As promised, here's a bit about the cover article in the January 24, 2005 issue of TIME magaznie. The opens with the title "Grow Up? Not so fast. Meet the Twixters. They're not kids anymore, but they're not adults either."
The artcle is a fascinating read for me, since I can relate to so many issues the kids/aduts/twixters brought up in regards to why they lead the kind of life they do. The main common factor among all of them? They can't grow up; be it moving out of their parents home, getting a job with good benefits, getting married (having a kid), or just finishing school.
These people all have similiar concerns about "finding the right job that's rewarding AND pays decent" Some are willing to hop job to job, wading around in minimum wage if they have to and/or starting over in the corporate ladder, others just... take a couple more years of college to figure out what they heck they're doing. There's a good spread on some statistics relevant to the article.
In particular, the guy I related to the most in the article ALSO got a degree in something that's not as practical as other degrees, started off his career as a waiter and ended up being a claims examiner at an insurance company (same thing I do!). I actually pointed at the magazine and laughed since claims examiner is an entry level job that has pretty good salary and benefits, but it's typically NOT the thing people think about growing up as... not the most glamorous thing in the world, no... but it pays the bills.
The frustrations are common too: Hard work and intelligence doesn't mean much when you can't apply the skills you've gotten in college. The article mentions how universities are doing less and less good of a job of actually preparing students for "the real world". I fondly remember considering my options of what to do after undergraduate school, and just thinking "hell, let's go to grad school" since it was a better prospect at the time than getting out unemployed.
Surprising to me is that this has become a phenomon! There are social scientists out there writing books about it (I'm planning on reading some of them and sharing my thoughts on them), more and more people of my generation are growing up this way. They want to figure out who they are, find a niche, take care of themselves before settling down and finding someone to spend the rest of their life with, etc. They're confused at what they're supposed to do outside of work, get a paycheck, pay rent, eat, repeat. There's a kind of idealism that might explain why we choose to live our lives this way. All this, of course, more in-depth in the article.
Dr. Phil actually had a Show
on a similar topic, about new graduates being "lost". He mentions that it might be a sense of entitlement, that when college stops, these people think life should begin at the quality they've been living when they were with their parents. Perhaps. On the other hand, is it unreasonable to think that after four years, 40K and much blood and sweat I would at least be able to get INTERVIEWS with people? Someone forgot to tell me (ahem, college that I paid so much money for) that it was nearly unacceptable to be a candidate for an entry level position w/o skills I can immediately apply. It's like "Okay, you're smart. Graduated with High Honors from top public university in America... but what can you do?" Me: "..." One minute I've got a trascript that tells me I'm way prepared, the next I've got no job.
Maybe we're picky, and want to try out everything to make sure we find the right job. Or maybe the job market just sucks. But I'm glad someone is bringing it up (go Time magazine!), instead f falling into the old rut of "oh, they're just lazy bums who don't want to move out of their parents' house." There must be something going on when so many in my generation are going through this.
I encourage you to go read it the article! Flip through it in the store or check it out in the library!