We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I suspect that many of our readers are seeing this happening around them these days. It is a terrible time to be a graduate, whether of college or of grad school, and this seems unlikely to change any time in the next four years. There will be a glut of job-seekers such that a job - even a job without great career-building prospects - will feel more like a privilege than like an opportunity.
It's sad to see eager talent going unused. What young people in this economy need to do is to ramp up their job-seeking skills to a level of intensity rarely required in the past 40 years, or to make something interesting happen themselves, on their own initiative. Necessity is the mother of invention.
Compared to these youngsters, I feel like I had it easy. And I didn't because I went eight years going from place to place with little kids, never with a real or even semi-permanent home, trying to find my right niche, never making much money at all. Constructing the life or career one dreams of is never easy and often impossible, but it's far more difficult now.
You are right it is worse than it was. Not because of any physical distress or out right poverty, but because there is so little flexibility in the youngster's minds. The credentialism pushed by every sector is so rigid that there is no way to maneuver. You can't even drop out of school.
But there is always hope. I read in the NY Post the other day (delivered to my door in CT and it always raises my spirits) about two recent business grads who started a Xmas tree delivery service in Manhattan. Profitable in it's first year, they will gross $200K this season (they still have their day jobs and hire guys to help).
As always a little optimism and hustle (and less weed) will pay off.
The baby boomers (the flower children, the Me Decade, the Greed Decade, etc), are eating their own children, to keep themselves in the easy lifestyle that their parents had forged after the hard years of the Depression and the War. Face it boomers, you're a bunch of lazy selfish slackers, always have been, always will be. The world will be better off when you have left the building. Unfortunately, you will have left it in ruins with some nasty messes to clean up.
What young people in this economy need to do is to ramp up their job-seeking skills to a level of intensity rarely required in the past 40 years,
Gaah. Every time I see that phrase "job-seeking skills" it makes my skin crawl. Things have gotten so bad in the job market that ofttimes the most important "job-seeking skill" you can have is the ability to lie with a straight face.
"As the year 2011 began on Jan. 1, the oldest members of the Baby Boom generation celebrated their 65th birthday. In fact, on that day, today, and for every day for the next 19 years, 10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65."
Patience children, your time is coming, and fairly quickly. People have a tendency to just look at today and ignore demographics.
And I'm not standing up for the most selfish, self-centered, drug addled, pandering generation yet. Get a good education and stay focused.
For whom did these “young people” vote in the last two national elections? From what I have read here and elsewhere, they voted in large numbers for the socialists that inevitably destroy job creating enterprises.
I agree with Chazz. These losers waiting for people to give them a job are all Obama supporters. How many of these bright and shiny moments are refusing to take jobs that are not "good enough" for them? How many have degrees in baloney or liberal propaganda-aka, etnic studies, art history, which usually mean baloney jobs? What matters is your willingness to take a job and -wait for it-actually work! Most of these losers are in their mommie's basements, smoking weed, where they belong. There are many jobs available-you may need to move to another state to get them or actually work for less money than you think that you are entitled to. You may have to be inconvenienced to get one of them.