Today's young adults can choose from an explosion of career possibilities that didn't exist two or three decades ago. And each young adult will encounter -- even create -- a bounty of new opportunities as he or she grows professionally.
How can we help young adults thrive in a world of increasing change and overwhelming choice?
The global economy is here to stay. It not only affects the market for goods and services, but also for talent. Whether for-profit or non-profit, all organizations face the dual reality of seeking cost efficiencies while struggling with talent turnover. As a result, they now tend to hire first for experience and then for potential.
How can young adults build their competitive advantage while they are still trying to figure out how and where they want to contribute?
Making good choices matters now like never before. Private college tuition was 2.5x higher in 2015 compared to 1985. Public university tuition was 3.25x higher. And that's before adding in the effects of inflation.
What can we do to increase the return on investment in a college education?
College students today are often caught in a no-win cycle of needing to have experience in order to get experience. Even internships (whether paid or unpaid) are increasingly difficult to secure.
What's the secret to breaking the no-experience cycle so that young adults can explore, build, and leverage their talents in ways that matter to them?
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Fun facts: I climbed "Mt. Doom" in New Zealand. My twin sister and I are complete opposites.
1st job after college: Teach for America
Dream job: Africana Studies Professor
Professional Goal: By teaching, I hope to enter the belly of the beast and attack educational inequity one day and one student at a time.
College to Career: My education opened up doors to explore and challenge the world ... my key strength is my ability to maximize others' potential ... and my motivation is a sense of mission, privilege, and responsibility to create change. Teaching will allow me both to help and influence others by engaging them to think critically.
Every College Student Needs to Answer Before Graduation
likes travel, running,
certified archery instructor, can dream in Spanish, completed the Camino de Santiago
Favorite Accomplishment: role model as head coach for 3rd & 4th grade girls basketball team
Personal Goal: constantly engage in activities that either make me think or make me laugh
Current job: strategy consulting
Dream job: something people-focused, challenging, meaningful
Why SilverFern? Denny is direct, honest, supportive, & incredibly intelligent. She genuinely cared and inspired me to be my best.
Words of Advice: make your own happiness with positivity and appreciation
sees the bigger picture,
seeks the greater good,
Professional Goals: find joy in the pursuit of personal mastery, discover ways that business can work for social good
Current job: credit specialist for Lending Club peer-to-peer finance
Dream job: social entrepreneur in tech-based education to increase opportunities for the disadvantaged world-wide
Why SilverFern? Denny doesn't tell you what to do; she engages you in the critical thinking process by asking questions, listening, and weaseling out the root points. I am sincerely grateful.
Words of Advice: Remember, everyone you look up to had to start somewhere.