I recently read an op-ed that argued my generation just doesn’t know how to work or doesn’t know what a real job is. In some ways I agree with this argument. Most of my generation only knows about the unpaid internship or the six to nine month temporary “real” job or the customer service job. Simply, most of my generation doesn’t know what a real job is because the real jobs aren’t accessible.
Job descriptions these days often have phrases like “entry level” and “three to five years experience required” on the same page. Words like this attract and repel my generation immediately. We understand the idea of an entry-level position. It’s a job for those who recently graduated college and are looking to begin a career. But we are turned off by the “three to five years experience” part because the very job that we are qualified for and would excel in is already lying to us. How can a job be entry level and require “three to five years experience?”
In the end, we either never applied for the job or were automatically disqualified because we didn’t reach the minimum qualifications. Because of this, much of my generation is left filling our resumes with temporary jobs, internships, and restaurant jobs. So, no, most of my generation doesn’t know what a real job is or how to “work.”
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