Forgive me for generalizing here, but I feel the need to respond after being put in a general category myself. I was on the train home earlier this evening when I overheard a man and a woman, both in their 50s, discussing work, their law office, and a weekend conference coming up. A teenager boarded the train with his iPod on full blast, and the man said to the woman, "Ugh, kids. This is why it's better our office doesn't hire those new graduates. Entitled, spoiled children."
So this is an open letter to you, Generation X. I'm speaking for my peers, and for myself:
Somebody gave you a chance, however many years ago it was that you picked up your diploma and entered the real world. You were promised a future, a dream. You worked your way up. Good for you. Be proud--I looked up to you.
Now it's time you give that chance to someone else. Stop offering unpaid internships and "entry-level" positions that require at least two years of experience. Stop hiring twentysomethings to fetch your coffee and Xerox pages for you. Give us a chance to learn. Give us a chance to grow. Don't toss us to the curb after we give you our all as interns.
Take a risk on the youth, and if we manage to fall into the stereotype you think we are--entitled, spoiled, lazy--then by all means fire us. But don't not open your doors.
We didn't go to college and invest in a future to be told we're not good enough.
So as you plan your international vacations and you sit in your offices and cubicles, complaining about your job, think about the 22, 23, 24 year old who would kill for the opportunity you have.
We didn't create this recession. We don't deserve to suffer at the hand of it. And call that what you will--a statement of entitlement, or whatever--but...yeah, I'm speaking up here. I have something to offer, and I've been working my hardest to prove it. And I know I'm not the only one.