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Home > Blog > I Got a Job: (Pick one) Hooray/Damn
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005 1:02 PM
I Got a Job: (Pick one) Hooray/Damn
Kevin Salwen on Passionate Work

A survey of recent and soon-to-be college grads offers an interesting glimpse into the young workforce. First of all, they are fairly optimistic about getting work: Of the 1,600 respondents surveyed by consulting firm Accenture in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Spain, six in 10 who are not working full-time said they anticipate beginning a full-time job within six months, and only 20% believe it will take more than one year to find a job.

But here's the interesting part to me: Only about a third (37%) are 'extremely' or 'very' confident that those jobs will meet their expectations. So, they're going to leap into jobs, but know even before saying yes that those jobs are likely to be less than fulfilling. Paying dues? Sure. But whatever happened to the idealism of youth???


2 comments

fredd - 6/9/2005 8:06:43 AM
Only about a third (37%) are 'extremely' or 'very' confident that those jobs will meet their expectations. So, they're going to leap into jobs, but know even before saying yes that those jobs are likely to be less than fulfilling'.
No...they don't 'know' that the jobs are likely to be less than fulfilling. They just don't know whether they will be fulfilling or not. And there's nothing wrong with that....they've got to get in the game before they can really make any worthwhile judgements about it. And as a college grad, the number one thing you have to keep at the front of your mind is that your early work years are aboout figuring out what turns you on, what you're good at, what makes you happy.It's an interesting time because you start to see that what you thought is your dream job really isn't. Or what you thought was blah is really what you were born for. There is much to be said for the suck it and see approach. Unfortunately, we are born into a society which says that you must be focussed, you must have a five year plan to get into consulting, or finance or medicine or marketing or whatever, when we really don't know whether those are right for us.
Here's to experimentation....
Chris Bailey - 6/8/2005 8:57:32 PM
This is the generation who experienced downsizing and the end of the tacit corporate labor agreement through their parents. They also witnessed accounting scandals and the dotcom meltdown as college students. Nothing wrong with idealism, but how does it serve them in today's workplace? Until my generation (I'm in my 30s) and older generations create meaningful work and treat employees with respect (just for a start), our current group of graduates have every right to be wary of their first job.

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