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Millenials Aren't Just Overeducated and Underemployed
People are quick to judge Millennial mindset in a certain way due to the stereotypes that have formed about those born between 1980 and 2000, but I like to think (like the author of this article) that not all of the stereotypes are true, and that some of the stereotypes are incredibly, and grossly wrong. I'm not a millenial myself, but can we really discount an entire generation based on a word, or a date they were born. The simple answer is no. The real answer is also no. We should not. Millenials make up a huge part of our population (see the chart! They currently compose 28.7 percent of it!) and by 2020, it seems that 1 in 3 adults will be millenials. When my generation was young, we didn't have to worry about having a college degree to sustain a middle class lifestyle, but since then, things have changed. Now, a high school diploma will get you 66% of what a college graduate earns. In my days, it was apparently closer to 72%. College education hasn't just forced millenials to become "overeducated and underemployed" as the statistics often claim. Instead, education has become the "must" of wanting to live a better life. Asma Khalid has reported, about two-thirds of millennials ages 25 to 32 lack a bachelor's degree. Millennial college graduates in this same age group earn about $17,500 more annually than those with only a high school diploma. I think there is something very telling in these facts. Not only are they the largest population, but they are also the most diverse, they are also plagued with higher levels of poverty than the baby boomer generation before them. Still, in the face of all that, they are very optimistic: 49% believe the country is on a path to better times!
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