As much as I like my Latino roots, there’s a trend that I’d rather not see stay forever in this country, and that is the increasing numbers of young adults who go through the grueling four, five, or more years of college education, only to find themselves back at home without any prospects for steady income; or worst, starting their careers underemployed.
The U.S. is starting to look more and more like the Latin America of the 80′s. And that is not a compliment.
I read in my local paper that the number of young adults ages 20 to 24 in the USA who live with their parents is at 45 percent; 1.7 million more than in 2005.
Our family is going through such situation. As a parent, this is not what we’ve envisioned for our grown-up children. It’s miserable and unfair to see a bright and motivated professional taking a night shift at a gas station because “that’s the only job I could find, mom.”
I cringe at the thought and start wondering, will this be her life? Is this the beginning of a terrible journey?
This is not what my husband and I had in mind when we left our country, when we sacrificed everything to “make it in the USA.”
He and I accomplished the American Dream; but, what about the children? Is getting a college degree these days an exercise in futility?
Everyone says that a degree is necessary to make it in this country, and I agree… but where are the jobs for these young adults? Where is the support system to bridge them from college to adult life?
There are many encouraging words and mushy good feelings that come with that diploma. There are tears, politicians making promises and dead end leads. What I have not seen is true networks of interested adults that will mentor and help the millions graduating from college each year secure a job in their field of interest.
Once they graduate, all those people become only words in the air. And parents are left to keep on paying college tuition debt and to carry the expense of sheltering and feeding the teen that grew into adulthood and came back home.
I love my kids, don’t take me wrong, I do like to have them around; but I want them to start enjoying what we have enjoyed for so many years as immigrants who fully developed professionally in this country.
As the United States of America celebrates one more anniversary of its Independence, let’s make sure we make those jobs available to our college-degreed new professionals; let’s help them start their path towards their American Dream.