Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Are you envious of the generation above us? Watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    The generation above us being our parents, basically people between the ages of about 35-65. I think they had it so easy compared to us, and actually easier compared to the generation above them (our grandparents).

    They had free higher education.

    They could fail their A Levels, or get a 2:2 or 3rd in their degree, and still get very well paid jobs - my dad knows a few people who almost failed their degrees and then went on to get 100k+ secure jobs, something almost unheard of today.

    Businesses were so much easier to start up and make decent profit from - most markets these days are so competitive, or are dominated by certain brands, or are saturated markets, the best example of this being the computer software market that Microsoft dominates.

    They were the ones who ruined our planet and created global warming for us and our kids to suffer from in the future.

    They're the ones who can retire relatively early and watch us work until we're 70 or more to pay for their pensions.

    There were many jobs available. For example, my dad could get work as a student whenever he wanted, and he worked in all his holidays. You can't get a job easily these days.

    They're the ones in government who are making us pay for the mess THEY created, just in time for our kids (when we have them) to have a great life. They don't think about us though. Making us pay huge tuition fees when we've not done anything wrong.


    I must have missed a lot of things off (tell me if you think of anymore). I know we have it easier as far as technology goes - our parents didn't have the internet as kids, or computers when they were younger. But these things can cause more harm than good to young people.

    I invite you to discuss these things.
    • Political Ambassador
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    Apparently the baby boomers are the one generation that will take from the system far more than they ever put in.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    My dad got 2 A-Levels, didn't go into higher education, and is now the director for one of the largest insurance brokers in the country. He applied for a graduates job when he was 18 and got it. This was about 20 years ago.. that would have been unheard of today.

    "They were the ones who ruined our planet and created global warming for us and our kids to suffer from in the future."

    ^^ That is a ridiculous statement. The whole premise of global warming is that it has been in a steady process for decades.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    They were the ones who ruined our planet and created global warming for us and our kids to suffer from in the future.

    boo hoo! no-one cares about this damn planet anyway. if it wasn't the generation above that destroyed the planet it would be us. Who cares about a bit of melting ice and polar bears anyway?



    http://www.treehugger.com/assets_c/2...x306-14807.jpg
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by neutralmilkhotel)
    My dad got 2 A-Levels, didn't go into higher education, and is now the director for one of the largest insurance brokers in the country. He applied for a graduates job when he was 18 and got it. This was about 20 years ago.. that would have been unheard of today.

    "They were the ones who ruined our planet and created global warming for us and our kids to suffer from in the future."

    ^^ That is a ridiculous statement. The whole premise of global warming is that it has been in a steady process for decades.
    ok, let me put it this way - they have contributed the most to global warming, more than any other generation. you just have to look at graphs of carbon emissions to see the exponential rise that took place in the 50's all the way through to the 90's.
    • Offline

      13
      (Original post by robotwars)
      ok, let me put it this way - they have contributed the most to global warming, more than any other generation. you just have to look at graphs of carbon emissions to see the exponential rise that took place in the 50's all the way through to the 90's.
      Please don't believe those bull**** statistics. :rolleyes:

      Anyways, on one hand, I'm not envious, I just take it as it is.
      Offline

      11
      ReputationRep:
      (Original post by Aaargh)
      No it isn't, it's the premise that the last 50 years have been more damaging for the planet than the rest of human existence put together. It's a period that's been largely presided over by the baby boomers, and the real work and innovation has been left for everyone else to do now that they're steadily retiring to their massive pensions and property portfolios.
      It's been unavoidable with all the advances in technology, and also the need to burn more fuels because of the increase in the population. We've only know about the alternate power up until recently.
      Offline

      15
      ReputationRep:
      Yeah, little bit. But then again the education I get a school is far better than anything my Mum had and so I'm pleased with that
      • Thread Starter
      Offline

      0
      ReputationRep:
      (Original post by BookWormShanti)
      Yeah, little bit. But then again the education I get a school is far better than anything my Mum had and so I'm pleased with that
      education doesn't mean an awful lot in the grand scheme of things.

      sure, you may get that bit extra quality teaching on your English degree, and that may mean you learn that certain Shakespeare play in a bit more detail, but when you're flipping burgers in McDonald's, living with your parents at 30, still not paid off your student debts, can't get a decent job, and gathered a mere 10% towards your first house, you'll be wondering why the hell you wanted that education in the first place.

      Offline

      15
      ReputationRep:
      (Original post by robotwars)
      education doesn't mean an awful lot in the grand scheme of things.

      sure, you may get that bit extra quality teaching on your English degree, and that may mean you learn that certain Shakespeare play in a bit more detail, but when you're flipping burgers in McDonald's, living with your parents at 30, still not paid off your student debts, can't get a decent job, and gathered a mere 10% towards your first house, you'll be wondering why the hell you wanted that education in the first place.

      I don't think it's got quite so dire that the most this current generation can aspire to is burger tossing... :rofl: And anyway, what happened to learning for the joy of it? I can't really predict how likely I am to gain a good job when I graduate if that's not going to be for another 6-7 years. It seems a shame to worry about it and bemoan the fact I'm not a member of a generation I can never be when there are countless advantages to being me, right now, which I'm finding very enjoyable!
      • Thread Starter
      Offline

      0
      ReputationRep:
      (Original post by BookWormShanti)
      I don't think it's got quite so dire that the most this current generation can aspire to is burger tossing... :rofl: And anyway, what happened to learning for the joy of it? I can't really predict how likely I am to gain a good job when I graduate if that's not going to be for another 6-7 years. It seems a shame to worry about it and bemoan the fact I'm not a member of a generation I can never be when there are countless advantages to being me, right now, which I'm finding very enjoyable!
      its not the only job the current generation can aspire to, I agree. but if you take a lesser degree, say Media compared to Engineering, you won't stand as much of a chance for a good job as the previous generation would have done.
      Offline

      1
      ReputationRep:
      Well I am now!
      Offline

      15
      ReputationRep:
      Not really - education may have been free and all, but it was far more class based (not many working class people would have gone at all). My mum didn't go, whereas if she was my age today it's almost certain she would be the type to go.

      Plus our parents were getting their first jobs in like the 80s; a time of (more obvious) racism and sexism in the workplace. No thanks.
      Offline

      0
      ReputationRep:
      The world is messed up, jobs are competitive as hell but that makes it so much better don't you think? I like a challenge
      Offline

      2
      ReputationRep:
      I'm just jealous of the housing situation! Like I'm ever going to be able to afford my own place!! They have definately been luck in many respects!
      • PS Helper
      Offline

      2
      ReputationRep:
      No I am not jealous, because that generation now have wrinkles whilst my face is line-free.
      Offline

      2
      ReputationRep:
      They got more pussy than us
      Offline

      8
      ReputationRep:
      You don't seem to know much about postwar austerity: ration books (till 1954), mass unemployment, mass walkouts and the three day week (and the winter of discontent, for example), the decline in traditional industries, weekly visits from debt collectors (a common experience) etc etc hardly anyone went to university.

      The stuff about microsoft and global warming is just weird.
      Offline

      0
      ReputationRep:
      (Original post by Dekota-XS)
      They got more pussy than us
      Hard to find juicy ones. :mad:
     
     
     
  1. See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  2. Poll
    What newspaper do you read/prefer?
    Useful resources
  3. See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  4. The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.