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Millennial Searchers

Maria Redin

Today’s young adults born after 1980, known as Generation Y or the millennial generation, are the most educated generation in American history and, like the baby boomers, one of the largest. Yet since the Great Recession of 2008, they have been having a hard time.
Do we have a lost generation on our hands? Chastened by these tough economic times, today’s young adults have been forced to rethink success so that it’s less about material prosperity and more about something else.

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  • Lou Pizante

    For me, finding purpose or meaning in my work is an essential element of happiness.

  • Hillary Newman

    Really interesting question. As a millennial, I'm not sure I have the perspective to answer this questions, but it feels like there's a lot of pressure (from society, friends, family, etc) to find happiness. I think this might be connected to why young people look to work for companies that have awesome company culture and an array of perks.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I do think that with the recession right after college, I was trying to find work and that act of trying led me to weird random jobs- which eventually led to me figuring things out- but it was definitely a time of uncertainty and it wasn't at all helpful in helping me focus on a career.