We all grow up being told we "can do whatever we want to" if, in fact, "we work hard enough." As we grow, we think if we can just jump through the hoops of education then we will be prepared for the workforce.
But if that was true, why do companies have ongoing training programs?
The fact is a college degree is pretty much necessary for someone to get a full-time job. Even in the trade industry, there is usually some sort of schooling necessary before getting a job.
But to think that these things prepare you for the work you will be paid for is crazy. Sure, there is a foundation developed in ways. But just as seminary doesn't prep someone to pastor and lead a church, neither does a college-level degree prepare people to interact effectively in the marketplace. We all need to start somewhere.
This is where I find the rub to be in many cases. I find many college graduates thinking they should be paid more than they are making when they get out of school. Certainly not all, but a growing number it seems. In my discussions I have found a core thread that seems to lead to this conclusion: they have jumped through all the necessary hoops we have told them they needed to jump through and therefore feel like they deserve comfort.
But who can blame them? Most of them were raised with this mentality!
Well, I recently read an article that may bring some settling to this issue for some. There is something about seeing real-life numbers and this article surprised me a little. One of the topics hit in this article was the median income for Millennials. Here are 10 major cities in the U.S. and how much Millennials (people between the ages of 25-34) make on average in these cities:
- Raleigh, NC: $31,899
- San Diego, CA: $30,196
- Dallas, TX: $29,830
- Denver, CO: $32,422
- Boston, MA: $33,659
- San Francisco, CA: $36,119
- Chicago, IL: $30,061
- Austin, TX: $30,816
- New York, NY: $31,703
- Washington, D.C.: $42,226
Are you surprised by those numbers?