PhillyKev @ OB2SP- you're kind of making the point I was trying to make. People have to work their a**es off, and many do. They take whatever they can get (anecdotal case-in-point: a talented, passionate teacher friend of mine was just laid off...he is now selling shoes. He's able to play it off with humor, but it's work and he needed a job.). I'm almost 28- I've had a job since I was 15. I worked all the way through college (I had 2 jobs one semester) and I've done it all: retail, flower delivery, auto parts, call center work.
My problem is when I see comments along the lines of "oh, boo hoohoo" or "mooching off their parents" like it's somehow a choice. Yes, there will be people who aren't trying...but that can be said about many jobless now. And yes, people can "go pick produce" or "go clean houses" but *realistically* once you have a college degree, those types of jobs won't touch you with a 10 foot poll. When my husband graduated, he couldn't find work for 8 months. EIGHT! His applications to retail establishments were met with: you have too much experience. The one place that did call him for an interview promptly pulled its offer off the table when the company froze hiring. He took a temp gig at an automobile maker's financial center, and got to spend his days being called a "domestic terrorist" by people who bought cars, then were on the verge of repo because they too lost their jobs and couldn't pay for them. That was fantastic for him, and us, let me tell you...
My only point to this discussion is that older people can sit back and say "look at this coddled, over-privileged generation and their mooching" and "back in my day, we took whatever we could get" when they aren't understanding that, for may of us, the *reality* is that the jobs we went to college to get are being more hotly applied for than ever (and with no "experience", we're last in line for them) and we're over-qualified for the jobs so-called "beneath" us and we can't even get interviews for a minimum-wage retail gig.
It's too easy to make generalizations, and none of it changes the fact that the economy is still in the sh*tter, and for those of us trying to get careers started (and with it lives, families, houses...you know, the things that help to continue driving the economy), it's presenting a monumental hurdle to overcome.
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