How Millennials Are Beating the Odds in the Unemployment Game

'Generation Job: The Pursuit to Find Better®,' the new documentary from pivot and Monster®, provides insight in to how young people are finding jobs in today's tough market.
Jan 24, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Eve Epstein is the VP of Programming at TakePart

Q: What's worse than the current unemployment rate?

A: The unemployment rate among Millennials.

More than a third of people between the ages of 20 and 33 are unemployed, and nearly 22 million still live with their parents. It's the sort of situation that could too easily lead to generation-wide low self-esteem, rampant gloom, and a sharp rise in the number of irritated parents who've had to postpone plans to turn their grown kids' bedrooms into a home gym.

But in the midst of what could be a serious case of demographic doldrums, there are rays of hope. (This is the "Next Greatest Generation" we're talking about, after all.) Generation Job: The Pursuit to Find Better®, a new documentary from Pivot, provides a window into the career aspirations of four such young people, all of whom remain inspired, optimistic, and creative in their quest to find career nirvana.

Entrepreneurial BFFs Shala and Tiffany have plans to start their own business; Lisi, an S.F.–based visual designer, is looking for ways to make a more meaningful contribution. And Allah Jesus refuses to be held back by a disability in his quest for a creative director role. Their struggles and triumphs will ring true for anyone who's ever dared to dream bigger.

They're also a reminder to us all not to give up on the job market—and on ourselves.

Generation Job: The Pursuit to Find Better® premieres on Jan. 27 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT on Pivot.

TakePart’s sister TV network, Pivot, produced Generation Job: The Pursuit to Find Better®, presented with support from Monster®.