<p>I keep thinking about Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" and the part about the timing of when you launch and how that affects your trajectory. No question, this is a very bad time to be coming of age in our society.</p>
<p>Have to say that I am not observing what Momlive describes --</p>
Every kid I've known who has come out of the local state university with a degree in IT, accounting or engineering has immediately landed a job.
<p>IT is a terrible place to be right now. Engineering is far from the assured employment guarantee that it once was. I have nieces and nephews and know many kids of friends with the "practical" degrees and they are largely struggling to find employment. The one exception seems to be accounting, thanks to our rat's nest of financial regulations, which ironically is probably cutting off employment in other fields.</p>
<p>The impact of the Ivy degree seems to be useful. Our son had offers and he is by no means a networker. He knows Ivy grads in the arts who are struggling but they don't seem to care, they have the "passion" thing . . .</p>
<p>Regarding networking, I would caution against urging kids to network too aggressively. My DH recruits a lot and it turns him off when he feels as if he's being targeted. I would also caution against urging kids to emphasize networking and internships during the undergrad years over the academics. For our son, the gpa was key and for those I know in hiring positions the academic credentials are the bottom line. There can be such a thing as being too much of a networker -- it doesn't play well.</p>