People from 18 to 34 years old are considered a Millennial or Gen Y. Countless criticize us for many things, such as job hopping, being tech obsessed, and of course, being spoiled. However, every generation has their flaws, but what if they are in fact not flaws but just different lifestyles? We seek peer affirmation and feedback because it allows us to improve. We are not all about money because we would rather have a mix of that plus benefits. We are extremely collaborative because the people we work with is half the reason we come.
SO, how are we REALLY different from the other generations? Well, millennials are far more likely than older generations to order food from restaurants for delivery or carry out. Cooking is decreasing since convenience is increasing. As for the basics, millennials are less likely to know how to sew, make basic home repairs, or drive manual-transmission cars (or even repair them). Did anyone think this is because if we do need to know how, the Internet is at our fingertips to learn? Internet was not nearly as fast or useful back then, so people had to already know these skills. Furthermore, with GPS on our smart phones, many don’t have to use physical landmarks or maps to guide them. So yes, we may be a little direction incapable, but that’s because we have the tools to aid us.
For me, it is truly hard to imagine how people functioned without a smart phone. That statement isn’t meant to be ignorant, but truly genuine. If I didn’t have it, my lifestyle would change drastically. On another note, our lifestyle is very balanced. Millennials still enjoy completing some tasks by hand…just don’t ask us to calculate a tip without a calculator.
Millennials get blamed for hoping from one job to another…but what if there are no jobs to hold them down? It’s a tough time to be in the workforce with (specifically) millennial unemployment at 12.5%. Millennials are the most educated generation in history with 63% having a bachelor degree. This means the talent pool is high, but why are the prospects so low? Moreover, why are they starting their own businesses more than the other generations? 54% already have started or want to start a business. Maybe it’s because the replacement cost is too high, and they just keep jumping around. The average amount to replace a millennial is $24,000.
Enough about statistics, lets get into the real barrier: the law. All states have licensing laws requiring aspiring workers and entrepreneurs to get permission from government bureaucrats before earning a living. The licensing process can cost hundreds of dollars in fees and impose other tedious requirements that can take years to complete. If they do not do this, jail could be an option.
The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce recently approved a bill reauthorizing some of these “training” programs. This bill will probably do nothing to improve employment opportunities for young adults. Fortunately, one guy has the right idea, and that is Rep. Walberg. He expressed that, “If our goal is to create pathways to meaningful careers, we should… foster a regulatory climate that does not hinder entrepreneurship and jobs.” THANK YOU! Finally, someone who understands.
Millennials WANT to be entrepreneurs, they WANT to have jobs. The economy right now is just not the optimum or most accepting environment for that.
Erica Amatori | Insta, Twitter, Snap: @ericaamatori