It's a struggle for young professionals getting started in 2019, and no show is representing that truth with more punch than Good Trouble. The challenges Callie and Mariana face in the workplace touch on so many real issues millennials deal with — and no, it's not all oat milk flat whites and avocado toast.
Sexism is still happening, people.
This isn't an outdated issue — especially in male-dominated career fields like tech. From the very first day at her new job at Speckulate, Mariana is excluded and patronized because she's a woman, even though she has a degree from MIT.
Women have to work harder to get recognized.
Jobs that are supposedly meritocracies don't always work that way. Mariana and all the other female engineers have to go above and beyond to prove themselves and get noticed. It's not fair, but it's the reality for a lot of women.
If you rock the boat, it can get you in trouble.
Some people say that if you're having workplace woes, you just need to stand up for yourself. But when Mariana tries to take initiative and show her team what she's capable of, she gets in trouble for not following instructions. When the people in charge of you don't want you to succeed, it feels like a no-win situation.
Burnout is real.
Even if you're good at your job and doing something you believe in, the demands of being constantly on call and under pressure can be overwhelming. Callie's job as a law clerk requires her to be available at all hours, and she was terrified of being fired after missing a Saturday night call from her boss. No wonder millennials are so anxious.
Competitive environments are draining.
Cut-throat attitudes and a work environment that pits colleagues against each other can make an already stressful job even more isolating. It's hard to know who to trust, who is a friend, and who is just trying to cut you down.
Having morals causes dilemmas.
Millennials care about how their jobs affect the world, and that can make finding the right job even harder. Callie has to reconcile her progressive politics with working for a conservative judge, and the more ethical path is usually the tougher one.
Work culture — and happiness — matter.
Just because a job looks shiny and exciting on the surface doesn't mean the actual workplace environment is going to be healthy or equal. And even if you're making six figures or climbing the ladder, getting through each day can be a huge struggle. If you're not happy, it matters, and something has to change.
But there's hope where there's love.
Callie and Mariana have each other as a support system. And what's more, they've got the drive to make the world a better place — a passion all millennials share. Something tells us the Adams Foster ladies are going to do just fine.
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