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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Seriously....No One Could Be Bothered To Send Me A Link To This?

It's another round of FUN WITH DOUCHEBAG MILLENNIALS: A very special NYT edition.

I should note that this story is over two weeks old. So likely I'm not writing anything original at this point. This doesn't bother me, because original writing is sooo much harder than you would think and totally not worth it. HARD WORK BLOWS. Now, on to the story...
GRAFTON, Mass. — After breakfast, his parents left for their jobs, and Scott Nicholson, alone in the house in this comfortable suburb west of Boston, went to his laptop in the living room.[...]

The daily routine seldom varied. Mr. Nicholson, 24, a graduate of Colgate University, winner of a dean’s award for academic excellence, spent his mornings searching corporate Web sites for suitable job openings. When he found one, he mailed off a résumé and cover letter — four or five a week, week after week.
Fantastic. Good to see him working hard and looking for jobs. Being unemployed is never easy unless you really enjoy smoking pot, watching TV and playing online poker. But I'm glad to see he's looking hard. It'll probably pay off.
Over the last five months, only one job materialized.
Yikes. It's tough out there for a 24 year old with no job skills or experience.
After several interviews, the Hanover Insurance Group in nearby Worcester offered to hire him as an associate claims adjuster, at $40,000 a year.
Great! End of story. Boy, that was a short NYT article. Not sure I understand the point of it though....Oh, wait there's more...
But even before the formal offer, Mr. Nicholson had decided not to take the job.

Rather than waste early years in dead-end work, he reasoned, he would hold out for a corporate position that would draw on his college training and put him, as he sees it, on the bottom rungs of a career ladder.
HOLY FUCK, THIS KID IS STUPID. I have a job, with 5 years professional experience and pretty handsome beard, and I wouldn't turn down a job that pays $40,000/year. That might make me pathetic, but at least I'm not living with my mom, RIGHT SCOTT?

Let's hear from Scott's grandfather. I'm sure he has some grizzled war veteran advice like, "Grow a sack dipshit. Be an adult and take a job you don't like"
“I view what is happening to Scott with dismay,” said the grandfather, who has concluded, in part from reading The Economist, that Europe has surpassed America in offering opportunity for an ambitious young man. “We hate to think that Scott will have to leave,” the grandfather said, “but he will.”
Oh God. This guy is worse than his grandson.

It's like this family has lived next to power lines their entire lives, and instead of the power lines causing cancer or some shit, they cause extreme douchbaggery. They should sue somebody or something.
While Scott has tried to make that happen, he has come under pressure from his parents to compromise: to take, if not the Hanover job, then one like it. “I am beginning to realize that refusal is going to have repercussions,” he said. “My parents are subtly pointing out that beyond room and board, they are also paying other expenses for me, like my cellphone charges and the premiums on a life insurance policy.”
If by "subtly pointing out", Scott means his parents have smashed his cellphone with a mallet, or have ordered a hit on his life, then I approve of their tactics. Otherwise they need to stop being subtle and throw him out of their house and force him to make it on his own.

How about Scott's college educated friends? What are they doing?
“Going it alone,” “earning enough to be self-supporting” — these are awkward concepts for Scott Nicholson and his friends. Of the 20 college classmates with whom he keeps up, 12 are working, but only half are in jobs they “really like.” Three are entering law school this fall after frustrating experiences in the work force, “and five are looking for work just as I am,” he said.
Great. It's a fucking fantastic sign of things to come for our country when things like "Going at it alone" and "earning enough to be self-supporting" are "awkward" concepts for COLLEGE GRADUATES.

And what's with this bullshit of jobs they "really like"? I hate my job. Other people hate their jobs. It's called work for a reason. You have a job so that you can make money to do fun things like golf, pay for drugs and gamble.

Basically, I'm saying that people like Scott need to find addictions and dangerous habits to fill the void left by meaningless work. WELCOME TO ADULTHOOD.
“As frustrated as I get now, and I never intended to live at home, I’m in a good situation in a lot of ways,” Scott said. “I have very little overhead and no debt, and it is because I have no debt that I have any sort of flexibility to look for work. Otherwise, I would have to have a job, some kind of full-time job.”
Yes you are in a good situation...YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORK. Scott is basically a retired old man at the age of 24. What a gig. I'd love that shit.
Scott said, “and then I worked hard through college to graduate with the grades and degree that I did to position myself for a solid job.” (He majored in political science and minored in history.)
I majored in political science and minored in new testament textual criticism. I have no defense. I smoked a lot of pot in college, had a great time and never thought about my future career prospects. I have no clue what Scott's excuse is, but I can say with 100% confidence that neither I nor Scott positioned ourselves for a good job.

I'll leave you with a bleak look into Scott's future that includes unheard of jobs like "bartending" or "temp work"
/shudder
So he struggles to get a foothold in the civilian work force. His brother in Boston lost his roommate, and early last month Scott moved into the empty bedroom, with his parents paying Scott’s share of the $2,000-a-month rent until the lease expires on Aug. 31.

And if Scott does not have a job by then? “I’ll do something temporary; I won’t go back home,” Scott said. “I’ll be a bartender or get work through a temp agency. I hope I don’t find myself in that position.”

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