Headline May 15, 2015/ ''' THE GRADUATES [OF] THE ANXIETIES '''



THE WORLD NEVER stops to consider, even for once, not poking me in the eye :  Asians states struggle as students/migrants arrive by sea.

More than 1,500 students/migrants have come ashore in Indonesia and Malaysia over the past three days, leaving governments struggling to respond to the wave of  students/refugees-

Fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladesh for better job prospects in wealthier countries.

The crisis has echoes of Europe's problems curtailing the streams students/migrants from the Middle-East and North Africa making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.

But unlike the European Union, countries in Southeast Asia each appear to be going it alone in their response to the flotillas of struggling students. And back here, at the hosts, the Graduate students begin looking at anxieties.

Finding something  new to create hope and stir aspirations as more and more college graduates come the way of !WOW!  is difficult in the extreme but prayers come to the rescue.

IN THE 1967 MOVIE  ''THE GRADUATE, ''  in which a middle-aged businessman tells the young Ben Braddock [played by Dustin Hoffman]: the famous unsolicited counsel:

''I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics.'' 

One clue for the  - graduate anxieties -  came from looking at how life and career expectations are changing. Back in the 1970s, writes one distinguished author, human resource scholars began to notice and write about- four distinct career patterns in the economy.

In the most conventional career type, which scholars call  '''expert'' or  ''steady state.'' a person held the same job and basic duties   -often with the same company or government agency   -for decades.

A second career type was  ''linear,'' in which all job changes were upward mobile in the same career path. Each job paid more than the last and had more responsibility, but rarely deviated from the same basic field.

This linear path was the yuppie sine quo non, the mark of a serious person who climbed the ladder.

The third and fourth models characterized how some young adults back in the 1980s were seeing their professional lives. The  ''transitory''  career featured no set job or field, and there was-

Little apparent progress and industry changes in money or responsibility. Let's call that one  ''your mom's worst nightmares.''

The ''spiral''  model looked similar in terms of periodic job and industry changes, but different in that these changes were purposive, following changing interests, circumstances and personal values.

In other words spiral career served life purpose more than a product line. The spiral model was most fascinating to researchers at the the new Generation X work force of uninhibited individualists. And indeed, it described one distinguished author to a T:

''After graduating from high school, in 1982, I dropped out of college after a year, spent a decade on the road as a musician, dropped back into college, became a college professor teaching economics, and now:

Lead a Washington Think-Tank. I've spiralled all over the place for 30 years.''

What seemed now when I was a high school graduate is now the norm. To be sure, many young people find only transitory work available during the poor recovery the world over. But even those who have done well in the job market-

''Paying their dues''  and waiting to rise through some set of professional ranks is laughable. They feel responsible for their lives, and are in search of the diverse experiences that will fulfil them. That means frequent career changes and a willingness to take pay cuts when necessary. 

Today's spiraling millennials know intuitively that having a sense of one's purpose in life is the key to well-being. And research clearly shows that they are right.

In a 2009 study published in  The Journal of Positive Psychology, researchers interviewed 806 adolescents, emerging adults and adults about their purpose in life.

A key finding of the study was that being able to articulate a life purpose was strongly associated with much greater satisfaction than failing to do so.

And now, throughout the United States, even the whole world over, commencement speakers are preparing remarks to deliver to this year's crop of college graduates.

They all ought to worry, as even as the graduate addresses are more often than not, met with blank stares and tepid applause, The times are here, when they will be met with some searching questions.

And in the developing world, they will be met with some nuclear responses.

The Honour and Serving of the ''operational research'' continues. Thank you for reading, and maybe learning and sharing.

With respectful dedication to all the Students of the world looking for prospects and jobs. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

''' Opinion Honours '''

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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