get mostly nothing concluded because they can’t even make a succinct recommendation.
About the time you think you have them wound up and on their way to doing something they stall out and you have to start them all over again. They can’t follow through and complete things.
works for me.
Proportionality always works!
we need to “OWN” the “game”
I live in CA. and the state is a mess beach or no beach. You put a 22
year old kid in South Dakota making 100,000 a year with oil company
when he is able to buy his first BIG FANCY SPORTS CAR the beach will
be forgotten very quickly!! It’s very hard work, don’t know if the kids from
CA. are actually made of this kind of grit!!!
BINGO! My daughter is an engineering major at a major VA college. She has a small group of friends who are focused on school. All have summer internship jobs lined up with serious wages and benefits. Work/Reward is still available - but it isn’t easy.
College degrees that get handed out like participation trophies in soccer might be good for self esteem, but you know what’s better? A real education and a real job.
Hey, but I bet the kids in the article had lots of fun in college. Best time of their lives...
Actually, I moved back in with Mom and Dad right after college. Couldn't find work right out of school in my "chosen" field (Electrical Engineering, believe it or not) so I lived at home and worked retail for cruddy pay, for a bit.
Couldn't find a job in EE (I made the mistake of NOT doing an internship....foolish!) so after looking for a good bit, and sending out entirely too many resumes .... I said "Waitaminute. Maybe it's not EVERY engineering employer in country that hates me.......".
I knew a fair bit about computers, so I took a cruddy job in IT...long hours, lousy pay (likely way less than min wage, if I sat and figured it out), however, the job got me out of Mom and Dad's house (first paycheck, I was out like a shot) and got me a ton of experience, very, very quickly. 20-odd years later, here I am, still in IT.
Hard work pays off. But, in reading the article, I'm not sure that anyone interviewed understands that. It reads more like: "Hey, I showed up. Where's my dough?"
You are of course correct, Hoover was a far different man than Obowma, Hoover was blamed for the depression. Obowma can pretty much do virtually anything with impunity and except in conservative media you would never know about it.
*** .all the college kids were, literally, dancing in the streets!***
They were dancing in the streets of Cali when South Vietnam and Cambodia fell to the commies.
Didn’t turn out well for the Vietnamese and Cambodians.
Why didn't I think of this? I've been scratching my head trying to find a job that would pay me $500 a month and have October through March off. And if I sleep in my truck, I can almost pay my Obamacare premiums!
Its very hard work, dont know if the kids from
CA. are actually made of this kind of grit!!!”
It’s not just the kids in California. I got my grandson who lives in Kansas a job in the Texas oil patch through a good friend. Grandson is working at a factory, long hours for $12 an hour. Good worker but he could make four times as much working in the oil patch. Did my best to get him to try it for a couple of years. But he’s in love with a girl in Kansas who has two more years of college and he doesn’t want to leave her.
My neighbor has a grandson who went to work in the oil patch three years ago. He has $150,000 in the bank and a brand new pick-up which he paid cash for. Says he’ll work in the oil patch for six more years and then find a wife, start a family, maybe go back to college part-time and have a normal life. He’s 24 now and seems to understand that it’s not all about right now, there will be a tomorrow that you need to plan and prepare for. I would have to say that this young man is the exception among those that I know in this age group.
According to what they teach in “college”
The Cambodians and Vietnamese were finally liberated-
and the Killing fields of Cambodia and the Half million
plus executions in the south - were just an aberration
Really- just ask John Mclame -or -I fought in Vietnam
John ffffin Kerry-
As for millenials not getting a job- Again, I have many
young family members WITHOUT gainful employment-
All that DO - do not vote for the Demonrat party
I’ve seen a disproportionate number of 60-somethings hired to work at cash registers and bag groceries of late. Whether it is because of a stronger work ethic, avoiding age discrimination charges or because the managers don’t want to hire the young I don’t know.
