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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Who wants to work?

A college diploma doesn't signify academic training or job readiness any more, writes Mitch Daniels, former president of Purdue and governor of Indiana in a Washington Post op-ed. He puts most of the blame on young people who don't want to work very hard.

Employers are looking for once taken-for-granted qualities such as "punctuality, the reliability to show up each scheduled workday, any sense of the responsibility to perform productively and honestly," he writes.

The Millennial Job Interview video is a little too close to reality, he writes.

In a recent survey, nearly 40 percent of college-educated young professionals said their college did not "prepare them for the emotional or behavioral impact of the transition to the workplace.”

"Surveys of those entering college almost invariably report that the No. 1 reason given for enrolling is to increase their earning potential" and prepare for success in the world of work, Daniels writes. "The coddling culture that has grown up at too many schools" isn't helping them achieve their goals.

Fewer teenagers are taking part-time jobs these days, so they have less opportunity to learn how to get along with a difficult boss, co-workers and customers. Teens should be encouraged to work with adults in the real world before they enroll in college, writes Glenn Harlan Reynolds.

Here's another video:

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Where do college students get the idea that they can sit around and do nothing as a job? How about college work-study? Walk around campus: many do nothing and get offended when asked to perform their nominal duties. Paying attention? Last semester, I went to the registrar's office to submit an incomplete grade. A work-study student was at the counter; all they are supposed to do is collect any forms that are brought in or hand out ones requested. The little bell on the door rang when I walked in. I am a big boy, 6'2" & 250. I stood in front of the counter for 3-1/2 minutes (clock was on the wall directly opposite). Student did not look up…



That Millennial video is 5 yrs old so fits Millennials. But Millennials are 27-42 in 2023. They took their time but are starting to "adult" simply to survive. Gen-Z on the other hand are even less likely to work a job as a teenager and less likely to be exposed to good role models in their professors.

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