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Everything Changes and Yet Uncertainty Seems Constant - February 10, 2023

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

Fascinating to look at how career aspirations have changed over the past 50 years. According to CIRP, who have tracked the career aspirations of US college students over the last 50 years, there have been some big shifts in the most desirable careers. Quite a significant move away from education to business and health care. However, we think it might be easy to gloss over the undecided line. There are roughly 19 million current college students in the USA. The CIRP research suggests over 2 million of them aren’t sure what to do next after university. This challenge of making the step from college to a profession seems to be common across generations. While other things have changed, this seems to have stayed consistent. We wonder why this might be. One hypothesis is that while the world has changed--careers and professions have become more dynamic and digital--the challenge of making a first step in a career is a more elemental emotional one. Something that is rooted in the human psychology of life phases. From childhood to adulthood. From following an expected path to creating your own. We wonder if we are too quick to dismiss this challenge. Isn’t it worthy of some thought. Can we do more to help those who aren’t yet sure what they would like to do after college with some practical advice on how to move forward? What are you views? #ACareerCarol

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