Marriages that Work: Celebrity Sports Edition

After a little more than four years of marriage, I find myself increasingly drawn to stories about couples who not only survive, but also thrive in wedded matrimony. I don’t want to just “be married;” I want to find ways to love and care for my wife. Typically, the world of celebrity marriages is not … Continued


Trump’s “Honey” Trap

Is it ever appropriate to call a woman who is not your spouse, family member, or close friend, “honey”? Donald Trump thinks it is. It all started when CNN’s Dana Bash asked Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway if she ever expressed her displeasure with something the candidate had said. Conway revealed that she recently told … Continued


Failure to Launch: Young Men and Video Games

You don’t have to slip on a virtual reality headset to know that video and computer games have taken huge leaps forward in both sophistication and immersive experience. Whether you want to kill the aliens that have overrun your space station, jump into a particularly challenging WWII battle, make the game-winning goal on the soccer … Continued


Don’t Retire at Forty

“He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.” —Dylan Thomas Living in a transient, entrepreneurially minded city like Los Angeles—corrupt, wasteful local and state government tropes aside—one does not often meet people who are thinking about their retirement plans. For better or worse, most people are here to work. They are … Continued


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