It is a tough world out there, class of 2013 graduates.
The job market is tough for most majors, and even if you have a job, you may be part of the two-thirds of college students saddled with debt and/or the 39 percent of 18-34 year olds who live with their parents.
Despite the scary numbers, there is reason for thankfulness and hope. Only 6.7 percent of the world has a college degree and people with bachelors degrees are more likely to be employed than those with less education. Even if it is underemployed.
So what to do now? Here are some thoughtful answers from journalists, professors, columnists and beyond.
To the Class of 2013: Avoid Simplicity by Stephen L. Carter, Yale Law professor (via the Chicago Tribune)
"Bertrand Russell, in his essay "In Praise of Idleness," warned that it's vital for us to spend time alone with our thoughts, away from any other influences. We must put down even our books for a time — if he were alive today, he might advise us to put down our iPhones — because only when we are alone with our thoughts do we actually have any thoughts of our own. The rest of the time, we are simply responding to the ideas of others."
Last lecture notes 2013 by five University of California- Berkley professors (via the Daily Californian)
"Remember that kid from 2nd grade who kept saying that he wanted to be a dentist and today he’s… a dentist? Those people scare me. You probably haven’t made up your mind yet because you have the courage required for delaying the decision until you’ve explored all of your options. Good for you. Take your time. Try out different jobs, locations, lifestyles. Of course you have to work to pay for food and rent. Work hard. But you don’t have to commit yourself to a career quite yet."
Message to a graduate by Grant Snider (via Incidental Comics)
29 rules for college graduates by Jason Gay (via the Wall Street Journal) *Thanks to @rosefrommelt for the tweet!
"5. You can mispronounce "nadir" and "banal" for the rest of your life, and it's OK, because nobody really knows how to pronounce "nadir" or "banal."
6. You can under-Karaoke, but definitely don't over-Karaoke."
Pay attention class of 2013 by Scott Bolohan (via RedEye Chicago)
">>No one cares about stories from your frat or sorority other than people from your frat or sorority.
>>Take advantage of any discounts your student ID allows for as long as possible. There are not many perks about being young and poor. This is one.
>>Your current relationship probably won't last—and that's a good thing. In the next few years you will change more than you have your entire life—and that's also a good thing."
The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates by Reid Scott (via Business Insider)
"Competition, networks, risks."
And of course the perennial favorite....
Advice, like youth, is probably wasted on the young by Mary Schmich (via the Chicago Tribune)
"Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine."
What is the best graduation advice you have gotten so far? Any articles, tweets, comics or quotes we have missed? How are you dealing with the tough job market? Let us know! Tweet us @Chicago_U or comment on Facebook.