- Related to older generations being honest with younger generations: I think one dynamic is that we (people my age) don’t want to discourage young people. When a friend of my son’s says he’s thinking of law school, I don’t want to flat out tell him how high the rates of depression are among lawyers, how bad the job market is and how firms are squeezing every drop of work and life out of lawyers of all ages. (Not to mention the high probability of disruption by technology in the next decade). What I did tell him was to assess employment rates and compare it to how much debt he’ll have to take on. It’s kind of the best I feel comfortable saying. If someone asked for my honest opinion about it, I would tell them and probably shoot them a few links.
- I am shameless, however, about warning young tennis pros that it’s a hard way to make a living and raise a family (hours are weird and it’s brutal on the body). Though, my husband has made a good living and supported a family of 6 as a tennis pro. For some reason, since I’m once-removed, I feel more comfortable doing it.
- I think people under 30 understand the power of resources and tools to be proactive about changing their life circumstances. People over 30 are less aware of the possibilities (like the teacher in my piece). They’re in the thick of almost a decade on a career path, starting families, paying off debt and hoping the next pay raise will make their circumstances more palatable. The idea that you can actually add value to the marketplace by using the internet sounds spammy and scammy to people or they’re just not aware of it.
- College debt makes “doing something about” a miserable job situation a lot more difficult. It’s why I advocate college for the few until things change.
Thanks for reading and engaging, Declan. I appreciate it.