If you aren’t familiar with this story you should be by now, if not you most likely know a millennial, that’s invested thousands of dollars into acquiring some form of a degree. Now with this degree this person believes that they will have an opportunity to make more money, to get a meaningful career, and some day possibly buy things like a house and just be an adult. Well that’s the typical way this college thing has worked in the past but now we are living in a new day and age. I have to take myself for example, I went to college the great Clark Atlanta University may I add. I went with the ambition of becoming a grown up in a sense, I saw my degree as a way to get to the top. I was always taught education is the key to success once it’s acquired no one can ever take it away from you. While I don’t regret my choice to attend college at all, I was living in a fairy tale land thinking everything would just fall into place once I graduated. First off I was not properly prepared I didn’t take time to do internships in the summer. I didn’t really know what career path I wanted I just knew what I didn’t want to do.
So there I was the day had come May 20, 2013 I was slated to walk across that stage to receive a degree I had know idea what to do with. So in front of my friends and family I did it, I got the degree I’d been working on for the past four years. Inside I didn’t know whether to walk away or just run, because on the inside I felt like crap. I hadn’t landed some nice job with a corner office nor was I headed to work on wall street. Yet I was working at a local hospital as an insurance verification specialist making $14 per hr, this was clearly not the way I imagined my life after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree. I was however grateful that I had a job, because many of the other graduates didn’t hey they always say something is better than nothing. That still didn’t make me feel any better about my position, I wanted more a wanted a nicer car I wanted a nicer apartment I wanted to go shopping and not have just a $50 budget I wanted to go on vacation, and the reality was making $14 per hr I couldn’t do those things. So I did what a lot of people do in life “I Settled”. Yes I settled and I just became ok I said you know what I’m living I may not have the best of the best but I’m making it. I stayed with that mindset for about 6 months then something clicked. I said to myself I can’t continue to live like this. If I were to die tomorrow my legacy can not be that I graduated from college and I work at a hospital, I knew I had to get out of this cycle I had fallen into. I knew it was time for a change, this is when I began to prepare for the kind of life I wanted. In order to have more money you have to do either two things, make more money, or cut your expenses. All of my expenses were mandatory, so I only had one other option. I had to make more money, then that’s where I encountered this major roadblock. No I wasn’t the graduate that went back home after graduation saying I couldn’t find a job but I also wasn’t that graduate that took time to intern, and have some meaningful experience. So I began to apply for jobs, job interview after job interview seemed endless. I did get some job offers but I wasn’t willing to settle for some measly salary of $25k. In that time span I went on over 60 job interviews, finally I landed a job that would allow me to move I signed the offer letter for an $40k Salary I felt like I hit the jackpot. Well with more money comes more problems, after upgrading to a brand new car and getting a new apartment. Only a few short months later I found myself getting some familiar urges I wanted more money. Of course I was happy for a new job, but then I started realizing somethings my job was now an hour away which meant I was spending more in gas, and if you’re familiar with Atlanta traffic is horrible. So while I was making more money I started spending more money too. Then on top of all this madness, I find out I’m going to become a dad “talk about pressure”. So then I started applying and interviewing like crazy and ultimately land the job I wanted. After a few more job changes which involved moving from Atlanta to DC then back to Atlanta I am now in a meaningful career. I just closed on my first home back in March and now all I seek to do is build my 401k and hopefully get married pretty soon. It is my personal opinion that millennials can find jobs they just refuse to work for low wages, because in their minds their better than a $14 hr job. Moral of the story is you can have it all just plan to work for it, know that nothing comes over night. Everything that you’re currently going through will only prepare you for where you’re supposed to be in life.