What to Do?

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

There is a serious problem going on right now in America, it is called unemployment. People are losing jobs at an alarming rate. Steadily the unemployed is growing and the market for new jobs is shrinking. I am sure that the stats of the unemployed are alarming, but this stat blows me away, the unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds is 16%. That is incredible. Suddenly I do not feel alone in being unemployed.

Crown Financial gave this great description of Generations throughout the ages:
The Great Depression Generation – viewed their career with an emphasis on loyalty. They would work at the same job for the same company for 40 to 50 years.
The Builder Generation (born from the Great Depression to the mid 40’s) – saw their career as a means of making a living.
The Baby Boomers (born from the mid 40’s to the mid 60’s) – saw their career as the central focus of their life. Work became the definition of who they were.
The Buster Generation – finds work to be an irritant. It distracts them from what they want to do in life. They see work as a necessary evil.
The Millennial Generation (born from 1980-2000) – sees their work as a place to serve humanity.

The Millennial Generation or the boomerang generation (they leave home and then return home) is in a position now to change things. 10 years ago it was not possible to build a platform, to start a company for minimal investment, to scrap your resume and go with recommendations from people you met online. Things are changing at an incredible pace it is only going to be faster.

I think we are at a key time in history. A time where the Millenniasl, the ones that grew up with the world wide web, are taking to the world and using their creativity to fill needs. We are seeing that the traditional go to college and get a job method is not working. I am interested to look back 10 years from now and see what is different.

I am curious, what intrigues you the most about the crown financial thoughts or the stats?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://twitter.com/austinklee Austin Lee

    I have done quite a bit of research on generational attitudes toward work. I think Crown missed one important thing about Millennials. They do want their jobs to serve humanity, but they want those jobs to fit around their life and not make their life fit around their job.

    Its the Life/Work balance where life comes first. This does not mean they aren't hard working employees. It means that they understand that life happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They want to do a good job and work hard, but they don't understand why they can't take advantage of technology to do their work on the go.

    I admit..I am one of those and I am thankful that I have a job that allows that flexibility. I probably work harder now than ever, but it doesn't feel like it because I fit my work around my life.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      That is a great point Austin. You are dead on.
      It is not job first, but lifestyle that has a job that fits into it.

  • http://www.nathandcarrie.com/nathan Nathan

    Love the descriptions they gave for each generation. Interestingly enough, I see myself in every generation but the Baby Boomers. I can't relate to that one at all. I can see myself working at the same place the rest of my life (I don't think it'll happen though). And while I enjoy my job, it definitely is just a means of making a living. About 2 years ago, I found myself longing to be in full time ministry of some sort, but the timing just hasn't been right. I now see my job as the thing that helps pay the bills, but my ministry is now my work.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylelreed

      What do you mean, your ministry is now your work?
      Are you in ministry now?

      • http://www.nathandcarrie.com/nathan Nathan

        Yeah, I should've explained that a little better, sorry. No, I'm not in full time (paid) ministry. I just think there's a difference between 'your job' and 'your work'. A job is something you have to do to pay the bills, your work is something much more than that (at least to me). Your work is something you invest yourself in (time, heart, passion, etc), possibly with no monetary compensation.

        For most, their job is their work and vice versa, but for me something changed and the definitions split. I started to find that my heart and passion were for 'the church' and for ministry and not at my place of employment. Sorry to go off track with your post, but hope that makes a little more sense. ; )

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