Young and Recession-ed in Houston

April 16, 2010 by  
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New column in the Houston Press today about how local young people are being affected by the recession.  A local graduate from UT-Austin, Katelyn Orenchuk, has been unable to get a job since moving home to Houston following graduation in September of 2008.  Katelyn has applied for numerous jobs, but has not even gotten a call back yet.  The most moving words in the piece, and words that must absolutely break her family's heart, are as follows:
"The worst part is feeling that I'll have to settle for being less successful than my parents. Every generation is supposed to feel that they're going to do better. I don't want to be a burden on my family, but feeling that... Read More »

Scary Stats on Jobs and Young Adults

April 13, 2010 by  
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PEW CENTER SURVEY SHOWS 20% OF 26-YEAR-OLDS LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS IN 2006, BEFORE RECESSION. CURRENT RATE ESTIMATED AT 35-50%. 10 PERCENT OF ADULTS YOUNGER THAN 35 MOVED IN WITH PARENTS IN LAST YEAR. BUREAU OF LABOR REPORTS THAT 19.4 % OF 25-YEAR-OLDS CURRENTLY... Read More »

Dramatically Lower Wages for Recession-Era Graduates

April 13, 2010 by  
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In recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and Atlantic Monthly, you may have seen reference to a disturbing study of the wages of college graduates by Yale Economist Lisa Kahn.  In Kahn's study of the wages for college graduates who entered the labor market during recessions, she found drastically lower wages for recession-era college grads when compared to college grads who entered the job market during good times.  In year one, those students who graduated during recessions earned 15-30 percent less than those who graduated during non-recessions.  But most shockingly, those low wages lingered for 15 or more years.  In fact, recession-era graduates' wages never caught up to the wages of good times grads over... Read More »

What Do I Need to Get Out of A College Education?

March 9, 2010 by  
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To be competitive in the 21st century job and graduate school markets, 8 essential skill sets are needed. Employers and graduate admissions committees are overwhelmed by applicants, many of whom may have graduated from top 150 colleges but lack the necessary skills to be productive and efficient. In a marketplace where networking and insider connections have much less weight than in years past, a college bound student must be aware of the areas to master in the undergraduate years.

Research- the ability to gather, observe, analyze, synthesize, and apply information to solve concrete problems.

Communication- to share ideas succinctly and clearly in oral and written form. Active listening is likely the most important component... Read More »

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