Uncertain and Undecided in 2012
CNN.com published a feature on the 2012 presidential election called “The Undecided,” which profiles six types of undecided voters in six different swing states. One of the categories is The Millennial, which is represented by Tyler York, a 25-year-old in New Hampshire:
The Undecided Millennial (CNN.com)
Tyler, who graduated college in 2009, lives with his parents and doesn’t have a full-time job. When it comes to career paths, he’s still “in that process of experimenting,” and he actually turned down an offer to continue a job as an athletic trainer:
Like a lot of millennials, he once saw a clear track: college, career, home, family. Job plans were derailed by the economy, but even as full-time opportunities arose, Tyler turned away from that path. In a noisy, crowded, competitive life, he discovered a quiet moment between youth and adulthood and decided to linger.
I think it’s interesting that Tyler has embraced not having a full-time job when that’s what so many twenty-somethings are struggling for. Tyler does work, though; he has three part-time jobs that span multiple career fields — and if there’s ever a time to explore as many career possibilities as you can, it’s when you’re young and single.
The article also discusses Tyler’s views on the presidential election, which — like his career aspirations — are marked by uncertainty:
In November, for the second time since he’s been eligible to vote, he will walk into the booth as an Independent and cast a ballot for president. His political opinions rock and sway as he learns more; he’s not enthused by Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but he feels an obligation to make an educated choice.
Uncertainty is a strong theme is this article: uncertainty about politics, about careers, about the future. As a twenty-something, I know what it’s like to feel uncertain about what you’re doing and where you’re going in life.
It’s a scary feeling, but it’s also exciting. New ideas, new relationships, and new opportunities present themselves. So I empathize with Tyler for not taking a full-time job, but I hope he’s doing it to explore what he’s passionate about — and not out of fear of committing to a career path or leaving the shelter of his parents’ home.