Mapping Millennials: Over-Educated, Under-Employed, Debt-Ridden, & "Looking To Make A Difference" In The World

Tyler Durden's picture

Millennials continue to puzzle the general population.

Many Boomers are still trying to pinpoint how millennials approach life. They are trying to understand how to impress millennial colleagues, how to sell to them, or how to retain them as employees. Boomers want to know what it was like to grow up with today’s technology, and how that impacts one’s outlook.

Even millennials are still perplexed by their own generation. Just because there is a lot being written about Gen Y in the media does not mean that anyone really understands anything. In fact, many millennials are truly unique, and can’t really be meaningfully categorized in any black or white box.

The reality is that millennials were not shaped by just three TV channels – their culture stems from access to millions of different websites and Youtube channels, unfiltered points of view, a wealth of diversity, and recent world events.

And while we don’t want to put millennials in a box, we do like to focus on data. Take away your own conclusions from the following infographic...

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

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Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Aug 11, 2016 8:03 PM

Over educated??  HA The applications I see come accross my desk are absolutley ludicrus.  Ask most of these people several questions such as "Explain an ammortorized mortgage"?  Deer in headlights.  "Talk to me about passive income?"   Hmmm..... Nothing again...Teachers teaching people to be sheep.

venturen's picture

Diplomas are the new participation awards...everyone gets A regardless of capability. 

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) venturen Aug 11, 2016 8:15 PM

Teachers just want the idiot out of their classroom so they can mark off another year closer to retirement.

O C Sure's picture






Education begins at home.

"Education" ends at college.

Where does Zero 'edge think Millennials come from if not Boomers?


cheka's picture

their sat scores differ from the overeducated claim

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) cheka Aug 11, 2016 10:16 PM

Just reading about them makes me sick.

buttmint's picture

...I tried hiring a millenial, egads, what a trip! He didn't know which end of the hammer to pick up. He certainly thought highly of himself.

Not a joke. We switched from finish carpentry to yard work--seasonal maintenance. Yes, it is rote work---which means BEYOND all millenials. Doncha know they demand being entertained 24/7? I pointed out that work is just that---work. "...You can bitch about it all you want, but really---just get into a groove and produce."

They get bored easily after "mastering a task." I finished the day out---paid him and never called him back. He called me and gave me HIS requirements for work Day #2. I had to interrupt him to state I would not be needing his services anymore.

Really, I was babysitting the guy all day. Here's what most boneheads do not understand: you master task A, B, C and D. Sorry---no ribbons for mastering said tasks. The idea is to roll from task A to B,etc. seamlessly. Most Millenials want to stop at the end of Task A to check their fucking phone. No. No FaceBook, no email, no nada. I checked on the guy after he stopped task A---pointed out to roll into Task B. Impossible.

I went and hired a Mexican at half the price and we accomplished much.

"...joke em if they can't take a fuck."

Stuck on Zero's picture

Half of the students graduating from my son's high school class a few years ago wanted to become "activists." Hours and hours of awards ceremonies stretched over three days.  Hundreds and hundreds of awards were given out based upon race, religion, culture, and activism.  The dullest females in the class were accepted to Ivy League schools while the brightest and best males were lucky to get into state schools. It all made me sick.

gmrpeabody's picture

Welcome to the new America.., it ain't gonna get any better.

At least.., till the Free Shit Party falls apart.

HINT... don't hold your breath.

bamawatson's picture

virtual activist
A.I. activist
don't even have to leave mommy's basement

Arturo's picture

So basically people has been socially engineered to be libtards. Is there any other economy where freedom is valued? That's where I want to put my money.

ExplodingEntropy's picture

As a degreed unemployable millenial myself: What he said.

Nexus789's picture

I call them generation template. They think there is a prerformed template for everything. No there is not and you have to work /think to solve problems.

Antifaschistische's picture

I would like to throw the BS flag on the entire notion of "over educated"....this cluster of clowns are over SCHOOLED and hugely under educated.  An MBA today is equivalent to a Junior College degree in 1975.   And an 8th grader from 1940 would blow the doors off today's college graduates in Math, Science or English.

