I am curious how some “kids” seem to figure out how to get jobs while others don’t. I would guess a lot of it comes down to parents who teach their kids if they want money they need to work for it. I may also guess that those same parents teach their kids that work is a good thing, not bad. I know mine taught me to work early on, and it was never viewed as a punishment no matter what the job was.
I have read that unemployment is low among college grads, although I confess I have not done much research on this. On the other hand, I have heard college kids say there are no jobs available for them when they graduate. I suspect some of that may be their majors, but I submit that some is also the old “I don’t want to do that” syndrome
I have two young friends who exemplify what it may take sometimes to get started in a career. One went to a prestigious college in the Midwest, the other the U of M. Both had lots of talent and could have been kids who would hold out for something “worthy” of their education. But they didn’t, they simply got started at something.
One went to a phone bank for a national corporation, the other went with a consumer finance subsidiary of a large bank. Neither of these jobs would be what I would call “goal” jobs, they aren’t prestigious nor are they very high paying, but each offered advance opportunities.
I highly respect what they have accomplished in a few short years. The phone bank person quickly advanced in the phone bank division and soon became a Vice President and manager. The corporation also paid for her MBA and she has a great career going. The second became a star at the finance company plus learned a ton about how people manage (or mismanage) their persona financial affaire. This guy was put on a fast track with a big promotion looming, but chose to take another position with a firm that he had been in contact with for several years. He parlayed his success into a new position with much more upside for him. He continues to examine the market for what he does although he has received several promotions in his new position. He would say that you should always be looking for opportunity.
I don’t think either of them just gave up on pursuing a dream job, they just got started and excelled at what they were doing. Promotions came and with those promotions they are finding that being aggressive and doing well is a dream in itself.