The Funny Banker read my posting on Gen Y Barbie. This is his reply.
Hasn't this little credit crunch bitch-slapped most of these Gen Y-ner's back to reality a little bit.
I notice that Teresa hasn't exactly held down a job in the real world yet. What were the jobless numbers in the US for November, 500,000?
While technically not the worst on record if you put things in proportion (actually about the 41st worse), but the absolute magnitude is large....and will be getting larger.
This little downturn may be the cold bucket of water that wakes these wet behind the ears neophytes up and helps them put the concepts of:
- We crave personal development (until layoffs start)
- We pursue unconventional paths (while I have zero life responsibility)
- We’re not afraid to ask (who are you asking and when are you asking them - try asking for a raise about now)
- We embrace transparency (until you have competing interests that may force you to do something you might not be so proud of) and
- We just want to do what we love (Blinding flash of the obvious: are you the only person who wants to do what she loves? Me and everyone else prefers drudgery?)
What, does this chick think that her father always had a comb over and her mother always wore "mom jeans"?
At one point, everyone has dreams and aspiration, but guess what Teresa, you (and your siblings) came along and your parents had to get all responsible and stuff.
I know, its totally uncool, but true, kids are the reason parents get all uptight, boring and conventional - I can say that as a risk-taking 30-something with a young child.
The self-righteousness of a new cohort entering the workforce is nothing new, its just that at some point your schtick starts wearing thin - and that point was about a year ago. The holier than thou attitude is boring already.
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