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WSJ: Generation Jobless

By JLP | November 7, 2011

This morning’s WSJ contained the first article in a series this week on the unemloyment situation for young people. This morning’s article focused on young men between the ages of 25 and 34. The article profiled two young men. Neither of them had a college education (and one has a criminal record). I don’t envy these young men’s situations.

On a recent afternoon, he sat in his parents’ kitchen, combing online classified ads. But construction work remains scarce and other positions available for which he’s qualified don’t pay more than he makes at the factory.

This is what happens in a downturn/recession. Those most at risk are those who have little to offer employers.

My advice:

1. Realize that this is temporary (though it may last a while).

2. Come up with a plan. Maybe get another low-paying job. Go to school. Start a business. Accept anything but the feeling of helplessness.

And please…ditch the PS3 and XBox and PICK UP A BOOK!

Topics: Careers | 2 Comments »


2 Responses to “WSJ: Generation Jobless”

  1. Lindsay Says:
    November 7th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I love your final conclusion: “And please…ditch the PS3 and XBox and PICK UP A BOOK!” This is so true! It’s a shame that the politicians and media of our time try to put all of our young people in a victim mindset instead of teaching them that they have power over their circumstances. They may not be able to orchestrate everything to have their “perfect” life, but that doesn’t mean they are helpless. We can all make choices and, if we’re willing to put in the hard work, make a better life for ourselves.

  2. RC Says:
    November 8th, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Trade school (electrician, HVAC, plumbing) would be a good choice, not going into massive debt for an English degree.

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