The Crisis of America’s Nonworking Men

Based on the official unemployment rate—which held steady at 4.9 percent last month—America’s labor market has fully recovered from the Great Recession. Indeed, many prominent economists, including Federal Reserve officials, believe we have reached  “maximum” employment or something very close to it. Based on another indicator, however, America’s labor market remains stuck in a long-term … Continued


The Significance of Your #FirstSevenJobs

As far as hashtag memes go, #Firstsevenjobs and its derivatives (#first7jobs, #1st7jobs, etc.) is, to me, a fascinating one. I’m hard pressed to find another way to convey as much formative biographical information as is contained in a simple listing of one’s first seven jobs. Of course, I study career development for a living, so … Continued


College Students, Going Into The For-Profit Sector Is Noble Too

“While many Americans believe fervently and faithfully in expanding opportunity, America’s internship-industrial complex does just the opposite.” That was Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, writing in the New York Times last week. He’s right. The internship situation is out of control. Not only are most internships in Washington DC unpaid, but since many … Continued


How Not to Get Fired from Your Internship this Summer

Each summer, students trade in their college IDs for internship badges. While some treat an internship as a long job interview, others see it more as an extension of college. Recently, one intern class learned the difference between the two—the hard way. Upset that a company dress code was “very strict,” some interns decided to … Continued


Seek Your Purpose Before Your Paycheck

In a new national survey, 18-24-year-olds report that having a clear purpose in life is a big part of being a “real” adult. The problem is, most young people don’t feel like they’ve found that sense of purpose. If you’re graduating from college this month, congratulations. After you toss your cap in the air and … Continued


You Don’t Need a “Passion Project,” You Need a Purpose

Not long ago, I listened to a thirty-year-old man tell his much older and newly-retired parent, “You need to find your passion.” Really? “Maybe he just wants to enjoy the scenery a while, hang out with his grandkids, and read some books on the beach,” I thought. But evidently I’m in the minority these days. It … Continued


How Can You Find Your Calling?

What does work mean to people? This question drove oral historian Studs Terkel to record candid interviews with workers from all walks of life, the product of which was his most famous book, Working. Written before the dawn of the Information Age, the book is a portrait of a time when agricultural and manufacturing work … Continued


You Don’t Need “Me-ternity” Leave. You Need to Grow Up.

Recently, after a friend came back to the office from maternity leave, her coworkers asked her, “So, how was your time off?” Americans are known for being stingy with vacation time, especially compared to other countries in the Western world. We are workaholics, and often proud of that fact. For most people in the modern … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Sexual Harassment Training Isn’t Just a Waste of Time: It’s Harmful

The last time you had to sit through a training program or sign your office’s fine-print disclosure on sexual harassment policy, you probably thought you were just wasting your time. You were wrong: Research suggests that efforts to raise awareness and train employees about sexual harassment may be worse than a waste. They may actually … Continued