While college completion certainly gives you a solid leg up, both in terms of jobs and earnings, it doesn't inoculate you against global wage arbitrage, accelerating labor-saving technology, and high unemployment.
American educators must not lose sight of the monumentally important task that we must achieve with each graduating class, and that is meeting the workforce demands of a 21st Century global economy and preparing students for a prosperous future.
The two-year noncommittal model of recruitment is amazing for attracting high-achieving students, but it is not sustainable for jobs that require a long-term commitment. Just like Goldman Sachs, Teach for America should scale down their two-year program.
When a generation is painted as destined for failure, we eventually find those who steer through the criticism and counter it to become something stellar. However, this can only happen if "Generation Screwed" refuses to accept what they've been handed.
To keep America strong and Americans working, opportunity must flow to everyone. Regions with lower unemployment and greater growth prospects break the ice by finding the connections between innovation, collaboration, and education -- a flow of resources to create, attract, and grow jobs.
Millenials, who grew up in the shadow of the 9/11 attacks and hurricane Katrina, and searched for jobs during a recession, are not only volunteering in record numbers, they are looking for meaningful career opportunities.
I thought I had lost the capacity to be shocked, but I was wrong. Recently, Investors Business Daily reported that for the first time in history, the majority of jobless workers (57 percent) have attended college.
If the idea of beginning your career at a start-up makes your palms sweat, then you aren't alone. According to a recent survey, only 4 percent of 2012 graduates said a startup would be their ideal place to work.