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What advice do you have for recent graduates?

Asked at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. on May 22, 2010

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“Just be patient.”

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“In a difficult job market, sometimes it’s useful to stay in school a little bit longer and get a graduate degree, master’s or Ph.D.”

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“When they’re job hunting, dress professionally, be optimistic and work hard.”

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“To go on to school.”


RoeDapple 8 years ago

Your free ride is over, now it's time to start paying for it.

yankeevet 8 years ago

Hopefully you will find a decent paying job; which seem too be few and far between. My first job i was making 8 bucks an hour with my college degree. The guy next to me was a supervisor making 16 bucks an hour and only had a high school education. Then i found out he was the bosses' son....................

looza 8 years ago

"welcome to McDonalds .... May I help you?"

independant1 8 years ago

Do something usefull with your life,

get me a beer

Maddy Griffin 8 years ago

Be sure to thank the parents! And stay away from the credit card offers.

Yoda51 8 years ago

You can fold your diploma up and put it in a drawer. There are no guarantees of success. Knowledge is power. Gain some practical knowledge of how the world really works. If you're young and unencumbered, go out and experience life. Take some chances, travel light and keep an open mind. While education in and of itself is a good thing, a college degree is like having size 12 feet ~ it all depends on what you do with it.

Sigmund 8 years ago

Wear sunscreen! If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

Stick to calibers that begin with "4" for concealed carry handguns.

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Myths of the Deficit

By Marty Wolfson

Nearly 15 million people are officially counted as unemployed in the United States, and more than 6 million of these have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks. Another 11 million are the “hidden” unemployed: jobless workers who have given up looking for work and part-time workers who want full-time jobs.

The moral case for urgently addressing the unemployment issue is clear. The costs of unemployment, especially prolonged unemployment, are devastating. Self-worth is questioned, homes are lost, families stressed, communities disrupted. Across the land, the number one issue is jobs, jobs, jobs.

The economic case for how to address the jobs issue is also clear. As Keynes argued during the Great Depression, federal government spending can directly create jobs. And the $787 billion stimulus package approved by Congress in February 2009 did help pull the economy back from disaster, when it was shedding 20,000 jobs a day in late 2008 and early 2009.

But we still have a long way to go. To get back just to where we were when the recession began in December 2007, the economy would need to create 11.1 million jobs: 8.4 million to replace the jobs lost and 2.7 million to absorb new workers who have entered the labor market since then.

Despite a pickup of economic activity recently, long-term projections are that the unemployment rate will fall only gradually over the next several years. The Congressional Budget Office forecast for the unemployment rate for 2012 is a stubbornly high 8%. So why are we not moving more aggressively to reduce unemployment?

The ideological opposition to government spending remains a major obstacle. There are those who see an increase in the role of government as something to be avoided at all costs—even if the cost is the jobs of the unemployed.

Even among those who are not subject to such ideological blinders, there is still a political argument that resonates strongly. The argument is that government spending to create jobs will create large budget deficits, which will have terrible consequences for the American people. Politicians, pundits, and other commentators—in a frenzied drumbeat of speeches, op-eds, and articles—have asserted that the most urgent priority now is to reduce the budget deficit.

It is important to note that this argument is focused on current policy, not just the long-term budgetary situation. There is room for debate about long-term budget deficits, but these are affected more by the explosive growth of health-care costs than by government discretionary spending to create jobs. Why, then, are people taken in by an argument that says it is more important to reduce the budget deficit now than for the government to spend money to create jobs?

Two myths constantly repeated in the public debate have contributed to this situation:

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Bush/Cheney fraudulent scheme did away with 11 million jobs.... brilliant. Therefore it is the job of big government to create 11 million NEW jobs because big government negligence lost 11 million jobs.

Isn't it odd that the USA is the only country that has sent its' wealth creating ability abroad aka 15 million jobs both blue and white collar? AKA the Global Economy

The war is killing the economy. There is no need for the USA to be occupying countries because no county attacked the USA.

Suggestions: 1.Grads please demand that the government create 11 million jobs otherwise you will be heading to the Social Services depot for medicare and food stamps. It's not your fault.

  1. Either go for higher degrees and/or learn a trade at Johnson County Community College.

  2. Drop out and open a brewery like Chuck did.

  3. Think about this. Most college grads I know are doing nothing connected to their college majors. However staying on campus is a healthy lifestyle.... be a career student.

Meanwhile: 'it will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a cake stall to buy a bomber'

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.

We merely want to live in peace with all the world, to trade with them, to commune with them, to learn from their culture as they may learn from ours, so that the products of our toil may be used for our schools and our roads and our churches and not for guns and planes and tanks and ships of war.

Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower

kernal 8 years ago

Here's a list of what will Not get you to the first interview: flip flops birkenstocks shorts or cut-offs tank top wrinkled Hawaiian shirt that's been wadded up in the bottom of your laundry basket 2 weeks ditto for the pants no shower in the past 24 hrs smacking gum noticible hangover Don't try to out dress the corporate CEO and CFO

Deja Coffin 8 years ago

Nobody ever regrets going to college and getting a degree but so many regret not going to school. Do it now while you're young enough to enjoy all aspects of college life because it'll be ten times harder to go back to school when you're working full-time to provide for a family.

labmonkey 8 years ago

It is a good thing to struggle for a few years out of school. When you do get a good job, you appreciate it more.

Don't constantly bitch when you get a job. Many entry-level people do this, and you look like nothing more than a whiny kid.

labmonkey 8 years ago

Just a couple personal observations and lessons learned.

Monica Miller 8 years ago

RUN!!!! Run like the wind!!!!!!!!!!!!

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Ah, so this is why so many poster/bloggers claim such staggeringly high IQ's. They include the internet as part of their intelligence!

I even founded me a link to proove it. I so smart!

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Someday grasshopper, you too ...

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

  1. Keep your bunker ready at all times.

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