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.
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.
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.