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The Upside of Starting Your Career in a Recession

In at least one sense, people who graduate in a tough economy are better off Read More

Having graduated in the early

Having graduated in the early 1990's, this was exactly my experience. There were no jobs and no one wanted to hire an inexperienced employee. Many in my generation moved to Asia to each English, save a bit of money, pay back loans and wait out the recession. My return home met with several years in successive minimum wage jobs until I went back to college for a second degree. That's when I began my career. I remember feeling so grateful and downright thrilled to be making a decent salary with benefits in a wonderful environment. I maintained this enthusiasm at all the jobs I had. What really began to eat at me was the constant griping and entitlement I found in many of my older colleagues who had landed a decent job straight out of school.

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Adam Grant, Ph.D., is a professor at Wharton and the author of Give and Take.

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