I spent years denying my millennial status. Even as I type this, it feels like an apology. Maybe this is because the only words that seemed to be associated with my generation for a long time were negative—“spoiled”, “entitled”, “lazy”, “co-dependent”, “naïve”—and my spoiled, naïve self couldn’t take the criticism.
I spent years denying my millennial status. Even as I type this, it feels like an apology. Maybe this is because the only words that seemed to be associated with my generation for a long time were negative—“spoiled”, “entitled”, “lazy”, “co-dependent”, “naïve”—and my spoiled, naïve self couldn’t take the criticism. Maybe it’s because the generational cut-off technically started in 1982, so the first millennials were appearing while I was in utero.
For years, Austin has been known as the "Live Music Capital of the World." Willie Nelson statues adorn the streets, over 2,000 bands perform at the annual SXSW Music Festival, and local musicians serenade you while you’re in downward dog. While this motto absolutely represents the Texas capital, some of us are working to establish a second global identity: one that symbolizes entrepreneurship, purpose, and creativity.
While our involvement wasn’t obvious at first, it became clear that our program could also help young people by instilling in them the values, skills and healthy work habits to prepare them for a lifetime of career success.
I remember the experience of applying for jobs after graduating from college. It was the summer of 2002 and I had just relocated from Minneapolis to Washington, D.C. I had earned a B.A. in International Relations and while I could wax poetic about Critical Constructivist Theory, none of my college classes taught me to write a clear and concise resume, the importance of networking, or prepared me for a conducting a job search. I relied on the advice and proofreading abilities of my parents and older sibling. Within three months of sending out resumes and leaving messages for employers, I was called in to interview for an entry-level position with an international non-profit organization. My father’s networking, on my behalf, paid-off: his colleague had a friend in a senior level position at the organization. I was hired (and was so relieved).