Degrees in hand, 1.9 million college grads hope to join America’s workforce this summer.
The good news: the job market is hot. The class of 2016 has better job prospects than those in any class since the Great Recession.
The not-so-good news: Salary levels haven’t fully recovered from the Great Recession.
More not-so-great news: The number of recent college grads (classes of 2014 and 2015) who are underemployed, working at low-wage jobs, or working part time has increased. This means more completion in the job market for 2016 grads.
And here’s more not-so-good news—at least for the scores of parents ready to get on with their empty-nest pursuits: Thanks to changes in employment, educational attainment and marital status, for the first time in over 130 years, living with parents is the top living arrangement for 18- to 34-year-olds.
But there’s one trend that’s moving in the right direction, according to a recent article from Barna Research Group on Millennial’s perspective of work.
Among Christian Millennials, the Sacred – Secular Divide is narrowing, To them,
… calling” is more than just about being called toward religious or ministry professions—they are thinking about whether they are “called” by God to their secular jobs as well … Seventy-four percent of Millennials say they feel “called” to their jobs.
For hundreds of years the idea of being “called” to one’s work has been reserved for pastors, missionaries, ministry organization staff, and the like. Now, many Christians in the largest generation on the planet (79 million strong) are beginning to get it: all work matters to God. This is good news!
So, all of you in business, academia, churches and ministry organizations who are working hard to close the sacred-secular divide, take heart. God is working through you to spread the truth about work and calling.