Since the 2008 financial debacle, job hunting for the gringos has often been a Job-like tale of "Woe is me!" According to Britian's Office for National Statistics, ~50% of the graduates of the Class of 2013 are working in what is referred to as a "non-graduate role."
The gringos seem to be an optimistic bunch, however, viewing their "ingos"--like working in a pub or call center--as stepping stones to better graduate occupations, or "gos." So, these British millennials tend to pretty laid back about their plight in life, not fretting much about their careers or lives in gringolandia. At the same time, however, these millennials may be a bit overly complacent, as they aren't out on the hunt and beating down doors for those better "gos" that would utilize the skills gained in their higher education.
According to an article in the Times Higher Education, "We have been surprised by how often graduates will make bold assertions about the lack of opportunities, but when questioned, admit that they personally have done relatively little to test out the labor market."
Alas, what this? The gringos might be more to blame for their fates, rather than the shaky state of the British economy?
Well, maybe. But, the article then notes that some of this complacency can be attributed to what the millennials' peers and parents are saying as well as the media's coverage of their plight in life. All of this "C'mon bloke, happy days are just around the corner" appears to be conspiring in ways that make gringohood "more bearable" and may "lead to graduates staying underemployed for longer."
What's next? Blame the British system of higher education for not preparing millennials for gringohood? Lo and behold, the article asserts: "Higher education institutions need to consider how to prepare individuals for the realities of the labor market and the possibility of underemployment, while not dampening expectations or constraining aspirations."
Yesiree, it's all of those extrinsic factors that are causing long-term gringohood. They're to blame.
No wonder Britian is a "once great Empire." The British millennials appear to have lost their "bottom."
Let the discussion begin...
To read the article in the Times Higher Education, click on the following link: