We’ve spent the month of January blogging about how the workforce is changing.  You can read about it anywhere but the fact is nearly every American has either experienced first hand or knows people whose lives and careers have significantly changed in the past few years due to the poor economy.

My generation grew up with high hopes and promises form our parents that getting a college education would guarantee a great, high paying and long term job after graduation.  Well, here we are, it’s 2011 and even the “safe” degrees in education and nursing are scarce.

In his State Of The Union Speech on January 25, 2011 President Obama said “Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn’t always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you’d have a job for life, with a decent paycheck and good benefits and the occasional promotion. Maybe you’d even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company. That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful.” None of us can deny that the rules have changed; however our President suggests that this “shouldn’t discourage us. It should challenge us.”

Right now recent graduates need to remain flexible and innovative in their search for employment.  The Monday – Friday 40-hour workweek is hard to come by. Understand that companies are favoring temporary and contract employees. Working a few or these assignments is not failure.  Use this time to discover what you actually want to do for the rest of your life and learn from the jobs you hate. Lastly, be thankful that you’re young because out of pocket health insurance is still somewhat affordable. Good luck!