Lol I can't agree more. When I was taking classes to become an EMT and taking a couple introduction to firefighting classes, the students were ridiculous. Pink hair, facial piercings, mohawks; the teachers were all old paramedics and firefighters. They told all these kids, look, you need to change that shit, or you're never gonna get a job in this industry..no old lady wants to call 911 and see a guy with a green mohawk and a giant nose ring get out of an ambulance. These kids would snicker and say that their appearance doesn't matter. In my three years as an EMT, did not see anybody that looked like those kids.
I can't imagine the professional world would be any better. Maybe I'm just prejudice myself but, and I'm only 25, but if I was hiring someone for a position, and I had a choice between someone who was clean cut and someone with pink hair and a nose ring (assuming they were equal in education and what not), I'm picking the former.
Now that I went back to school, and surrounded by this ridiculous mindset again and it's just outstanding to me that these kids can be so oblivious and think things like their appearance doesn't matter. They really think everything's just going to be handed to them. As Adam Corrola said, we're dealing with the first wave of participation trophy kids.