Young Men Are Falling Behind

Young Men Are Falling Behind

Here’s another reason to attend the Career Activist Republic meeting on May 18th in Washington D.C.. Your son or grandson or brother or nephew needs you to.

There was a sobering news story in today’s New York Times. Women are moving ahead in the current economy, while men are falling by the wayside. Women may still earn less than men for the same work – an unconscionable blot on our society – but a growing number of young men aren’t earning anything at all. They’re simply unprepared for the rigors of the modern workplace.

Why is this happening?

Michael Greenstone, an M.I.T. professor puts it this way: “I think the greatest, most astonishing fact that I am aware of in social science right now is that women have been able to hear the labor market screaming out ‘You need more education’ and have been able to respond to that, and men have not.”

For whatever reason, the signals from the workplace sound like Klingon to young men. To be sure, those alerts are saying they need more education, but even that’s not enough. According to a poll taken by the Associated Press, more than half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed.

So what young men really need to hear is that they must acquire more education in BOTH a career field and career self-management. They must become expert in their profession, craft or trade AND in directing their own careers effectively.

How can we get young men to hear this new message? While admitting to some bias, I think the answer is the Career Fitness System , which is a part of career activism. Why? Because its metaphor works especially well with males. It uses the principles and practices of physical fitness to teach the principles and practices of career fitness.

So, come to the Career Activist Republic meeting for your own career and for the careers of the young men in your life. And, of course, come for the careers of the young women in your life, as well.

For details on the program, see my previous post or call me at 203-964-1888 to reserve your spot. The program is limited to the first 50 registrants. There is a fee of $59.00 to attend, which includes your lunch and a mid-afternoon coffee break.

Work Strong,

1 Comment

  1. Thank you Peter for another excellent article but what are the best fields for men? I read that NYTimes story and I believe that young men who grow up fatherless have a tough time finding their through the world of work.