My generation is a disaster, politically.
The PuffHo even tars the whole generation with the same brush, Millennials Now Bringing Their Parents Along On Job Interviews because (emphasis added)
. . . 8 percent of recent college grads brought their parents along to an interview, according to an Adecco survey cited by the Wall Street Journal. What’s more, a full 3 percent actually had their parents sit in on their job tryout.
Heavens to Betsy! You mean, ninety-two percent of millennial interviewees went on their own?
About 13 percent of recent college graduates said they got a job through a parental connection, according to the Adecco survey.
And eighty-seven percent didn’t have parental help getting hired? What are things coming to? People of my generation wrote whole books in praise of nepotism!
Full disclosure: I am the mother of a millennial. So let me be blunt: If your child cannot go to a job interview without having you in attendance, you have, at least in that aspect, failed as a parent. Yes, the article mentions that
employers are catering to that tendency by hosting “Take Your Parents To Work” days and inviting them to open houses,
but your child will do very well to go out and get interviewed without bringing you to chaperone. Think of it this way: Old enough for a job, old enough to interview by her/himself.
The subject of millennials sells because of many reasons, but it’s starting to wear thin.
As a mother of a millennial, my experience has been that,
a. Millennials enjoy being lumped into that demographic about as much as I do when lumped into the “boomer” category, that is, not at all.
b. They complete college in four years, hold jobs during high school and college, take part in community activities and sports to greater or lesser extent, and don’t go around bragging about it.
c. The millennials I’ve been in close contact are clean, polite, professional, and dedicated to their work. They don’t live in mom’s basement. They pay their bills on time. They eat salad and veggies out of their own volition like the grown-ups they are. They are earning your respect.
d. Many have already started their own families.
e. Not one of them would even think of having mom and dad tag along to interviews.
As for their politics, even Matt Vespa acknowledges that Millennials bolt from socialism once they become employed and start making money. Or, as the saying goes, they get mugged by reality, just like everybody else (except for Bernie Sanders, who, at age 74, is too old to be a millennial, or even a boomer).
So, gentle reader, keep in mind these are young adults you are talking about, not the spoiled brats the media insults for the sake of readership.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.