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Originally posted by nikiano
Here's my advice to all the young people on here who can't find jobs:
Consider yourself lucky that you haven't yet fallen into the rotten trenches of corporate America (or corporate global) and get out and start your own company while you are young and idealistic and still have a lot of energy.
I myself graduated college in the early 90's, where there was a huge recession going on. My freshman year was '87, the year of a big stock market crash. I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up, and my parents pushed me to choose a career where I would have job "stability." Well, I did, but it's such a boring career, it made me nuts, and it still makes me nuts. It's the most boring career in the whole world, to be honest.
Do I have security? Yes. Is it worth it? No.
Instead of looking for a job....ask yourself...."Where do my PASSIONS lie?" Then, follow your passions. That's what I would suggest.
Don't fall into the rut of living for security (like I did) because it takes all the fun out of living.
[edit on 3-9-2009 by nikiano]
Originally posted by GroundZero
reply to post by Distractions4Nothing
I'm sorry, but young Americans are NOT discriminated against in my experience. I live in the MidWest, just so you know. Different regions may have different experiences.
What I have seen(I'm 38) is a severe decline in attitude, conscientiousness, and pride in workmanship in the younger generation. I'm obviously not crazy or have ill-conceived perceptions, because businesses will always "thin the herd" according to their best financial interests. The point is... The better your work ethic and attitude, the better chance you have of retaining employment, advancing in pay and position, and warranting the respect of your employer.
You can preach all you want about what's "right and wrong" about business ethics, but the fact is; You have to play the game according to their rules if want any chance of winning. You can be an "Idealist" forever, and live a life of strife and poverty, or you can compromise a little and actually attain a decent quality of life. Unfortunately, the younger generation expects to have everything handed to them without effort, and as they grow older they are becoming (predictably) disappointed and frustrated with NORMAL LIFE.
In summary, I blame the parents for not preparing their kids for the REAL WORLD. Idealism will only get you so far...
Does anyone else have that overwhelming feeling that something that is going to change mankind forever is on the way soon?
Originally posted by silent thunder
No offence, sir,
[edit on 9/4/09 by silent thunder]
For those concerned with the economic viability of the American family going forward, the plight of young workers, especially young men, is particularly frightening. The percentage of young American men who are actually working is the lowest it has been in the 61 years of record-keeping, according to the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.
Only 65 of every 100 men aged 20 through 24 years old were working on any given day in the first six months of this year. In the age group 25 through 34 years old, traditionally a prime age range for getting married and starting a family, just 81 of 100 men were employed.
For male teenagers, the numbers were disastrous: only 28 of every 100 males were employed in the 16- through 19-year-old age group. For minority teenagers, forget about it. The numbers are beyond scary; they’re catastrophic.
This should be the biggest story in the United States. When joblessness reaches these kinds of extremes, it doesn’t just damage individual families; it corrodes entire communities, fosters a sense of hopelessness and leads to disorder.
The unemployment that has wrought such devastation in black communities for decades is now being experienced by a much wider swath of the population. We’ve been in deep denial about this. Way back in March 2007, when the official unemployment rate was a wildly deceptive 4.5 percent and the Bush crowd was crowing about the alleged strength of the economy, I wrote:
“People can howl all they want about how well the economy is doing. The simple truth is that millions of ordinary American workers are in an employment bind. Steady jobs with good benefits are going the way of Ozzie and Harriet. Young workers, especially, are hurting, which diminishes the prospects for the American family.