Question 13 - Writing and Language: Career and Humanities Practice Test for the SAT Exam

Choose the best correction for the underlined word at point (13) in this excerpt from the attached passage.

Although many people like to criticize millennials for their perceived lack of motivation or hard work, millennials simply reply that they are seeking their own path in life. The comfortable stability enjoyed by previous generations is no longer an option for many young adults, (13) so, they are learning to embrace a new way of life. Adventure is replacing comfort, and flexibility is replacing routine. (14) Unlike their parents and grandparents, many millennials simply want a career they can depend on for years to come.

Studies have shown that the newest generations are breaking the mold when it comes to careers and adulthood. Unlike their predecessors, millennials (estimated to be born between the early 1980s to 2000) are showing a higher interest in unique paths of life, flexibility, and travel. This means that jobs with low stress and high flexibility are in demand, while previous generations have sought long-term careers where they could work the typical 8-hour day until retirement. (11)More and more millennials are rejecting the idea of the “American dream” and seeking new ways to find an excellent work-life balance.

The ESL (English as a second language) industry is thriving as millennials graduate from college and (12) will seek a way to live adventurously while making a living. Another popular choice in recent years is blogging and online networking. These types of careers give young professionals the opportunity to work without being tied down to one particular location, and they allow these millennials to save money or pay off their student loan debt. As the student loan crisis only increases in the United States, it’s no wonder many graduates are turning to these new careers.

Many previous generations, such as the “baby boomers,” lived in an era in which jobs were plentiful and company loyalty was the norm. Many professionals of this time worked at the same company for decades before enjoying retirement. Many millennials, on the other hand, faced the economical crisis caused by the housing crash of 2008, making jobs scarce and debt high upon graduation from college. After paying tens of thousands of dollars for a Bachelor’s degree, graduates were disheartened to find that their degree couldn’t earn them a well-paying job soon after graduation. Thus, they were forced to get creative in their careers.

Although many people like to criticize millennials for their perceived lack of motivation or hard work, millennials simply reply that they are seeking their own path in life. The comfortable stability enjoyed by previous generations is no longer an option for many young adults, (13) so, they are learning to embrace a new way of life. Adventure is replacing comfort, and flexibility is replacing routine. (14) Unlike their parents and grandparents, many millennials simply want a career they can depend on for years to come.

Just as every aspect of life evolves through the years, corporate norms are evolving in order to make careers more appealing to the millennial generation who have much different priorities than their predecessors. (15) Soon, jobs that offer little flexibility and inferior work-life balance will be fazed out and replaced with more modern options that fit the current pool of professionals.

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