Tuesday #LetsBlogOff: Are college grads ready for the real world?
So the average college graduate leaves the cocoon of campus with $23,000 of debt. Ouch. Given the ridiculous amount of debt most people are in these days, I’d say they’re ready for the Real World. They’ll be chipping away at a debt mountain just like everyone else. Buy that grad a beer after work!
Economic climate aside, let’s assume a job awaits with open arms for college grads. I’d make a highly unscientific & unresearched guess that those grads who did hands on internships concurrent with their education would be well equipped for their Real World Job.
They could, in fact, take the internship concept to an extreme – especially if they’re undecided. Take Sean Aiken, for example. The one job he knew he *didn’t* want was a cog-on-the-wheel rat race sentence that he dreaded to wake up to daily.
That leaves about a billion other possible jobs that might be a good fit. Sean’s approach was to hit one job per week. For a year. 52 jobs. That’s about 5 times more jobs than anyone else has in a lifetime.
But wait – there’s more! He did all 52 jobs for no financial reward. He had the employer donate all his earnings towards the ONE / Make Poverty History campaign.
Now, maybe I’m thicker/less attentive than usual, but it’s unclear to me whether Sean actually settled on a job. It appears he may have created a job for himself, simply being a job tester, for lack of a better title.
I have to give him credit for his entrepreneurial adaptiveness. He:
- set out to see what was out there,
- has parlayed the experience into an ongoing program for others to do,
- is releasing his findings via film & a book
I’d say that in Sean’s case the question is not if he is ready for the Real World, but whether the Real World is ready for Sean.
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