...and to make it that much worse, you can get a PhD degree from a place like Texas Southern University and still not be able to read at a 6th grade level or do 4th grade math....this generation is the only rubber stamp gemeration we have every produced.

AGuy's picture

"I would like to throw the BS flag on the entire notion of "over educated"."

"Over educated" is a relative term. They took years of women studies, art studies, pyschology, and other liberal arts crap. Some actually have masters degrees in this useless crap. As far as educated in usefull employable skills: /dev/null (or for none computer techies: nothing/nada).

I had to laugh when I saw the text: perfer to work collaborative. What they mean by collaborative, is that some does the work and they sit and critiize you and not lift a finger to help.



Bumpo's picture

"Over Educated", but can't change a flat tire, or spell without spell check.

New_Meat's picture

I've mentioned "Parkinson's Law" and "Law of Delay" to three recent MBAs and gotten ... <<duh????>>

Nexus789's picture

MBA = Meaningless, Bullshit, Advice. 

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

There, my friend, is the crux.  We screwed them (debatable, but probably true).  They are going to screw us until we bleed.  Dr. Frankenstein, meet your monster.

de3de8's picture

No.19, 54% have or want to start own business. Kind of meaningless other than only 54% aspire to this goal.

cheka's picture

no teacher can stop a student from learning -- esp in today's internet world

blaming teachers = moronic.  they OFFER an education.  teacher's fault because gov and trayvon can't figure out how to FORCE deadwood to pass the test?  laughable

scholastic achievement is all about motivation - teachers aren't even rounding error


Never One Roach's picture

wer nichts weiß, muss alles glauben!

MisterMousePotato's picture

Some view education as filling a bucket; others as lighting a fire.

Mr. Universe's picture

Education is something you pursue, no one can educate you. Teachers offer knowledge and opportunity, they answer (and encourage) questions and facilitate learning. My own personal education continues every day. Then you mention motivation, I remember the Sarge telling me about motivation in the Air Farce.  Another one of those only you can do it, unless you happen to be a live grenade. "That" the Sarge said, "is motivation".

Allen_H's picture

Like myself, although in my 40s, I spend about 2 hrs/day on weekdays doing tutorials and sharpening my skills, catching up with new program changes, e.t.c. This is learning. Not this .gov sheite that is anti-learning. This month alone I have picked up 3 new video editing programs to learn. And have finally found some time to model in Maya. Learning must never end.

I once walked into a design agency to do a job, they said they worked on Apple, so the night before I watched a half hour video on YT on how the OS works, walked in, done 4 days work without a hitch, and left. Oh, and it was all in German, but I know the programs so well I hardly need to read anything. Just the shortcuts were in different places.

danl62's picture

Well, I believe you are partially correct. I took a Calculus class years ago. The professor really wasn't that adept with the subject. He understood it...kinda. Well one day he had a bad cold and was out for a week. We had a well seasoned mathematics professor sub. He really knew the subject and was able to easily explain the concepts. I learned more from two sessions with the sub than I did all semester with the regular prof. So, the teacher/instructor does matter. 

insanelysane's picture

They have been educated to believe they are educated.  So when Obama says that some bat shit crazy policy of his is a "common sense solution", the millenials that don't know anything but believe they are educated, go along with it because someone in power says it is common sense.

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TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) insanelysane Aug 11, 2016 8:22 PM

It used to be common sense that the way to generate wealth was to spend less than you make, not so much today.  Problem with common sense is that its always changing...

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Common sense does not change. 

The errors of humans trying to achieve it do change.  

ACP's picture


More like over-indoctrinated.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Nailed it. Big difference between those two things.

Supafly's picture

Question 9 gets me.  Of those 92%, were they asked to actually cite one?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Supafly Aug 11, 2016 10:18 PM


money doesn't matter, so they censor half the users.

