I've discovered through deep thought and extensive research (talking to my friends) that most of us recent graduates are not all that stoked about our post-college lifestyles. It's not all that bad (especially for those of us who have jobs), just less spontaneous and exciting.
I read a press release today at work on the subject. According to the author, "Anti-career attitude of today's college grads is a 'tough act' being used to hide real concerns. Lack of proper coping skills and an intense fear of personal failure are forcing some Gen Y to seek professional help."
Some other interesting points in the release include:
- Gen Y's been conditioned to both focus on and expect a reward for every action they take. They’re the "on-demand, instant gratification generation." As a result, some have never experienced what it's like to work purely for the satisfaction derived from their efforts.
- The choice to go to college has actually been taken away from Gen Y because attendance is now expected. Therefore, the lack of proper motivation for attending college often results in college experiences devoid of any effort to find a career path.
- Students are led to believe the bigger reward for attending college is the guarantee of a good career and a happy life, but this might not equate.
I don't believe most students have such a hard time finding a career path like the author implies, but I do agree that some of us find the transition into a career-oriented lifestyle challenging. I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. That speaks volumes.