I sat there staring at my computer screen at a local Starbucks, my eyes tired from reading the latest news on UI/UX development. Another great leap for the industry I thought to myself, yet I never seemed to benefit from any of these big changes. Who writes this crap I thought. Who edits it and who makes money of these new products that endlessly reinvent the wheel. Yet another UI/UX design desktop program that I would have to learn otherwise I’d be left in the dust when it came to looking for my next freelance gig. The posts were always the same. “Need blah blah, but I don’t have a budget blah blah blah.” The thing that ticked me off most was that these guys had cash they just didn’t want to spend it on anything creative. I hope their sites tanked. I could laugh it off as I thought they had finally gotten a piece of the big shit pie that my generation had been handed.
When I graduated there were nothing but hiring freezes. My internship turned into a one year long charity run. Not getting anything out of it because when it was over the company HOT 106.1 in Laredo had no jobs. Not only did they discriminate against me for my sexual orientation but they also screwed me out of a job. But whatever that was 2009 you couldn’t do anything about that. Being bisexual was a crime here and speaking up for anything in that shit hole Laredo, Texas was like committing social suicide.
Millennials got it bad and I knew firsthand how bad it was. No jobs, no security. My dad lost his life savings in the the fiasco that was 2008 Stock Market crash. That’s the thing these people don’t realize. Not only are Millenials smartest and most educated generation, ever. We’re also experienced way beyond our years. We’ve faced the highest rent mediums in decades and the highest cost of living all while getting paid the lowest wages in history. I don’t know any Millenial that is actually doing what they went to school for and I certainly don’t know anyone that has just one profession. We’re a generation of doers and achievers. We will have to clean up the mess of previous generations when it comes to the way they’ve left the economy and the environment. We’ll probably have no retirement and no Social Security. I hate it when older people pick on my generation. Fuck off! You don’t know what it’s like to have to be told that you must have a career by the time you’re 25 but there’s no jobs. That was 5 years ago and now I’m 30. I have no job. I’m a freelancer and I hate it. I love the projects I work on and I love my clients but I hate not having a career. I hate not being able to get the opportunities that people had 30 or 40 years ago.
I honestly don’t have any advice for any Millenials. I sometimes wish I worked in an ice cream shop and was high on good ganja everyday. I hate that I care so much about how things will be tomorrow. I think it’s not fair but I know that it doesn’t matter if I complain no body will care. Obama talks about being the change you want to see or whatever, but I know it’s all bullshit. And the Republicans can fuck off as well, they’re all full of shit. I wish FDR were here to give us a NEW New Deal, because this deal right now is bullocks.