Lore's picture

Small business and career aspirations seem overblown and too vague.  People will say anything to a pollster, but talk is cheap, especially where IMAGE is concerned. Millennials in my family seem concerned inordinately about IMAGE.  They want to be SEEN to be 'making a difference,' but they're also bloody lazy, throwing good educational and career opportunities out the window in favour of minimal-expectation but image-worthy activity like volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages or serving organic-fair-trade coffee.  Much 'political correctness' and 'sustainability' brainwashing strikes me as glib rationalization and escapism from practical realities and hard work.  And where a parent of previous generations might see the need to kick their collectivist asses and tell them to go out and get real jobs, today's milquetoast boomers are told to support the children for 'pursuing their passion.' 

The central planners's picture

Or over intoxicated with useless bullshit. My sister is studying for english teacher for 4 years now and have ever had an englsih class.

CheapBastard's picture

I was on an HR committee years ago to search for two new hires. The resumes were ridiculous; misspelled words, sparse proper capitalization, pathetic grammar.


I finally voted for the two most qualified people, both Chinese who had poor English but incredible talents and grades. I was color-blind and sought only top qualified people. Sadly, the company was forced to fill an an enforced gubmint "quota" so we were only able to hire one qualified person and one "quota person." No whites or Hispanics made the cut. They were too white or not minority enough to please the PC people.

With this recent Supreme Court case allowing colleges to consider race as a factor in admission, you're going to see lots of very qualified students rejected because they checked off the wrong (politically incorrect) box.

847328_3527's picture


The Chinese are sueing in several states for this reverse discrimination. In fact, even the colleges in China see this bias so they are starting to set up campuses here just as some USA universities are doing in China.

For example, China's "MIT", Tsinghua University, is setting up a campus in Seattle with the help of Uni of Washington. Then their top notch Chinese students will be less at the whim of DC enforced reverse discriminatory practices.

It's an entire new approach to fighting this reverse discrimination against Asians. Gonna get interesting.

Midas's picture

Interesting, but what I don't understand is why don't they build the Chinese Universities in China?  An honest question.

Lore's picture

There are many campuses, with beautiful, modern facilities.  Check out some videos online.

List of Universities in China

Midas's picture

In all my years of using this avatar, yours is the first comment.  If you will excuse me, I will head back to the basement to bash some rats and huff some paint.

ali-ali-al-qomfri's picture

ya, who they gonna cheat off of???

Son of Loki's picture

Someone posted this the other day...very cogent:

...a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant's race is worth.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points,

Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

RAT005's picture

And as I remember 1200 SAT is about the cut off between very good and the rest of the crowd so that's about a 20% handicap between genuine Asian ability and patronized black inability. 

sdmjake's picture

It isn't quite that high...You are thinking of the 'OLD' SAT.

The "new SAT" has a perfect score at 2400 (as opposed to 1600 scale that we took).

So Asians are handicapped by about 2% and Blacks are given a bonus of almost 10%. 

Trogdor's picture

I was accepted to med school out of college.  I scored 12's and 13's on the MCAT, had a double major (Biology and Chemistry) with a 3.95GPA.  Worked as an EMT for two years while going to college.  I *barely* squeeked into med school - and would have had to pay full tuition.  I didn't end up going - I couldn't afford it (no breaks for white males).  Conversely, there were black females who had 2.5 GPA's, scored 5's and 6's on the MCAT, and who had never done anything outside school related to medicine who easily got into med school.  Full scholarships.  Free tutoring, and a stipend.  Requirements for white women weren't much higher (although there were some very bright women).  For this reason, I won't go to a minority doctor and I avoid female doctors.  If I'm paying for it, I want to know the person I'm talking to actually (at least within reason) knows what they're doing.

danl62's picture

Glad to see your real life experiences. I have been saying for the last 20 years that the quality of doctors now(generally speaking) are not what they used to be. I said this is because they had to lower the standards to get blacks into the MD field. Of course, I was labeled as bigoted. Trust your instincts.