I think that almost everyone acknowledges that there is the opposite of a dearth of educated professionals right now – in fact, the supply of educated workers has far outstripped demand – but what is the result on our young, educated adults?

The lack of a career, as outlined in the NY Times article “Recent college graduates wait for their real careers to begin“.

A lot of these sidelined college graduates explore other career options, helping non-profits or trying out entrepreneurship. Others, however, are simply biding their time until “the economy improves”. Ah, that overused, oversimplified, and in my opinion, completely false, phrase.

After all, don’t forget that after you graduate and get your degree or diploma, your shelf life clock starts ticking. And if jobs requiring educated workers become more plentiful a few years down the road as the economy improves, you’ll also be competing with all of the graduates between your year of graduation and the job market improving.

In the last decades, there have been a great increase in the demand for educated workers. Would it be fair to say that as a result, lots of students preparing to enter the workforce decided to go the professional path instead of a more liberal arts-oriented path? I think it’s true. It’s unfortunate, but I think that the liberal arts, entrepreneurship and non-profits have suffered.

Perhaps now, it’s life/culture/economy rebalancing itself? The liberal arts are as important to a culture’s understanding of its intangible needs as the professional, traditional careers are as important to advancing that culture’s quality of life and technology.

And in fact, one can argue that beyond the monetary and physical aspects of “quality of life”, a culture needs people in the liberal arts to study the “pursuit of happiness”.