When we initially saw the headline, we wondered if this was a commentary on the incessant posting of young folks’ private lives in social media and all over the Internet. There have been more than enough reported incidents in which folks have been denied or even lost jobs due to items they’ve posted. This, however, is about a somewhat different matter but perhaps even more important. Just some ideas to consider…
Why can’t the selfie generation find jobs?
By BBC News
On Friday the US Labor Department released the latest national employment figures. The report had good news for many – overall unemployment remained at 6.7% – but continued to paint a dreary picture for the crop of 20-somethings now entering the job market.
The unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds was 12.2%, while 16- to 24-year-olds came in at 14.5%.
But are these younger Americans – “millennials” or “Generation Y” – to blame for their joblessness? Is there something about this generation of Americans that is making it harder for them to enter the workforce, or is the economic deck stacked against them?
Millennials get a bad reputation as “selfie-posting, social media-crazed underachievers,” writes Seth J Carr in the Chicago Tribune. Despite the selfies, millennials have valid reasons for their lack of employment.
If you’re not part of Gen Y, you didn’t grow up with the highest student debt in history in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Maybe that’s why so many millennials are living in their parents’ basements, unemployed or underemployed.
Many millennials are not unemployed by choice, writes Tim Donovan for Salon. There is a large demographic of “young, undereducated, poor and, all too often, minorities” that are unable to find work.