As I have mentioned before, college can be incredibly rewarding but can also be disastrous if rushed into. My next thought is: What happens when you graduate?
It seems to be a common consensus among parents that the best way to ensure a job is to have a degree in the required field.
However, if you were to glance through the job openings list on various websites or in magazines and newspapers, a common listing will be: Entry Level Position; three years experience required.
What the heck? Have these people forgotten the meaning of contradiction?
Although, the truth of the matter is, I’m sure there are plenty of people with more experience than that who would jump at an entry level opportunity, or any opportunity for that matter. So many people have been laid off in the last few years, while others are simply trying to re-locate, that almost any job will do.
In fact, I’m sure I am not the only one who knows someone who was laid off and forced to find a position at Foot Locker or Old Country Buffet when they should be working with autistic children or designing engine parts.
So where does that leave young adults just out of college? At least four years of functional education and a boat load of debt don’t mean as much these days. There are truly brilliant individuals out there who are finding it difficult to flip burgers because they’re over-qualified.
So what happens to them? It’s no wonder so many students are returning home to live with their family after college. When the average apartment costs $600 a month and food usually costs a bit more than that, it doesn’t matter how “cool” it is to live with mom and dad ... it’s necessary.
However, despite the problems with finding employment, there’s still plenty of things that younger generations can do. With that free time, get active. Spend time volunteering and working closely with local government to try and reverse some of these startling trends. Honestly, it’s the only way to get out of the basement.
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