Certainly big business can't bear all of the blame about the unemployment rate among youth, but organizations must begin to invest time and effort into candidates that have promise but may not have 100 percent of the skills or the training that are required.
If employers want to prosper in the market these days you should open your doors to younger, more tech-savvy employees. What we lack in experience, we more than make-up for with our quick learning, resilience, and adaptability.
Punitive measures from the government and "business as usual" from our nation's colleges and universities just won't cut it. Students need a new deal -- a promise of access that can actually lead to a strong future in our nation's workforce.
In my mind, this doesn't indicate we should give up on college for everyone, but it does mean we have to be very careful about what pathways we're sending young people down which don't lead to gainful employment.
To the current youth, who envision all they've ever dreamed going up in smoke due to four years of a crummy economy, I say yes, it may take more time and effort to achieve your dreams than you thought, but don't give up on your heart's desires.