Millennials Share The Worst Advice They've Received From Baby Boomers

Millennials Share The Worst Advice They've Received From Baby Boomers




My government teacher just told me it was hard for him to sympathize with people who have to work at McDonald's (we were talking about raising the minimum wage) when he was able to put himself through college while working and studying full time. He said it was still possible for anyone that wanted to put in the work.

I'd just got out of economics, where my teacher had told us it wasn't possible, and made us calculate the cost of our preferred college or trade school and write up our financial aid options. Weird getting almost word for word contradiction that soon from two teachers.



I graduated in 2007 and had an extremely difficult time finding a job. I was juggling 2 unpaid internships and a part-time job at a movie theater while applying to anything I could find. I spent my spare time interviewing at staffing companies that never called me back and trying not to slash my wrists.

My mother would toss the newspaper at me and said, "you know, I've never been unemployed, but I still read the WantAds every day."

Thanks, Mom, that's super helpful! You know what kind of jobs they advertise in the newspaper? Mostly construction jobs that I am completely unqualified for because I a) have no training and b) an built like a toothpick.

She refused to acknowledge that I was actively searching for a job and kept insisting that I was lazy.



Putting my college tuition on a CREDIT CARD instead of taking out a subsidized loan.

My mother is a baby boomer and is also terrible with finance. She constantly lectures me on how to handle my finances because she "has been around the block" and "knows what she's doing." Right now, the ongoing argument with her is over the fact that I need to take out a couple thousand in student loans to cover my final semester of college. I am taking out a subsidized loan like most people do and is really the best option available with the lowest rates. (6.25%) My mom's advice: put it on a CREDIT CARD. She puts everything on new credit cards that have "0% for 18 months." (She is now paying one of these off after she went to vegas) I've tried to explain to her that subsidized loans ARE essentially 0% interest for 18 months because the government pays your interest while you're in school. I've also tried explaining to her that having 25 credit cards is a BAD IDEA and that they have triple the interest rate of the loan I am taking out. This logic is lost on her though. But she knows better because she's old and I couldn't possibly know more even though I'm an accounting/finance major.




"Keep working your job, you'll get a huge raise and make the same with less hours"

I was 19, and had a job in mold remediation. I was working full time during the day and was also a full-time community college student taking night classes. Sleep was shit, information went in one ear and out the other, and half of what I did has much more work than what had been in the job description. One time I spent the day carrying 60,000 pounds of boxed kitchen tile from a company van to a client's home. I got it done in an hour. Without using a dolly.

This was for $8.50 and hour, and seven months in, I asked for a raise, and they bumped it up a whopping $8.75 an hour. I left about a week after I spent another week working a job in an apartment basement literally cleaning out shit. I removed toilets filled to the brime with human shit after wrapping them in trash bags. For 8.50 an hour.

I left the job a few months ago, have not seen employment since, and it has been the best damn thing I've ever done. Only 20 now, so I've still got plenty of time to get hit by a bus find a better job.



During college I worked in a crappy call center that was more of like an... autonomous Kafkaesque call factory.

I met my manager like once. They did "points" for lateness and absences and if you hit X amount of points then your login was turned off and you were fired. One girl I knew was fired for tending to her dying father. They just didn't care.

On sick days you called a number and entered a code and they docked your points. No human interaction. If you were more than 2 minutes late you got a .25 point.

My dad completely did not and could not understand the level of impersonality and ruthlessness of this place, however.

I said I couldn't take XYZ class cause I had to be to work at 10 and they don't work around school schedules, blah blah.

He said "Well, just tell your boss that you'll be a few (like 45!!) minutes late every day this semester. He'll understand!

It was just miraculously out of touch with the roboticism of the place. I didn't even know who my manager was or how to contact him. I would have been fired within a week for points.



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