a spirit of responsibility in an age of opportunity

Today’s college graduates are often called the boomerang generation, a reference to their tendency to return home after graduation. I often joke with students about this, suggesting that they get their resume and job search in gear early so they won’t end up living in their parent’s basement.

It’s no joke, unfortunately, as I indicated in the essay that led off this series. Good jobs are scarce, and even if the economy improves they are lots of more qualified people waiting in line. A sense of entitlement complicates things, since it often means recent grads are waiting for the job to come to them. It won’t.

There is lots of advice out there, but I would suggest the most important is to quit watching old TV shows on Hulu and find something to do. And I don’t mean anything to do. I mean something important to do.

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it’s a jungle out there

In a “Lament for the Class of 2010,” satirist Joe Queenen pulls no punches. Let’s just say it’s not funny.

He argues that a Pilgrim toddler had better prospects, since at least the economy was expanding. And he backs up his concerns with more than jokes and anecdotes. Two million college graduates are out of work and the unemployment rate for 24 year-olds is 17%, almost twice the national average.

They are entering a labor market that neither wants or needs them, “a world where they will compete tooth and nail for jobs as waitresses, pizza delivery men, file clerks, bouncers, trainee busboys, assistant baristas, interns at bodegas,” he says. Continue reading “it’s a jungle out there”