I love this article from NPR. In brief, it talks about, and demonstrates, how new college grads are totally unprepared for the realities of what’s facing them as they enter the work world. I realize it was 33 years ago, but honestly, I don’t recall ever feeling this way nor being this naive. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t.
It’s not much to write about as we get to this holiday weekend, but it’s kind of fun. In fact, this kind of sums it up:
“Once I get closer to graduation,” Fogel says, “I would probably be more interested in professionalism, because then I’d be more likely to find a job.”
You know, you’d be shocked how many people my age are thinking exactly the same thing. Let’s take some time off, rest up, and think about this:
Polk says researchers pointed to one area where recent graduates stand out: “There’s a sense of entitlement that we’ve picked up on, where people think they’re entitled to become, let’s say, president of the company within the next two years; they’re entitled to five weeks of vacation.”
Maybe we can all come back a little more rounded and focused on reality. There’s a reason why they call it work!