It's easy to overstate this, of course, but seems like young people -- some young people, anyway -- are facing the uncertain economy with rational flexibility. They're becoming more entrepreneurial. They're hustling more. Even if they already have a job. From Forbes.com:
Millennials are both working several jobs simultaneously and sequentially. Nearly one in four (22%) expect to work at six or more different companies during their professional lives, according to DeVry University and Harris Interactive. Only 28% expect to work for fewer than three employers during their careers.
In other words, a lot of young employees have "side jobs," or outside projects, that they work on in their spare time. And maybe even on company time:
There are both challenges and opportunities for companies reacting to this multi-careerism generation. “There are three ways you can handle it,” says [Ross] Martin [of Viacom’s trend-spotting and innovation division, Scratch.] “You can shut it down, ignore it, or embrace it. I get that [employers] think, ‘If I pay you and give you a desk, I expect you to do the job. I don’t want to hear you are doing something else.’ But what happens when that employee is more effective and productive with the side hustle?” Martin says employers need to see multi-careerism as an opportunity, and not as competition.
At the same time, multi-careerism raises some corporate complications for employers, including divided loyalties, scheduling priorities, and conflicts of interest. As such, many traditional companies err on the side of deterrence. Many employers require their workers to receive permission before seeking another job. Other HR departments don’t officially ban other endeavors, but they place restrictions on maintaining them.
What this suggests is that young employees realize that their future has more to do with their own entrepreneurial activity than the stability of their employer or industry. It suggests that more and more young employees see themselves as individual small businesses operating under contract with a larger entity. So you don't work for an insurance company. You work for yourself, and you're currently -- maybe temporarily -- contracted to an insurance company.
That also suggests that more and more young people are going to start thinking and voting Republican.
Or am I dreaming?