Was it Barney, breast milk, or community service credit?

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Was it Barney, breast milk, or community service credit?
Sun, 03-06-2011 - 9:14am

Or is it just because selling out isn't an option right now?


Nonprofit groups worry that our bright-eyed young college students will abandon them once the economy recovers and fortune comes knocking.

What do you think?

Either kids these days -- are more likely to get do-goodnik jobs because they're big-hearted givers, or they're more likely to get do-goodnik jobs because the recession put soulless corporate money out of reach.

Will having started on the do-gooder track,as the twentysomethings interviewed in the story, were not they at least paying lip service to the idea of continuing -- even if they eventually have to start thinking about the fact that they're not going to get any Social Security?

Some experts say millennials -- those who grew up in the 1990s or the 21st century -- are unusually big-hearted, maybe because of the community service requirements they had in school.

"The millennial generation is a generation that is just more interested in making a difference than making a dollar," said Max Stier, the president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group that advises government recruiting efforts.

The sudden surge in 2009, though, suggests that the absence of traditional private sector jobs forced many of the country’s best and brightest into lower-paying, if psychically rewarding, work.

Since the recession began three years ago, the private sector has shed 7 percent of its jobs. The federal government, meanwhile, has expanded its payrolls 3 percent.

While many of those who graduated in 2008 got whisked off to high-paying jobs in consulting and finance, the graduates of the barren years of 2009 and 2010 were not courted in the same way. They were mostly left to scrounge about for their own job leads