You graduated a little over two months ago and you still haven’t gotten a single call from any of the hundreds of jobs you applied for. Yet again, you are contemplating to get up to work in your three-years-old barista job at a cafe a couple of blocks away or just ditch the shift altogether. You are stuck at the moment, and you are completely stuck in life.
The rapid modernization of the world has created tons of jobs for millennials specifically in Science, Information Technology, and Research. However, graduates and job-seekers still chase their dream career.
It is true in many dimensions that millennials, who mostly by now is either graduating from high school, is currently attending University, or some handful are expecting to graduate soon, only become derivatives of education institutions, which never guarantees a job for anybody. They are “by-products” of a system that supposedly taught them a bunch of diversified knowledge but arguably left them clueless of what really the world has to offer to them.
I know a lot of people who tried and tried millions of times and never even get to be shortlisted for an interview for a job they want.
When companies require that all job applications must be in electronic form, from accepting cover letter, to communicating the status of one’s application, and even to the actual interview, you thought you can get away from the nerve wracking face-to-face meeting with your future bosses. You thought it is ideal. But when companies decide to call you by phone to verbally deliver what the result of the electronic job process is, you just want to punch that very person in the face when he merrily told you that he’s sorry because you didn’t make it.
It has come across in every job-hunters’ minds, once at the very least, about the true value of their bachelor’s diplomas or degrees. Millennials, on the other hand, are contemplating whether spending at least twenty grand in post-secondary school is worth it.
Thanks to student loans, scholarships, sponsors, and allowance from parents, people are able get education as they please. Most of all, thanks to part-time jobs here and there, students are able to feed themselves while going through hell studying.
The truth about the millennial side hustle is that it is happening pre- and post-graduation from any university programs. The reality is that the millennial side hustle is like an infectious disease for it inhibits or exhibits the generation to become participants in any field of the job market.
Would you rather be a self-depreciating individual living in poverty waiting to hit a job jackpot? Or would you rather alleviate your life with some gratitude you get from your restaurant job – when in fact, you forego the opportunity to further your studies to create more specs, to start small and work your way up, or to network with the right people and get the right job?
The millennial side hustle is not temporary. It is something that happens exponentially more and more each day that millennials don’t even have the time to decide which life option is best for them.
Technology is unconventional. The older generations say that young people these days don’t need to work hard anymore because everything is fed to them seamlessly – including jobs. But that’s just from their perspective. The millennials’ point of view is that, just as always, you work hard, you earn, and you get what you deserve.
The millennial side hustle is neither a representation of a self-entitled generation nor a mismatch between one’s skill level and a job offered.
Nobody can judge who’s going through the struggle of the millennial side hustle truth. In my opinion, the millennial side hustle is more like a person having totally unrelated job options available, rather than a person trying to jump off the gun without a legit, qualifying basis.