In a recent article in the New York Times, we are introduced to Generation Limbo: “…highly educated 20-somethings, whose careers are stuck in neutral, coping with dead-end jobs and listless prospects.”
While it is not new that young people are being hit hard by the recession, what is new is the exploration of the emotional toll it is taking on young people and the effect it is having on how they see their futures and choices. The article notes: “And so they wait: for the economy to turn, for good jobs to materialize, for their lucky break. Some do so bitterly, frustrated that their well-mapped careers have gone astray. Others do so anxiously, wondering how they are going to pay their rent, their school loans, their living expenses — sometimes resorting to once-unthinkable government handouts.”
What we are witnessing isn’t just a few folks out of work, but rather an unraveling of what it means to be an adult and the shock of trying to move forward. In addressing the challenge of becoming an adult in a shaky economy, how can young people find the work and support they need to thrive?
Read the rest in my guest post on Brazen Careerist