Batch of 2020: Millennial Studies Gone Right?

Though we’re all in these tough times together, the Batch of 2020 happens to be suffering on a large scale because of the added pressure of ‘failure’ that has been strung upon them. Read on to know how they’re coping.

Growing up, we all imagined our college farewell to be a certain way: ethnic clothes, aesthetic pictures, throwing of the grad cap up in the sky. Not going to lie, my dream of going to college was probably solely based on these factors. 

Though the last stroll around campus and group hug with teary eyes is something that this  class definitely missed out on, their goodbyes were indefinitely postponed, and by the seams of it, they might never really happen. The bubble our educational institutions create around us are safe spaces we refuse to leave. Well, the workload being the added pressure, many-a-times we wish our study tenure to just end, claiming that we are ready to enter the real world. But the minute we set one foot outside, is when we realise what we’re really missing out on. 

Millennials were said to be the doomed generation during their pre-adolescent period. To question – how could they say that these toddlers would be the youth comprising  ‘advantage taking good-for-nothing-goons.’ As harsh as it might sound, that’s what people say, and every time each member of this club goofs up, it’s claimed to be nothing but the millennial effect.

The intermittent fasting and only salad and avocado eating generation has supposedly proven all these backdated studies to be true, but the one thing the world fails to notice is that their initiation into adulthood was god forsakenly shadowed by apocalypse.  

The grad trip, sarees and photographs all seem to be extremely superficial when we yearn to address the real question. It’s been days since the end of semester, where is the Batch of 2020 in reality?

“I got offers from firms I worked towards through my undergrad experience. As an employee who was supposed to start in July 2020, and with 3 offers in hand I obviously was at ease during the onset of the lockdown only to know I’d be left unemployed with no one willing to hire.”

A B.Com. Honours Graduate from the University of Delhi

‘Your offer has been rescinded.’ An email with this as a subject is the nightmare for all. Unprecedented times. That’s how we address the world scenario today, an age to remember for generations to come. With a surplus in unemployment all around, how does one expect this batch to cope? 

“Beta, you’ve been back for 4 whole months from uni. Do something, what are you doing sitting home? Find a job, go out there and work.” 

A Political Science Graduate from Kings’ College, London

Though they had the luxury (read: misfortune) of attending their graduation in the comfort of their pyjamas (topped with fanciness of course), like some events took a virtual turn, most aspects of life unfortunately didn’t. 

Living through the great depression and financial crisis, they’ve now dreamed of entering the workforce during the most uncertain time ever. The time with salary and budget cuts, rehire dismantles, the time where letting go of employees is the easiest bet; new hire support happens to be just another pipedream. 

I hate to admit this, but after regretting my gap year for the past 2 years, this pandemic made me grateful for it. Grateful for the fact that maybe the world becomes a better place in a year and a half. Maybe the situation then isn’t half as bad. Selfish is the word that is to be used here. But I won’t lie. 

With friends who have graduated with honours this year, with CV’s ladened with achievements, my “It’ll all become okay soon” dialogues have started lacking conviction. If it will, then when will this pandemic surprisingly disappear? One thing I see in their eyes is the power to strive. The strength they uphold through this uncertainty, the power to still look for opportunities all around. Though I see it, and despite them putting their feet in any and every bucket that pops up in their path, a random adult would appear and say “Hey, didn’t you just graduate? What plans now? No job?”

No, sir. Unfortunately for no fault of the class of ‘20, they’ve been targeted with the millennial failure tag. Are they to blame for the world’s financial crisis? Are they to blame that their countries have inoperable flights that are making them unable to reach their masters degrees? Are they to blame that they were forced to leave everything and somehow make ends meet?

What the Batch of 2020 has that no other batch will ever is the strength, and the urge to survive. The next time you pass a snide remark on yet another unemployed graduate, stop and think for a second. Stop making them feel like they aren’t worth it, or that they should somehow do something meaningful with their lives, because trust me, they’re tirelessly trying.

Trying harder than any of us can even imagine. Imagine having your whole short academic world uprooted suddenly with no scope of going back. Imagine to never meet or see those best friends you made at an international university who you lived with for 4 whole years. Imagine getting your dream job only to know that the offer has been taken back. Imagine having your life (kind of) figured out and then telling yourself that you’ve reached a dead end.

Even imagining these things is hard and gives a sensation of a heart burn. So to you all out their asking the newly graduated batch about their future plans, please try to understand and be nice, because well, as Faye D’Souza said in the ‘Batch of 2020’ documentary, “We’re all screwed.”

 Featured Image Credits: The Indian Express

Sara Bhasin