Millennials have recently been named the “Snowflake Generation.” In case you’re confused as to why, wonder no more. This latest example perfectly illustrates said snowflakiness. A disgruntled 20-something-year-old “interviewed” for a job and didn’t like the way it went. Apparently there was too much meanness. So she promptly flew to her computer to air her grievances online. Aaaand by doing so, managed to make herself look like a snot-gobbling cryhole. But, more importantly, she also revealed an important facet of today’s wimpish culture.
Allow Jonathan Pollard, lawyer and employer of peoples, to explain…
This is an amazing Glass Door post savaging me as one of the “rudest and [most] unprofessional hiring managers” a 23-year-old millennial has ever encountered (in her distinguished career):
This person sent an application and bragged about her tremendous writing ability, but submitted writing samples that were riddled with problems.
I gave her some general guidance on her writing … I could have just ignored her and thrown her application in the trash. But I wrote her back to give her guidance on how to be a better writer. I was trying to help her! And as a result, I apparently infringed on her safe space.
There are many wonderful, hard-working, well-adjusted millennials out there. But don’t kid yourself. There has been a dramatic generational shift.
Yes, there are plenty of functional millennials – complete with jobs and everything. The whole shebang. We, in scholarly circles, affectionately refer to these flukes as “not socialists.”
Alas, Jonathan Pollard makes a solid point. The majority of millennials are much different from their employed forefathers who run around with all that job privilege (see New Study Shows Millennial Men Earn WAY LESS Than Previous Generations). Their wimpiness is evident when one ventures onto any American college campus.
Naturally, this is where Pollard dives into the problem with modern colleges. Speaking of which, have we mentioned lately that you shouldn’t go? Read Dear High School Students: Don’t Go to College. No, Seriously…
I graduated from Cornell in 2004. Back then, college was still a sort of rough and tumble place. There weren’t trigger warnings and safe spaces. If you got a bad grade, then you got a bad grade. You couldn’t be all like, “Professor, I demand you change my grade because you didn’t take into account how I’m triggered and in personal turmoil over the riots in Baltimore even though I grew up rich in Fairfax, Virginia and have no real, personal connection to that situation but, like, it really is part of my entire being and I’m woke as F but really triggered too. So this C you gave me is really a microaggression. I deserve an A.”
This is not anecdotal. This is not an isolated instance. This is an entire culture that some of you folks out there have created by being helicopter parents; hovering around your kids; never letting them fall off their bikes; insisting they get trophies for everything even when they lose … This is the monster you have created.
Kudos to Mr. Pollard for speaking out on this subject. One can’t help but appreciate employers who have the manberries to stand up to these flailing crybabies (read AWESOME! CEO Creates ‘Snowflake Test’ to Eliminate Wimpy Liberal Applicants).
Millennials, time to pull up your Huggies and do adult human things. Might I suggest you begin by not doing this…