I won't agree that all 20-somethings are like this. I'm on the "younger" side, I suppose (I'm 30, although I FEEL like an old fart
), and I work with several younger nurses, most of whom have a great work ethic. It's very refreshing. I see the entitlement attitude in the age group behind these young nurses....those that are preteens and teenagers now.
For me, I've worked since I was 15, and did babysitting and had a paper route from age 12. In those days, a paper route involved getting up at the crack of dawn EVERY weekend morning! I kept it until I was able to get a part time job, along with spending my summers babysitting full time. I've only ever known working, my dad was STRICT with money and wouldn't even "lend" us kids 50 cents for a soda without charging interest (if he did it at all...his favorite line was, "how do I know when I'm going to be paid back?"....seriously!). I wasn't involved with after school activities, because I had to get to work right after school....in fact, I think I missed out on a lot (but I needed to earn money if I wanted anything!). I had to get my own school loans and work while I was in college, hence having an ADN rather than a BSN (my dad never helped me out with anything, and my mom couldn't afford to). It makes me appreciate where I am, though.
I don't think it's wrong if kids DON'T have part time jobs in order TO participate in after school activities, but most these days don't learn the value of working and earning what you have, everything is handed to them. This translates in to the kind of "adult" employees they become, they feel they "deserve" so much because they've never learned any differently. My nephew plays football, so this takes up a lot of his afternoon time (he isn't old enough to work at all yet, but it would be hard for him when he does get to that age). However, he knows that if he wants some extra money to buy something, he has to earn it...he'll mow my lawn for 5 or 10 bucks, for example. He knows he has to save those earnings to buy something "big" (his most recent purchase was an iTouch, earned with several chores, birthday money, etc). More kids need to be taught this, I think, in order to become good employees when they join the workforce.