Archive for July, 2010
There has been quite the controversy over a recent New York Times article profiling a 2008 graduate who still remains unemployed, living at home with the folks. Scott Nicholson has been on the hunt for a career in “marketing or finance or management training or any career-oriented opening at a big corporation” since he graduated from Colgate University, and like many recent grads, has faced tremendous difficulty. The public uproar, though, is around the fact that Nicholson was offered an entry level position with an insurance company, but turned it down because “rather than waste early years in dead-end work, he reasoned, he would hold out for a corporate position that would draw on his college training and put him, as he sees it, on the bottom rungs of a career ladder.”
Many claim that this is indicative of the millennial generation and that Nicholson has a sense of entitlement in refusing to take anything less than the “perfect” job. Gawker, in response to the piece, called it the “Millennial Job Whine.”
I had the pleasure of discussing the topic with some Peppercom interns on the latest RepChatter podcast, hosted by Peppercom co-founder Steve Cody and COO and Partner Ted Birkhahn. Take a listen and let us know your take on the subject. Should Nicholson have taken the job? What struggles have you faced in your job hunt?