Twelve 20-somethings chronicle their lives for WBUR. Learn more.
Growing up, it sounded like if I went to college, then doors would just be opened for me left and right. I would have many different jobs to pick from and I would never have to worry about money.
Now, with a mountain of debt and with job offers for $12 an hour, which is the pay rate I would expect if I didn’t have a degree in my field, I don’t expect much. I served jury duty a while back and one of the employees down there made a joke about, “Well, does anyone really want a government job right now? Ha ha, no pension.”
I just sat there stewing, thinking “Pension? How about medical benefits? How about putting food on my table?”
I think no one is hiring anyone in my age bracket because they feel, “You’re young, you’ll get a job somewhere else.” But in actuality, EVERYONE is thinking that. No one is hiring young people because they don’t want to train them to do the jobs anymore.
They want someone with ten years experience and then when they can’t find it, they just pay the people they have overtime, rather than finding someone and dealing with the fact that they’ll take a little while to get up to speed.