This is a comment by Stephen on the post “The Shifting Definition of Adulthood“.
What rapses says is pretty true. This is the worst time to try to find the job since when my grandmother was a child, it is increasingly difficult to “own” a home (and let us remember, if you miss a payment and someone can kick you out of where you live, you do not own it), and the oft-repeated but rarely analyzed promise of “go to college, get a good job” is exposed for the false assumption it actually is.
This is all made worse by the narrative spun in the media, which ignores the absurdly high unemployment rate and simply calls into question the maturity of a 22 year old, fresh out of college, who cannot find a job that offers any promise of advancement. There are plenty of service industry jobs out there, I imagine, but this does not help someone who took on $50k in debt to go to college on the promise of higher earnings.
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