Left Behind

Lost in the economic recovery

Page 3 of 3 Previous

Continued: New workers are starting behind and can't get ahead

  • Article by: ADAM BELZ , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 9, 2014 - 10:46 PM

New perspective

For now, many college students appear to have accepted that it won’t be easy to get a good job.

“If you go down to people 22 or 23 years old now, they don’t feel quite as disillusioned,” said Richard Freeman, the economist. “They understood. The signal was coming out from society. It’s amazing to me at least, how easily people adjust to whatever the current situation is.”

The scales fell from Jamie Millard’s eyes 10 months into her professional life.

She’d been working an unpaid internship since graduating from college in 2009, and she needed money. So she was thrilled to be sitting in an office listening to a man describe her dream job, and then offer it to her. She would be raising money for a small publishing firm, a good one.

“Oh my gosh, this is going to be perfect,” she thought.

But the guy saved the worst news for last. The job would be unpaid for six months, he explained, and if she performed well she could apply for the paid position then.

Millard had been smiling, and the grin froze on her face. She said she fought back tears.

“I wasn’t strong enough to say, ‘What!’ ” she said.

She turned down the offer by e-mail and gained a new conception of job and career.

She was an English major at the University of Minnesota, but learned how to build websites and launched an online literary magazine, Paper Darts. Now she is co-CEO of ­BePollen, a networking organization.

She says she banks more on the intangible value of a big network and a rich extracurricular life than on any one particular job. She senses that her lean years have given her lower expectations than older workers — even those just 10 years older.

“Who knows what’s going to happen? I feel like my job could be stripped away from me at any moment, so I have to be very thoughtful,” she said. “I think that’s a new type of thing.”

 

Adam Belz • 612-673-4405

Twitter: @adambelz





 

  • related content

  • Part 1: Job loss buries hopes, careers

    Sunday February 2, 2014

    People who were laid off gave up months or years of earnings, lost homes, raided 401(k)s, went into debt, and now more often than not must take jobs for significantly...

  • Part 2: Over 50, working against time in harsh job market

    Tuesday February 4, 2014

    Older workers face a tough hunt for new jobs in a slow-moving recovery, and the clock is ticking.

  • Video: Left Behind: Young professionals make up for lost time

    Saturday March 8, 2014

    The Franklin sisters graduated four years apart from the same college, but had dramatically different experiences.

  • Sisters Laura, left, and Emily Franklin both earned college degrees

  • Gabe Ciuraru, 23, at the MOA, where he works at a cosmetics kiosk.

  • Morgan Moore and customer Alyssa Leerar of New Hope talked numbers on a lease of a new Q50 sedan.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many games will the Timberwolves win this season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close