My daughter Susanna has a new job as Corporate Communications Manager for the Washington Redskins. It was serendipity, a fortuitous series of events that led to her first day of work on Labor Day. She received a call one Thursday evening about a job opening; she interviewed eight days later; she packed her car and drove to Ashburn, Virginia—home to Redskins Park—the following week.
Frederick Beuchner—a favorite writer on many subjects—notes the dilemma of finding your right livelihood. “There are different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which [one is right for you].” His advice is this: Among all these competing voices, find work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done.”
In recognition of 2013 graduates, this week’s blog looks at the job market confronting this new cohort of young people receiving their diplomas.