In Recession, Optimistic College Graduates Turn Down Jobs


The attention-grabbing headline for this post comes directly from today’s New York Times.  The article discusses a phenomenon of recent graduates turning down jobs that in their minds aren’t “perfect.”  In the current economy, that’s not wise. 

I agree entirely with University of Connecticut President Michael J. Hogan’s “say yes” philosophy.  “My first word of advice is this: Say yes,” Mr. Hogan urged graduates when it comes to prospective employers. “In fact, say yes as often as you can. Saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to new experiences, and new experiences will lead you to knowledge and wisdom. Yes is for young people, and an attitude of yes is how you will be able to go forward in these uncertain times.”

President Hogan has is own cleverly named blog, PresRelease, which mostly talks about events around campus.  He should share more of wise “say yes” philosophy, which is critically important for job seekers.  Get a job, do it well and build from there. 

3 thoughts on “In Recession, Optimistic College Graduates Turn Down Jobs

  1. I understand the philosophy of “saying yes”. Positivity and an open-mind will open more opportunities than the reverse. However, if there are opportunities available that fit graduates “perfect” job requirements, what harm is there holding out for that job?

    In my case, I know there are entry-level positions available in PR and marketing available. I am applying to those jobs everyday. I’m just not seeing any return on my efforts. This is what I want, and this is what I see myself doing as a career, than why should I settle when there’s a chance of getting my “perfect” job?

  2. Ariel raises a good point. If you’re financially and emotionally able to hold out for the “perfect job”, you definitely should try to do so.

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