Many people think that many 20-somethings are unable to find themselves due to a lack of focus and obsession – whether purposeful or not – with drama and strife. Books have been written on the subject, and it is a major source of inspiration for televisions shows such as HBO’s ‘Girls,’ a show about four 20-something girls attempting to find their way through life during the struggles of early adulthood – often related to their age and inexperience.
The truth of the matter is, however, that many people in their 20s are not lost simply because of their age bracket but more so due to the lack of opportunities present at that age.
Many millennials were raised to value education and independent thought over being lemmings – that is they were and still are encouraged to find their own way in life and refuse to subjugate their own wills and personalities to become nothing more than thoughtless workers who take orders from bosses with no say-so in their roles as employees. Because current employers, many of them Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers, do not understand the thought process present in the current generation despite the fact that it was them who put these paradigms into place, 20-somethings are left behind in the workplace. It is not that 20-somethings are lost because they are on some quest to discover themselves but rather find themselves stuck in a rut because of lack of job opportunities and the expectation that as free thinkers, they should still be certain of their career path from early adulthood.
It is no secret that the unemployment rate for Millennials is twice as high than that of any other generation. Millennials graduate from high school, often go straight into college with the understanding that there will be a decent paying job waiting for them upon graduation, only to find that they cannot find employment beyond temp agencies because the large companies don’t feel they are experienced enough while the lower wage-paying professions think that they are overqualified. This problem is compounded by the fact that many Millennials are expected to pursue one specific career path whilst being taught in college that the human mind changes during maturity and that wants and needs change as life progresses.
Being lost at 20-something may be normal – even for previous generations – but at least those other generations had more opportunities to make good money with an education. For Millennials, prospects are non-existent and their futures often feel limited because of this reason. Searching for a job for five years with no true bites or leads can be frustrating and when approaching 30, the only hope is that by 50, they will be able to consider themselves lucky enough to make $30,000 per year and maybe live in a city where they do not have to rely on a car to get to the nearest store or cross the highway to get to a tacky strip-mall.
20-somethings have a great deal to offer the world – especially since people of that age range often have many ideas that could bring great (and much needed) change to the workplace as well as greater society. Unfortunately, no one seems to care.
It appears as though being lost is the beginning of the end for these people. With major gaps in their resume from being ignored and lied to, there is no end in sight regarding the misery these people are suffering from. They say that being in your 20s should be the best time of your life. This writer disagrees – stating that the opposite is in fact true.