From an article written by Jeffrey Selingo
… young adults no longer have as clear or straightforward a career path as previous generations did. Many end up drifting aimlessly through their third decade of life as I found while interviewing 752 young adults (aged 24-27) across the country for my book, There Is Life After College. According to a survey conducted for the book, twenty-somethings nowadays transition into adulthood in one of three ways: they’re either Sprinters, Wanderers, or Stragglers:
- Sprinters (35% of the young adults surveyed) jump right into their career after college or are on a path to a successful launch after completing additional education.
- Wanderers (32% of the young adults surveyed) take their time—about half of their twenties—to get their start in a career.
- Stragglers (33% of the young adults surveyed) press pause and spend most of their twenties trying to get their start.
My views stem from both a plethora of anecdotal evidence working with twentysomethings from the relatively posh suburbs of Connecticut. Most graduated from college and most are struggling to find career traction. They need help. That’s why Career Counseling Connecticut’s mission has become an urgent one. We are facing an epidemic of twentysomethings who have failed to launch. We can help.