I majored in English… not the helpful, Bachelor of Science kind, but the useless Bachelor of Arts kind. If you are from my generation, you are likely groaning and getting some palm-to-head exercise in for the day. You’re welcome. Happy to help.
Like many people from my generation, I was told “you can do whatever you want” and “follow your dreams” and “unicorns, poetry and rainbows.” I’m not saying that I wasn’t skeptical, because I most definitely was, but I truly believed that my degree would supplement my skill and would help me find a job. This is the problem that many millennials face: too much faith in a failing system.
Despite the fact that we are “on track to become the most educated generation in history,” only 41% of people ages 18-29 have full-time employment and 22% are not employed at all. Contrary to what our teachers told us, education does not necessarily equal employment anymore.
As the water laps up our ankles on this seemingly sinking ship, however, millennials seem to be the most optimistic Americans. 88% of millennials believe that they will earn enough in the future to live the good life. For now, faith is good enough for me.
Cheers to you, fellow dreamers! May your cups be large and your filters full!