By his twenties, Kyle Kaylor imagined he would be living on his own, nearing a college degree, and on his way to a job that fulfilled him. Instead, at 21, he found himself out of school, living with his parents, and "stuck" working as a manager at a fast food restaurant scraping to make hand-to-mouth. Launching into adulthood has been tricky, he said. "It became too difficult financially to be in school and not working," says Kaylor, who dropped out of Lincoln Christian University, in Illinois, after one semester because of a money crunch. "And without schooling, you can´t get a job that
Life is made up of little choices and some of those determine the future. The biggest problem with most millennials is that they don´t choose the challenging thing. I watched so many kids go off to college and come home with a degree that was useless. They chose the easy major that would not cause them stress or interfere with their fun in college.
So when my girls went off to college I told them that they had four years in the best college they could get into. They would graduate with no debt, but then they were financially on their own. So if you choose to major in psychology or communications, be ready to live your life on a Bed Bath and Beyond salary. They both chose engineering.
Unlike #2, a lot parents helped make these kids into the helpless buttercups they are. I read yesterday about the distraught Starbucks barista who had a meltdown because making unicorn frappaccinos was giving him sticky fingers. Imagine if he were working in a job where he would really come home dirty.
Mike Rowe is the sage of our time. There are literally hundreds of thousands of jobs - well-paid jobs - that go unfilled every day. That is because they often require skilled training that today´s kids do not have the patience for. It takes the willingness to take direction, fail, learn from your failure, and move on, skills that today´s kids lack. It requires leaving safe spaces where comfort is the opiate of the perpetual child masses.
Wanna learn how to make good money? Well, point your diaper dandy to this website. It´s a start.
#2´s comments are right on. There are many kids who should not go to college. They are academically not prepared, choose ridiculous majors, incur lots of debt before they flunk out and cannot find a job much beyond minimum wages
Many who do go and are academically successful and graduate have majored in one of these ridiculous majors. They then compound their problems by going for a Master´s Degree in this worthless major, incur more debt and still cannot find a job that will enable them to be financially independent ( hence Mom´s basement is the alternative). As # 2 said...it is all about choices and the millennial bunch makes some very terrible choices. But of course they know best!!!!!!!
When I was in college, many years ago, ROTC was mandatory for male Freshmen and Sophmores. It really helped a lot of guys grow up. I wish it could be brought back for both male and female students. At least we would see some discipline on our campuses.
Everyone in my family got scholarships and/or worked -and lived at homer. While my brothers managed to work and go to day school, I went at night. Dad took card of room and board plus medical. We did the rest. Very few people go to the top schools-unless like my Dad you live in the same town-townies can find a way! The rest of us go to small colleges then get our Masters at a better University. It is not that hard.
I thought the article made some good points. Jobs in factories used to provide a basic income for many ´low skilled´ employees, which was good for those not cut-out for college. Some of those people would advance to more complex jobs. Now that route has been pretty much cut off. They are at a dead end at age 25.
The only thing I learned that was worth while from a lout of a father was: "There are three ways to make excellent honest money: Get a job doing something nasty that no one else wants to do, or something dangerous that few have the courage to do or something smart that few can do. You will always be in demand and make great money. Everyone can do jobs that are clean, safe and require no smarts. Thus those jobs don´t pay well but they are plentiful."
I have always been puzzled by people holding a degree who work as servers at Starbucks or Pizza joints.
How did Skippy´s minister put it...."The chickens have come home to roost." Combine the teachers´ union, lazy parenting, participation trophies, political correctness, and a child into a large cauldron and mix for eighteen or twenty years and out pops a confused, mind-numbed, self-important person...but still a child.
No construction work? Ha. Everywhere I look there´s construction going on. These snowflakes run from hard work. They´re used to everything handed to them on silver platters with no consequence for failure, and then when it´s time to go out and grow up they are little lost whiners who think they know everything. I´m so afraid for the future of our country.
I have a friend who is an electrician at a local power plant and is in his mid-thirties. He recently acquired a 20-something trainee. Well, hard-hat crews being what they are gave this kid some good natured razzing which the kid did not take well at all. He called his MOM who told him to tell this crew they should not be mean to him. seriously??
Well, he went back to the crew and told them exactly that. Needless to say he unleashed a boatload of misery upon himself. My friend found the kid´s hard hat and painted it pink (didn´t have snowflake decals though). The kid quit after two days.
I guess the power plant did not have a ´safe place´ or puppies to pet. That will probably be the next ´big thing´ for work places nationwide.
Spot on #13. Universities teach our next generation what (not ´how´) to think and feeeeel, and how to be a mindless foot-soldier in the army needed to take down the nation from within. To that end - they´re doing a good job.
The Me generation did a crappy job of passing down the principles and advantages they were given. The rise of divorce, working moms, and latch key kids gave rise to a generation who pretty much raised themselves. Couple that with an abysmal education system, which narcissistic parents pretty much ignored, and a damaged economy, and lots of kids have it rough.
Traditionally, men occupied most positions in industries such as manual labor and construction work. With those mostly gone, male wages have been hit harder than "women who started off behind" but excelled in school and college, Carnevale said.
NBC is clueless as to who has taken these jobs. I´m positive every single person here knows who has taken those jobs.
(Except the liberal monitors that want to see what we are up to)
#2, similar to my boys. Both majored in some of the toughest physics and engineering majors offered. Now, years later, both have outstanding jobs. One makes more than twice what I ever made in my life. They have friends from HS who are working at Staples!
I teach first-semester calculus-based physics. The biggest thing I see now is many students want good grades but do not want to challenge themselves. I became a physicist because it was difficult. I knew that if I could figure it out and make a career of it, that I would have a job. For the most part, this has been true. Kids give up too easy! A C on your report card is not the kiss of death if you learned valuable lessons along the way.
#9 has it exactly right. Nasty, dangerous or high intelligence jobs are always in demand and pay well. I worked 30+ years in nuclear power plants. Always well paid and plenty of overtime available. A lot of the work was hot, dirty, radioactive and required a high degree of knowledge.
After a lifetime of being told you are exceptional by your parents, teachers and professors, all the while never having to be barely competent, it´s a hard lesson looking for that first job and finding out you´re not all that. That, and wanting to start out making big bucks and enjoying the same lifestyle you had at home practically guarantees disappointment. To them I say, ever heard of overtime or working weekends? I know... I know... evenings and weekends are for partying.
I entered my 20s as a sailor. That teenage choice paid for my college attendance. Picking a "wanted" grad skill paid for my grad schooling. It seems to be advantageous to select work and morally helpful opportunities such as those requiring night work or weekend work. It´s about stepping out and waking into to the future by following parental and historical advice.
There is a lot of eye rolling after reading this dreck. Suck it up buttercup. You and your parents need to grow up.
Stopping the draft and taking prayer out of schools ruined this country. Look at old HS yearbooks. They looked and acted like adults. Most of them didn´t have someone to bail them out or let them live at home. They didn´t have new cars either.
There are plenty of managers and assistant managers without college earning $45k to over $70k in my local grocery store. They are expected to work however.
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