This guy live in CA. what the heck makes you think he NEEDS October
thru March off!!! My landscaper (I call him Mr. Mow, Blow and Go) does
6 houses a day he is here for 30 minutes at best that is 3-4 hours of work a day, he gets 125.00 a month per house = $3,750.00 per month, sleeping
in truck I think NOT!!! Yes you have to work hard to get your clients but
you are VERY mistaken about the money they make!!!!
That slogan is so good that it ought to be on a bumper sticker.
~ Evelle Snoats in "Raising Arizona"
Your neighbor has raised her son with GREAT common sense!! When you
are YOUNG and IN LOVE not much you can do to change those feelings
we have ALL been there common sense leaves us completely!!!
I manage in retail, the reason is DEPENDABILITY!!!! Seniors are ALWAYS
THERE, they have to be in a hospital before they would EVER call in!!!
So the problem is lack of financial discipline, then? Well, not exactly. It's a little tough to tell a kid contemplating a college education that's going to place him or her in $50,000 worth of debt that making payments on a $10,000 vehicle is a bad idea. You can preach all you want, and you'd be right, but it's nearly irrelevant.
As others have already said, you have to follow opportunity. Mine ended me up in Silicon Valley in the glory days and when that faded, I moved on. I did learn that the sooner you learn to control the youthful attraction to instant gratification, the happier you'll be moving from poor to prosperous and the quicker you're likely to do it. But this is a very different world from the one I grew up in during the 50's and 60's. It's a far more regulated world, for one thing. Employers could slip kids a few bucks on a temporary cash basis without falling afoul of sixteen dozen federal and state labor regulations. It was tough to deal with the evanescent nature of that pay but it's a lot tougher not even to have the opportunity. I knew desk-clerking and making beds at a truckers' motel wasn't a career but it sure paid the rent while I was looking for one. It isn't just a matter of the necessary humility (although it helps) - those jobs seem to be a lot harder to come by these days.
Frankly, it's a bitch being young and it most always has been. I wish them the best. Just as long as they STAY OFF MY DANG LAWN!
I'm hoping to retire in a couple of years, but until I do, I'll find some way to keep food on the table. My friends and I agree on this: we no longer have careers, we simply transition from one job to the next until we retire or die.
"Careers" are so 20th century.
I'll still be employed doing something when I retire, but it will be in a job I like. It could be part-time tax work, working at a winery, substitute teaching, volunteering at my church, or all of the above. The thing I look forward to the most is the flexibility to leave on my terms.
Poster for low information critters.
About 4 years ago, I had to move my family form Michigan to Maryland because I lost my job and found a new one in my field of expertise here. My two adult daughters have moved back. One is now 21 and the other is 24.
They have a good living arrangement with reasonable rent. One works as a full time nanny, the other is a clerk at a drugstore and does some admin work for an insurance company.
Both are willing to take the jobs they can find for now and to work. They don’t have the safety net of moving back with us because a 600 mile commute it pretty tough.
I’m extremely proud of both of them.
we have ALL been there common sense leaves us completely!!!”
You betcha! But then reality sets in and sometimes it’s a hard lesson. Reminds me of the song about I’d do anything for love. So yes, if we’ve lived at all we’ve been there and done that - some more times than others.
I always told my kids and now my grandsons that it takes at least six months before you know if it’s lust or love so be patient at least that long. In the meantime keep the zipper zipped up!!
That picture says it all. They did it to themselves.
Gotta do what you gotta do. Look at my post 94. I moved to the liberal cesspool of Maryland. %0th on my list of top 50 choices of places to move.
I really like my job, but I hate this state. It’s insane. I spent 8 months away form my family, had to pay for two residences for a while. My only furniture was a $10 lawn chair from Wal-Mart.
With responsibility comes tough choices. Too many Millenials have no clue about responsibility cause they get participation trophies for everything.
Moving to ND isn’t for life. Move back to CA in a few years. It ain’t that hard.
“This time the drug was a long-legged mack daddy.”
What is that?