A Heartless Bitch Rant about Gen-X Whiners
Now not ALL Generation-Xers are whiners, but what really gets me
is these ones who sit there blaming the date they were born
for all their problems instead of getting their shit together:
Whine. whine. whine. "I whine can't get a job! whine - all the
whine older folks have taken the whine good ones!"
whine. whine. whine. "I can't get into univeristy. , the
courses are all *full* ." (Never mind that they
fucked-the-dog all during highschool and their grades are shit.
Never mind that they left it till the last minute to apply...
Never mind that they are not willing to look at other colleges,
universities or institutions....)
By virtue of 3 years, I cannot be classified as a Gen-X member.
Yet somehow, this is supposed to mean that I am
part of the "privileged" class - more jobs, more opportunites, etc.
Lemme give you folks a hard dose of REALITY. It took me a year to
get into the college of choice - there was 1 position for every 5
applicants. I fought my way in. My parents had no money to help me.
I couldn't get student loans. The year I started, the programme
had 100% job placement on graduation. The Recession hit bigtime
the year I graduated, and job placement was just 30%.
Now I hear people whining that there aren't jobs out there. There
are TONS of jobs. You just have to be willing to work - AND
at what you do. I swear some of these people expect that the moment
they graduate from some airy-fairy programme like "Art History", that the
world is SUPPOSED to beat a path to their door, begging to hire them.
Get a grip on reality. What's worse, some of them have ZERO work
experience, and then complain that it's not fair for an employer
to discriminate against them because they don't have any relevant
EXCUUUUUSE ME if an employer wants to invest in someone
who has proven they are capable of doing more than some insular
academic pencil-pushing. I have seen straight-A students who lack
plain old common sense, and couldn't think their way out of a wet paper bag when it comes to
real world problems.
To top it all off, I can't believe how many people graduate from university without
the ability to COMMUNICATE in a comprehensible written or spoken
manner! I'm not looking for literary geniuses, but if we CAN'T UNDERSTAND YOU,
we can't work with you.
The other thing that gets me is these kids and adults who expect
to start at the top (or at least the middle) the moment they
graduate! I knew one guy who was graduating with a degree in
Business and Commerce - he expected to get a $50K/year job on
graduation....Yeah. right. (no. It didn't happen. As far as I
know, he is still lifeguarding at the local swimming pool...)
I also have no use for hiring quotas. I want to be hired on my
own merits. If some company has a bunch of sexist/racist old boys,
I don't want to work for them. Sorry. No windmill-tilting or
crusading for me. I'd rather go work for their more open-minded
competition, and kick their butts in the market place, than try
to change some archaic institution from the inside. I figure the
best thing to do with dinosaurs is let them die out. A good company
wants talented people who can do the job. I want to invest my time
and energy in doing top-knotch work, not in fighting the
establishment. It won't change the world overnight, but
it WILL have a positive effect. People seem to forget that many
SMALL changes add up to BIG results in the end... And I figure
I'll earn more respect and recognition for women everywhere, by
getting out there and producing quality results, than I would if
I spent my time ranting about how everybody is picking on me...
To the "whining" Gen-Xers, I say this: