College Graduates, Be Careful What You Ask For

If you’re a college grad, or even a high school grad thinking about college, think long and hard about the workforce situation described in this post. The first key is staying out of debt.

Finding My College

Many college students aspire to that plum corporate job. But is it as plum as they think? Perhaps not.

Last week I received a call from a friend who’s the CEO of a company. He wanted to talk through some issues relating to a RIF (reduction in force) he’s planning to implement. Quite a few people are about to lose their jobs. For many if not all, it will be devastating in the short term and, for some, it may be devastating in the long term as well. Frankly, it sucks. My unspoken reaction was unequivocal: I’m glad I don’t have to do this.

There was nothing I abhorred more as a manager than having to let people go. It was bad enough when the decision was driven by something they had done or not done. It was even worse when it was driven by a higher-up’s dissatisfaction with profit…

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