A millennial is defined as anyone born between 1981 and 1997, we are also known as 'Generation Y'. Generation X is considered to consist of anyone born between the early 60's and the late 70's.
I hate the term 'millennial' and I certainly am not one, mind you apparently members of generation Y rarely identify with the term. No wonder really when everyone just uses it in a negative way. 'these millennials are afraid of hard work' 'millennials have a sense of entitlement' I could go on and on. The truth of the matter is that we simply do not have the same opportunities as members of Generation X had.
Don't get me wrong, there are many things about the modern world that are much better now than when my mother was my age, however lots of things are also so much worse, particularly when it comes to opportunity.
House prices have risen 300% in the last 20 years according to some article I read earlier so very few of us can afford to buy and those that can are tied into borrowing more times their income than the previous generation and pay it off over almost double the time. The cost of getting an education has also skyrocketed (disclaimer: I live in Scotland so this doesn't actually apply to me) and wages are far lower for many of us if you take the price of inflation into account. No one can get credit thanks to the banking crisis which was caused in part by ridiculous mortgage practices, decisions made not by millennials, but by members of Generation X.
So do you know what? If I have a sense of entitlement because I think I deserve a job in my field so sue me! I worked damn hard at university that I could only afford by getting into debt that I can now only just afford to make payments on. To think that people actually think there is something wrong with wanting the job you trained hard for makes me so sad.
Now to make it worse there is some idiot who has designed his recruitment process to wade out 'entitled, liberal millennials' I mean what the hell?! worst part is he runs a marketing company that no doubt markets products to entitled folk like me!
In my mother's generation families could, with only one parent working, buy a sizable family home, pay it off in ten maybe fifteen years, go on holiday every year and never run out of food. In my generation no one can get on the property ladder so we are stuck paying expensive rents which means more and more of us are turning to foodbanks because we cant afford food, and every adult in the house works!
I have only ever left the country once for four days, I went to france on a cheap Ryanair flight that cost me £30 return. Me and the other half have been together just short of ten years and have been away three times - one overnight in Manchester, a few days in oban and five days up north which my mother actually paid for because we can't afford it despite my 'good job'. We don't own a house and are actually now looking to leave the area so we can afford a small flat because we just cant face the idea that we will be renting into retirement and beyond if we stay here, meaning we wont have enough money to retire, ever!
Us millennials are not 'entitled' or 'lazy' we just want what the generation before us had, security mostly - safe jobs and safe houses and the prospect of a safe retirement. No foodbanks, no getting into debt to get an education, no massive levels of unemployment.