Over this past weekend my daughter, Austen, made a decision to delay her entry into her career. After 4 years at USC Thornton School of Music and after another year+ for her Masters degree in Music Education, she turned down several teaching offers. Instead, she will continue her role as co-song writer and keyboardist with an up-and-coming band (Jessica’s band); she will continue to maintain her personal blog; and she will join a gym, hoping to get into the best physical shape of her life. For her, the act of making that decision was anxiety provoking, but the subsequent feeling was one of liberation.
As I watched my daughter struggle with this decision, it occurred to me that today’s baby boomers and today’s young college graduates are not so different. We are just reverse images. One group is struggling to step onto the career conveyor belt and the other group is struggling to find a way to step off. In the course of a person’s work history, those are two crucial junctures. With further reflection it occurred to me that my daughter’s decision and the baby boomer’s decision require the same […]