Is 30 the new 20?

This TED talk does a great job of depicting the challenges that many of the millennials I work with face today. In it, Psychologist Meg Jay, a UC Berkeley graduate and adult development specialist, offers an empathetic and inspirational bit to those in their twenties. She talks about how even though we’re seeing a trend in young adults taking longer to get married, have kids, or start a satisfying career, there is still a lot that young people can do for their futures today.

“… claiming your 20s is one of the simplest yet most transformative things you can do for work, for love, for your happiness … maybe even for the world.”

The only critique I have for this TED talk, though, is that it does not go into as much depth around the new challenges this generation faces compared to past generations (i.e. rising costs of health care and education, sky rocketing levels of student debt paired with the rising demand/necessity for graduate degree completion, increased competition in the work force, etc.). In neglecting to do so, this topic can go down a slippery slope of seeming like young adults are unmotivated or clueless rather than overwhelmed and lost.

Here is another link to more great TED talks on the millennial generation.

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