A lost generation?
December 22, 2013 @ 12:34 pm
posted by Barry Sideroff

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So we’ve made it through another year and are still standing. Some have continued on the path they’ve been on, and some have travelled new paths to discovery and opportunity.

At points in your career, I’m sure you’ve had old doors close and new doors open. I’m writing today about a new generation, individuals just as bright and just as energetic as were we when we entered the job market, having difficulty opening their first doors.

Graduates from top schools, particularly those who’ve studied technology or finance, or those with connections at senior levels, are doing all right. In fact, they’re actually doing quite well making more than we could have possibly imagined when we first started.

But many recent grads have not been so fortunate. They are often saddled with very high debt. Many have not had luck finding a meaningful job with any sort of potential. Some have jobs and are paying their way, but hate what they do and are disillusioned.

We’ve read that this is the first generation that does not expect and will likely not do as well as its parents. And, given the delays and false starts many are experiencing, they will likely suffer the effects of what they are going through for years to come.

I’m pretty lucky that both of my kids are doing okay. They’re not making tons of money but love what they do. My daughter is a bone marrow transplant coordinator at a major cancer center in New York and my son, a production assistant at a major broadcast network. They both find themselves in careers that are fulfilling which they will likely stick with for a while.

But many of their friends have not been so lucky. Some are making good money but absolutely hate their jobs. Some are making no money at all but love what they do. Some, for whatever reason, have not yet found their way.

About two years ago, one of my son’s good friends came to me for advice. I guess it was good advice because another approached me shortly thereafter seeking the same. Today, I’m coaching several on a fairly frequent basis.

The advice I’m giving covers all sorts of topics… how to monetize a website, build a solid resume, explore new areas of opportunity… those kinds of things. What I’m liking about this is that much to my amazement, they find me to be relevant and, I know they are benefitting because they keep coming back for more.

So as the new year approaches, if you’re looking to make a resolution, why not resolve to make a difference by making yourself available to a recent grad, or a vet, to lend a hand, advise and suggest, and if you can, open a door or two. I’ve found this to be one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done in a really long time. I’m sure you will too.

A lost generation? Not if I can help it.

Wishing you and all those you love a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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