Would You Hire an Angry, Entitled Snowflake?
Or…is a diploma from PCU worth the parchment it’s printed on?
By Ric Wasley
June 19, 2017
It’s graduation time across the country and among those freshly minted entrants into the adult workplace will be who knows how many unfortunate recipients of an educational system that has force fed them a steady diet of entitlement. Even worse, recipients of this system have been saddled with the debilitating baggage of being taught to complain, cry, and protest any thought, deed, or opinion that does not conform to the bewildering and constantly changing rats nest of rules that comprise political correctness.
And let me be perfectly clear. I do not blame these young graduates. It is not their fault. They did not choose to be indoctrinated any more than did young Germans, Russians, or Chinese choose to be brainwashed by totalitarian regimes that taught them to hate and fear all other thoughts and opinions that diverged from the orthodoxy of the rigid, closed-minded partisans who propagated it.
Thank God my kids all graduated from college before the days of safe spaces, comfort ponies, and trigger warnings. Because if I had been forking over tens of thousands in tuition and all my kids knew how to do upon graduation was huddle in the basement feeling aggrieved and entitled, I would be demanding an immediate refund!
And again let me stress - I don’t blame these kids. They didn’t attend college to be brainwashed - they didn’t have a choice. In most cases it was the stark option of 'regurgitate or fail.'
Pity those kids who were conservatives or who were so blessed with the spirit of curiosity that they just couldn’t accept indoctrination and chose to question and fight back. In addition to risking failure they were often bullied, ridiculed, and ostracized for their courage. But upon graduation they took away from their learning experience one thing that their less independent peers did not - the ability to question, analyze, decide and ultimately think for themselves.
So if you were looking to hire a trainee or new, young ambitious employee, which would you go for?
The pampered, pouting, angry snowflake, quick to take offense and wander through the workplace insuring everyones compliance with the politically correct directives of the day, like some junior commissar of old?
Or a bright young kid who can roll with the many punches and setbacks which are a part of the real world and come up grinning with a solution?
Yeah - me too.
June 6, 2017
Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”
Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.