It's summertime, which means this is the time of year when
graduating seniors look at each other and mouth the words:
"What now?" To make matters worse, this year's graduates
are tossing off their caps and staring down a uniquely
unstable job market. Despite economists' predictions,
long-term unemployment (meaning, being without a job for
more than six months) still reaches record-high levels,
swelling from 5.1 million to 5.4 million and comprising
nearly half of all unemployed Americans.
With hope just a flicker of light in the distance,
America's jobless face a second set of challenges.
According to a report by CNN, people out of work for
more than a year have only a 10 percent chance of landing a
job. On a higher note, the report also points out that most
people remain optimistic that they will find employment
within the next year.
But the impacts of unemployment stretch beyond one's
personal finances. CNN Health writer Elizabeth Landau
reports that an extended period of joblessness can
take a toll on self-worth and mental health. However,
the article highlights tips and tactics to stay on track,
such as exercising and creating a daily routine setting
aside time for submitting resumes, searching for jobs and
even eating meals.
Words of wisdom to young women from Hillary Clinton may
make us feel inspired, but as the high school teacher from
Wellesley stated when he addressed the school's graduating
class: "You are not special".
agreed, but softened the blow by saying, "Everyone is
special to someone. But no one is special to all."