I’m a millennial and yeah. No one will hire me. I’ve got a doctorate and I’ve worked in multiple fields at pretty high levels. I speak three languages normally and four on a good day. But because I made the mistake of falling in love with a French guy who wants to live in Britain, I got Brexited and now I can’t really return to the US, and no one in Europe wants to hire me. I see no way of even beginning to pay down my student debt and I’m terrified I’ll end up transferring it to my children (if I even get to have any) when I die. I constantly feel like Fantine and there is no reasonable way out.
I have to say for this article, you’re not wrong, but it’s frustrating that there doesn’t seem to be any call to action here. My generation has been trapped in perpetual infancy more or less because older people don’t want to give up their positions. There’s good reason for this: older people face financial insecurity in their retirements even if they have a nest egg as it were and if they do get into financial trouble it’s doubly hard for people in the 50+ bracket to find employment. Ironically, the way to get millennials out of our financial purgatory is to make sure Boomers have a social safety net.
I do get quite frustrated when people who tell me I’m not qualified for the earning of the money also wonder why I’m not buying a house, but they’ll be far more motivated to hire me if Boomers are comfortable retiring. I know I’m supposed to be all mad and stuff at Boomers, and yeah a lot of them do not understand what’s going on, but that’s not really their fault. While we are facing an unprecedented crisis, there are means of recovery and it would be just … you know, awesome … if someone would either provide a way out for me or put me in charge of the darn thing and let me fix it. I’m writing Democratic platform policy in one of the groups so I’m likely not a complete disaster. Seriously. Let me at it. I promise not to get too many millennial girl cooties on it.