Millennials Reveal The 15 Worst Advice And Wisdom They’ve Heard From Baby Boomers

Chela Mibei
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If you’re a millennial, you’ve probably received some well-intentioned, if somewhat misguided, pearls of wisdom from the baby boomer generation. And if you’re a baby boomer, you’ve likely dished out some of these nuggets yourself, convinced they’re as golden now as they were in your heyday. But let’s face it, times have changed, and some of this advice no longer cuts the mustard.

Here is what Reddit millennials have to say on the worst advice and wisdom baby boomers have given them.

Surviving a Toxic Work Environment

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“My first retail job, any time I complained about customers or coworkers to my father, I would get, “You just have to suck it up. It builds character, and you’ll always have something you don’t like about your job or coworkers.” 

Being Broke Shouldn’t Stop You From Having Babies

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“Babies just need love, not money.” Sorry, Mom, no grandkids until I have a job with a decent paycheck and less student debt.”

Don’t Go into Computer Science

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“I guess I’m on the old side of the millennials, but I had numerous people tell me not to go into computer science and instead go into some other engineering field because computer scientists didn’t make good money, wasn’t a good job, not a good fit, etc. I’m glad I didn’t listen to them, as I now earn an excellent salary. Why would I take advice on entering a high-tech field from people who can barely use a computer?”

To Keep a Man, Get Pregnant for Him

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“I was once told by a baby boomer, “If you want a man to stay with you, you’ll have to pop out a baby” (or words of that effect). I told her, “Any man who would stay for our baby, but not for just me, isn’t a man who I’d want staying in the first place.”

“Is it really that unusual for me to want to be loved for who I am and not for my ability to procreate? Why would I want to stay with anyone who sees me as nothing but a human incubator?”

Millennials Are Entitled

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“My boss recently told me my generation was entitled and began quoting various articles on how we all think we’re special and exempt from criticism. As I was shoveling a dead rat out of the doorway.”

Look for a Job in Person

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“Have you tried going in person and giving them your CV?”. This was when I was looking for graduate schemes with multi-step application processes, usually CV upload > online tests > phone interview > interview/assessment day > sometimes a second interview. Walking into the building with a piece of physical paper would not have helped, but my parents thought it was my fault that I didn’t have a job yet because I didn’t do that.”

Buy a House While Young

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“Your generation doesn’t understand that you must buy a house as young as possible to pay it off quickly.” No, old man, we get it. We’re broke, making 1/3 of what you do in the same workplace.”

Get a ‘Real’ Job

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“McDonald’s isn’t a real job. This is what uneducated people do,” then proceeds to order from the menu as if they didn’t just attack you for working at McDonald’s.”

College Is a Must

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“Just go to college even if you don’t know what you want to do.”. Another Redditor adds, “My parents convinced me to do this. I’ve wasted thousands of dollars a year for the past 3 years in college because I don’t know what I want to do. At this point, I’m just going to get an Associate in General Studies and move on.”

Find a Job Through a Temp Agency

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“Temp agencies will get you sustainable work. Why are you looking online for jobs when there are temp agencies?”

Get a Master’s Degree

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“Get at least a master’s degree so you can be successful.” Sure, a degree helps, but coming out of school with massive debt is not the greatest thing to do. My parents owned a home when they were 25 and 23. They didn’t have to worry about having 40k in student loans.”

Interracial Relationships Don’t Work

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“Dad told me when I was young that interracial relationships would never work. He said, “There’s a reason the blackbirds are with blackbirds and the red birds are with the red birds. It’s just nature.” I’ve been with my ethnically different girlfriend for a long time now. Probably the best person I’ve ever met.”

Find a Wife

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“Find a woman you can stand, and start a family with her as soon as possible. You’ll grow to love each other. That’s how me and the wife did it.” – my late 50s coworker when I was 17.”

Turn Your Hobby Into a Job

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“If you turn your favorite hobby into a job, you’ll never work a day.” It may work for some people, but I have heard so many people say that doing this has just turned their hobby into work they dread doing. It can become a chore when you’re forced to do something to pay for your living. It’s okay to have a slight separation between passion projects and careers, IMO.”

Marriage Advice

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“Marry your people out of culture and god.” Little did they know I was a Muslim turned Atheist and hated how the women in my country were treated as housewives instead of actual people.”

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    Chela excels in crafting insightful pieces, drawing from her background in finance and commerce. Her passions for reading, travel, writing, and volunteering enrich her contributions.

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