Just as you can't look to the government for a job, people in our generation increasingly cannot look to it for our retirements. You might have heard it mentioned just a few times last night that the government has to borrow huge amounts of money every year to pay its bills.
While corporate CEOs might say they favor applicants with a broad education, those leaders are largely removed from the hiring process. The people on the front lines of hiring are lower-level managers who want jobs filled by people who can do the work immediately.
We spend four unforgettable years at college making lifelong friends, staying up late and acting spontaneously, so it's no surprise that recent grads enter the work world with the mentality that this is where fun comes to die.
Let's hope that Messrs. Obama or Romney spark honest and inventive conversation with voters about job creation, then how school reform best fits in. If not, our restless college grads might as well keep sleeping in.
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.
For the first time, we will play and race and lift weights with nothing at all at stake. And although the pressure is lifted, so too goes the feasibility of our ingrained state of existence as one at play.
For those of us charged with preparing tomorrow's workforce, we need to embrace this change and begin to innovate at every level to meet the changing expectations among students, parents and the public. One solution we may consider is The Engaged Professional Model.
The complexity of my issue is this: I'm a college graduate, I vote, I pay my own rent and I feed myself (rather delicious food -- thank you, New York City). Still, due to my rather youthful look, I appear younger than I actually am.
What many students don't realize is that the financial mistakes they make in college and soon after, such as not paying their bills on time, can have significant consequences, including negative effects on their employment prospects.
For Gen Y, the issue is not one of inattention, but of indecisiveness. Our lives are measured in increasingly exaggerated definitions of success, and so we have become paralyzed by a choice: Should we be great, or should we be happy?
Stories painting a pessimistic picture for college graduates ring hollow to me. In fact, the students who come through my door are juggling multiple job offers, not complaining about the economy. And the cycle is about to begin again.