Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

 

I've barely been able to hold a glass of wine since learning about the companies where Millennials actually enjoy working.

The list -- prepared by Great Place to Work on behalf of Fortune magazine -- boggled the senses even more than the current presidential campaign. Google is a lowly No. 25 on this list. Yelp is No. 41. Yelp.

But it's one thing to love working somewhere. It's quite another to dream about working somewhere.

The places we dream about are idyllic. We create pictures of them in our minds, beautiful pictures that stay with us until reality smacks them away.

Thankfully, I discovered a recent list of companies that 15-to-29-year-olds dream of working for.

This list was created by the National Society of High School Scholars, which I believe is not an organization for students who use marijuana to make them smarter.

Those who revere Google will be relieved to know that it topped this list. Could it be, though, that the idea of Google is far better than the reality? After all, coming in 14 places behind Chili's -- which it did in the Fortune list -- was a touch painful.

In the High Schoolers list, Disney comes second, Apple is 4th, Microsoft is 7th, Amazon 11th and Facebook 29th.

Millennials do, then, dream of the West Coast glamor industries. Perhaps they just think it's too expensive to live there.

So they dream as they sit in very pleasant jobs at the likes of Edward Jones and Chili's.

Millennials' dreams are, however, more colorful than might at first appear.

Look closely and you see the FBI at No. 5, the CIA at No. 8, and the NSA at No. 19.

Could it be that the younger generations dream of saving this nation from the clawing grip of intellectual destitution in which it finds itself?

Could it be that they see themselves as saviors, there to protect our nation, give it new life and force Apple to hack iPhones?

Could there actually be a vast spring of patriotism that lives deep inside Millennial minds and is waiting to be called?

Is that, I hear you ask, why so many of them want to vote for Bernie Sanders?

Could it be, too, that these Millennials dream of having jobs they truly care about?

This might explain St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at No. 3, their local hospital at No. 6, the Health Care Services Corp at No. 9, the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at No. 10 and the Mayo Clinic at No. 14.

There's something else about these dream jobs, though, isn't there? They seem to offer both stability and prospects.

There will always be tech, even when the robots boss us around, Trump-like. There will always be bad guys whom we want to root out before they do us damage. There will always be sick people who need help.

And there will always be dream jobs, where we hope to find something that we've never found before and actually be paid for it.

There's nothing wrong with dreaming.

Although wait, you really dream of working at Google, the company that's trying to stop everyone from driving?

Published on: Mar 6, 2016
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