From Our Readers: The Truth About Why Millennials Do Side Gigs
You graduated a little over two months ago and you still haven't gotten a single call from any of the jobs you applied for. You are contemplating again if you should get up to work in your three-year-old barista job at a cafe a couple of blocks away or just ditch the shift altogether. You are stuck at the moment. And you are completely stuck in life.
The rapid modernization of the world has created a lot of jobs for millennials, specifically in the fields of Science, Information Technology, and research. However, graduates and job seekers still chase their dream career.
It is true in many dimensions that millennials—who are graduating from high school, currently attending university, or expecting to graduate soon—only become derivatives of educational institutions, which never guaranteed a job for anybody. They are by-products of a system that supposedly provided them with diversified knowledge, but arguably left them clueless of what the world has to offer them in reality.
I know a lot of people who tried and tried millions of times and never even got shortlisted for an interview for a job they want. When companies require that all job applications must be done online—from accepting cover letter, to communicating the status of one's application, and even to the actual interview—you thought you can get away from the nerve wracking face-to-face interviews with your future bosses. You thought the setup was ideal. But when companies decide to call you by phone to verbally deliver what the result of the electronic job application process is, you just want to punch that very person in the face when he merrily tells you that he's sorry because you didn't make it.
It has come across every job-hunter's mind about the true value of their college diplomas or degrees. Millennials, on the other hand, are contemplating whether spending at least twenty grand in post-graduate school is still worth it.
Thanks to student loans, scholarships, sponsors, and allowance from parents, people are able get education as they please. Most of all, thanks to part-time jobs here and there, students are able to feed themselves while going through the chaotic phase that is studying.
The truth about the millennial side hustle or side gig is that it is happening before and after graduation in any university programs. The reality is that millennial side hustle is like an infectious disease for it inhibits or exhibits the generation to become participants in any field of the job market they wish to take part in.
Would you rather be a self-depreciating individual living in poverty waiting to hit a job jackpot? Or would you rather alleviate your life with some gratitude you get from a part-time job when in fact, you forego the opportunity to further your studies to create more specs, to start small and work your way up, or to network with the right people and get the right job?
The millennial side hustle is not temporary. It is something that happens exponentially more and more each day that millennials don't even have the time to decide which life option is best for them.
Technology is unconventional. Older generations say that young people these days don't need to work hard anymore because everything is fed to them seamlessly—including jobs. But that's just from their perspective. In a millennial's point of view, you always work hard, you earn, and you get what you deserve.
The millennial side hustle is neither a representation of a self-entitled generation nor a mismatch between one's skill level and a job offered. Nobody can judge who's going through the struggle of this situation. In my opinion, the millennial side hustle is more like a person having totally unrelated job options available, rather than a person trying to jump off the gun without a legit, qualifying basis.