If you haven’t, please allow me to summarize. If you are currently in your twenties there is a 55% chance that you are unemployed. The fact that you are currently unemployed is likely to impact your future earning potential. When the economy does recover, you should expect to compete with recent college graduates for entry level jobs. You will never be as successful as your parents. You are part of a lost generation.
By way of a rebuttal, I would like to offer the following.
1) I choose to think better of potential employers. There is a significant maturity gap between recent college grads and those of us who have been out a few years. Not to mention the fact that working at Starbucks or Anthropologie can give you great experience in customer service and (for many college grads) management. I would also like to point out that many of the people I know who haven’t been able to find full-time employment in their chosen field are volunteering or interning at organizations they are interested in working for. And I have to believe that will count for something. Eventually.
2) It’s time to redefine success. Many of our parents are in their 50s and 60s. And while I hesitate to suggest that life was any less complicated back then, I think there was a much clearer expectation of what you were supposed to be doing at our age. When you are in your twenties you were supposed to get a full time job and get married. Then you were supposed to buy a house and start a family. You were supposed to do all these things because it meant you were successful.