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(August 15, 2011 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Thereís a new buzz going around about kids our age. It would seem that weíre being called the lost generation of children because the economic conditions right now are working against us. Many states are cutting funds for schools and there are some dramatic changes in insurance. Most importantly, those who are a few years ahead of us are having a hard time finding jobs right out of college or high school. That means that weíre likely to have a bit of trouble as well, especially if we donít plan correctly.

The Lost Generation

The young adults just a few years older than us arenít finding the sorts of jobs they expected right out of school. They are often winding up living back at home working part-time gigs or applying endlessly for new jobs without much success. High school kids canít find jobs because the college kids and unemployed adults are snatching up the retail and part-time jobs that we normally would get. Itís a bit unnerving to say the least as I look at graduation creeping closer and closer. There are a few things we can do to pad our chances of being the kids who do land jobs.

College Choices

For a while it seemed like just going to college was all that was required to get a good job. Now the jobs are scarce and companies are looking for very specific sorts of graduates. That means that those of us who havenít started college yet should be looking at the fields where the companies are hiring. You can still get a great degree in psychology, but youíll just have to take your chances on finding jobs since there arenít many companies knocking on the door of psychology undergrads Ė there are few jobs that correlate with the degree, so fewer obvious opportunities.

On the other hand, companies are complaining widely that they canít find enough new engineers or healthcare workers in many fields. Going into nursing or engineering is a lot like hedging your bets. Youíre getting a degree that hiring companies are seeking. That makes you a good match for the jobs that are out there now.

School Now

Of course, most of us have a few years before itís time to graduate and worry about getting a job. In the meantime we need to be making the best of the schooling we have now. With big cuts in education, there isnít as much money to go around in your school and youíll probably start seeing the effects of that sooner rather than later. You might have bigger classes. The hallways might not be freshly painted and some of your favorite school programs might be reduced or even cut.

While sad to see fewer plays put on by the drama club or no lacrosse team at all, itís important to remember that your goal through the school years is to get a great education. Now that schools are under fire, you may have to shoulder more of the responsibility than before. Follow up on your own homework and be sure that youíre taking care of your business properly in the classroom. You may have thirty or even forty kids in your classroom, but it only takes one to learn and improve your education Ė and thatís you ignoring the distractions and focusing on the lessons at hand.


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Miranda_

30/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: September 3, 2011
The problem is actually with university graduates who look down their noses at retail and food service jobs and say, "Um, I've got a degree. I'm not doing THAT"; as if sitting on one's backside and watching TV was a better use of one's degree. -.-

Whereas most adults looking for work have the sense to realise that it doesn't matter, as long as you're getting the money to put food on the table and pay the rent.
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: September 2, 2011
*It was awful, lol, not I! I spent my school days trying to get ready for adulthood, unlike my classmates who's heads were so full of lyrics and parties to attend to care about their futures.
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: September 2, 2011
Sorry for all the random periods...apparently ONE of those words is a bad one???
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: September 2, 2011
This word-filter is incredibly annoying. I don't know what it's catching, but I'm not using prof.anity.

Long story short, since I'm being forced to:

I was part of the "MTV" generation. I was awful. I was looked down upon as a useless pa.rt.y.ing teenager.

While the employment outlook isn't good for ya'll, at the very least you will have a better rep.uta.tion. Something resp.ec.ta.ble, because you have to work hard to get by.

Just keep your hopes u.p, and always try to find an ed.ge. You'll find a career path eventually if you just keep trying.
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