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Be Grateful for Generation Y

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Be grateful for Generation Y. They don’t settle for meaningless work, they don’t worry about being seen at their desks, they play well with others, and they don’t put up with jerks. [Penelope Trunk]

Updated December 28, 2010 and originally published July 12, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Andre

Amen!! We’re here to make a difference, contrary to popular belief.

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avatar Mer @ Living Behind The Curve

Interesting, isn’t it, that Ms. Trunk describes GenY in terms of office workers who have resigned themselves to dead-end jobs? We’re currently stumbling through that no-man’s land between college and our 30th birthday, where both highschool and college grads right now are overwhelmingly being treated as disposable. We have more debt than any previous generation, and wages are right in the shitter at entry level, thanks to the mutual animosity.

We can’t just “tough it out” because there’s nowhere to go. Whether it’s a myth or fact, the “bad economy” is keeping people at higher levels from taking risks with their careers, and they stay put. Couple this with the average american company not growing many new jobs, if any at all ever. Most of the time there is just no room available to grow. If we want to advance our careers at all, or perhaps just do something different, moving on is often the only option.

Considering my experience so far, why the hell should any of my fellow GenYers maintain a shred of company loyalty? Don’t be grateful, but don’t be surprised when we announce that we can get treated like shit just as well for 2 dollars more an hour down the road, either.

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