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gee… thanks, old people

21 May

According to ABC.com, only 19.7% of today’s college graduates have a job to go to when they graduate.   And, according to Yahoo! news, people between the ages of 20-40 are being laid off more than anyone else.

Which is awesome.  Because this means that there’s a whole segment of people – my generation – who’ll either never make it, or will make it but won’t have the proper skills to do anything valuable.  Which means that, now that all the fresh young talent has been purged from the system, we’ll be facing a corporate era of even greater managerial incompetence which should lead to another meltdown in – oh – ten years or so.

So, well done, old people.  You saved yourself an age-discrimination suit by firing all the kids instead of the folks who’ve been there for a while and have built up savings.   Sure, those people probably have families to support – heck, you might even be doing this with love in your heart, thinking people my age will bounce back faster.  Except they won’t, not for a while, and they’ll continue to build up more debt and they’ll learn less responsibility and skills, and by the time things settle down financially, there’ll be another group of hungry young turks coming on up through the system in the form of today’s teenagers, who won’t have anyone to show them the ropes of business because we won’t know what we’re doing and you’ll all be dead.    So, my friends never get ahead, your company doesn’t know its ass from its elbow, and the world goes down the toilet again.  Awesome.

Anyway, we’ll be leaving now.  The next time you need someone to remind you how to check your e-mail, give us a call.  At a reasonable consulting fee, of course.

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3 Comments

Posted by on May 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “gee… thanks, old people

  1. Olde Dad

    May 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    You’re welcome, Sonny!

    I’ll pass this on to my friend Paul who struggles to keep afloat with BS jobs because nobody’s hiring 60-year-olds, either. Then we’ll drive over there with our left directional flashing the whole way and maybe knock some sense into you with our canes.

    Seriously, though, most older folks had their retirement savings tied up in stock-related funds (or, in many cases, Bernie Madoff) and their nest-eggs now look like a supermodel’s omelet. Most of them didn’t have the ability to “get out of the way” at age 56, like some people we know. They have to keep working to keep their homes and, frequently, to provide for their progeny.

    But, enough of that – I’m off to feed the pigeons……

     
  2. fever2tell

    May 21, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Oh, I listened to a feature on NPR about this very phenomenon yesterday. They interviewed a bunch of recent college graduates (we’re talking as recent as last Sunday) who were just CHAGRINED that they weren’t offered high paying jobs right after school. I’m sorry if I just can’t muster any sympathy for the 22 year old who isn’t getting her dream 6 figure consulting job on Wall Street right after college. The kids they interviewed seemed shocked and outraged that they were going to have to resort to internships, summer camp counseling and waitressing to get by. After all, they have degrees, by god!

    My first thought was, this is news!? This has been happening at least since I graduated from college in 2002 right after good old Georgie took power and 9/11 happened. This has been a problem for at least 8 years now. I have many friends who have been laid off, outsourced or “restructured” out of their jobs multiple times now and can fill out the unemployment forms in their sleep, all of us at least have BAs and none of us are even over 30. If you are lucky enough to have a job your insurance costs are skyrocketing and your wages are stagnating. Not too long ago my salary was supposed to support a family of 4, now it just about covers a single person with no student loans, no mortgage and no car payments. If I had those things I’d probably STILL be living with Ma & Pa.

    I never felt entitled to anything even with my good grades and degree from a well known school. I never felt too proud to work a retail job, mop a floor, or wear a name tag or take that entry level job in my field that eventually led to better things. I was taught to start at the bottom and work my ass off to get to the top. If you ask me, entitlement is part of the reason why we are in this mess in the first place. Our culture feels entitled to more money, bigger fancier homes and cars, and more toys and gadgets, and if we can’t afford it we just pay with credit and blame someone else later. Maybe the hardship is actually good for this generation? Maybe it will force us to develop a work ethic and some integrity?

     
  3. Leslie Poston

    May 22, 2009 at 9:47 am

    This post hit the nail on the head

     

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