The ‘c’ word

Today’s college graduates want a part-time, short-term, fun job rather than a career, says the Christian Science Monitor.

Even when the job market is sizzling, many new college grads want to let their career decisions percolate for a while before committing. Whether they’re simply eager for adventure or concerned they’ll make the wrong choice, their ranks appear to be growing.

“One of our most popular workshops is, basically, ‘What can I do after college besides work full time or go to grad school?’ ” says Kathy Sims, director of the UCLA Career Center.

The word “career” scares students, says one career center director. They don’t want to commit to a career. They just want to hook up with a job.

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  1. superdestroyer says:

    I just love the poor reporting. The story reports from one of the most liberal, whitest universities in the nation and basically is addressing the career habits on upper middle class white students who are being supported by their parents.

    I would believe the article much more if it said that rich white students want to goof off after graduation and do not want to start on their careers because many of them do not have very good career prospects.

    I wonder how many graduating college students named Patel, Kim, or Chang are taking a couple of years off after graduing.

    This is the same stupidity that claims that college students get their news on current events from Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. I always wonder how many Howard University students watch Jon Stewart?

  2. UCLA is not majority white or even plurality white. Asian-Americans are the largest group. UVM is about as white as a university can get.

    That said, I’m sure students from low-income and working-class families are eager to get into the workforce and can’t afford to experiment and explore. My daughter’s UCLA roommate freshman year — a Chinese immigrant from a low-income family — was shocked that Allison didn’t have her career path completely set. The roomie was a very hard-working engineering major.

  3. I assume they did not include business students in this survey.

  4. Well, who gets a career for life? Even an engineer needs to retrain. These kids have seen their parents put in 35 years with the big corporation, at middle or higher level management and then–hostile takeover, downsizing and you’re out of a job.

  5. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘The word “career” scares students’

    I think the word that scares them is ‘work’.

  6. Indigo Warrior says:

    From KateC:

    These kids have seen their parents put in 35 years with the big corporation, at middle or higher level management and then–hostile takeover, downsizing and you’re out of a job.

    Good point.

    While some kids are lazy and foolish, others have seen and heard horror stories of the corporate world (often from their own parents). Someone pours his heart, soul, and life into his work, 14 hours a day for Crom knows how many decades, only to be fired, downsized, outsourced, blacklisted, set-up for a stupid bigoted PC-based lawsuit, or worse. This isn’t good for the morale of the nation. I can’t blame modern youth if they feel McDonalds offers more real job security than a professional career, for far less risk and sacrifice.

  7. Gayl K says:

    Well I am 35 and I am willing to work very hard. I have had so many career changes/directions that I don’t even know how to count them any more. The only constant is change. However my eventual goal now is that I am starting my own business for my inventions. I will always keep a strong interest in education and some of my invention ideas relate very strongly to education. The fact that I have experience in the private sector, the public sector, the education sector, the legal sector, the technical and science sector, in-between, and etc. (Yikes!) has really helped me to better understand what to focus on with my invention ideas.