Will your kids ever get jobs?
Paul T. Conway says millennials will have a tough time in the job market
- Duration 8:45
- Date Mar 29, 2012
Paul T. Conway says millennials will have a tough time in the job market
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What -- -- say look -- is Paul T Conway president generation opportunity speaking of kids.
Generation opportunity dot org is the website our land deals these days kids eighteen to 25.
I didn't tell yet.
I wouldn't I wouldn't want to be one of them for anything in the world right now because I think it -- then.
It appears to be really scary place.
-- absolutely I mean with the unemployment.
I -- through the economy -- through the country.
Young adults in America those eighteen to 29 have felt that we're at the forefront and it's so one of the toughest goes that they have it affects their careers -- fixer decisions in life.
And they're really putting up a strong fight -- the economy needs to kick in in order for them to have better opportunity.
Right and I think our that that generation is seeing so much more than many as of us have ever.
In particular they've seen their parents laid off and they possibly been in positions where they took got taken on part time jobs to help.
The family pay the bills.
Actually you're CME -- -- take a look at this generation folks talk about the greatest generation after World War II in this is the next greatest generation I think what -- seen in their lives.
He's the folks that bore witness to nine elevenths we -- the anthrax attacks.
Members of this generation gone out for two wars very successfully -- hot spots all over the world.
-- watched economic collapse are -- -- competing for jobs.
And what they've been told by Washington is.
-- -- the long future in meaningful work now you can take a substitute somehow of unpaid internships paid internships -- collection of part time jobs.
And that's now the new normal and we actually think they're rejecting that they want the same thing every other generation -- want -- America which is security meaningful work.
In a career path that has a lot of problems to -- Paul you are former chief of staff of the US Labor Department at the office of -- management and the department Homeland Security seen how the government works.
Do you expect then the government to do anything around this or is this strictly I mean -- -- what has happened then.
Well -- here's the thing the government has a tremendous amount of power that's that's an obvious thing and it can be used for good things that can be used for bad things I think what has to happen.
Is for the government understand that in order for America to get back up off the mat.
Government's got to get off the pack of America and specifically -- just talking about corporate America and small business.
Business in America is actually giving the government -- that they're not listening to and story young adults.
Overwhelmingly young adults think the government ought to back off in terms of taxing crisis.
Further regulation that type of thing and I think the government ought to listen to him.
But they're not right so OK so then here we are now -- now these mining -- basically an anti take matters into their own hand.
But the interesting part about this generation to I think is that they communicate so much differently than we ever did.
And so in order to get in touch with the millennial these these.
I don't even think you can usually I don't even got to do it right I mean and it seems to me that FaceBook is the way to go.
-- Facebook's one of the platforms and what we've done a generation opportunities we put together world class team of experts.
-- in the demographic they're fantastic we've moved out on -- FaceBook platform we have close to three million books now that we communicate with twice today.
We're branching into some the other platforms that are out there but -- you need to be relevant they need to be in the space where they are -- you need to provide timely news that they wanna use -- news about the economy the role of government.
What their future economic.
Profile looks like what the future promise in America looks like and jobs.
And what's really interesting basing your studies -- found that this generation is really concerned about the US financial debt now I'll be honest with you.
I don't think I even knew it was so maybe ten years ago and it blows my mind that these kids not only do they know about it there were about it.
They're really concerned about -- here's one of the unfair swipes -- goes on.
A lot of folks -- that young adults America their self absorbed into into their technology they're not paying attention to what's going on we totally yeah -- that.
Thereafter the consuming news 24 hours a day and they want to know.
Not only the practical issues that impact your wallet today and tomorrow but with your future looks like and what the future of the economy.
And the potential for jobs.
A national security issues alone.
They've identified three issues as the top national security -- number one is the debt.
Number two is energy dependency by the United States and number three is indebtedness to foreign powers for the United States this pretty savvy stuff when you think about it.
Are you kidding when I was eighteen I would think -- my only thought was -- My -- beer tonight.
Let you know loan that we -- -- -- net and I think I -- deficit problems and problem I added that Aetna five dollars repeats after that fear that was my deficit Rombach and I think these kids are so be a -- where further beyond us and we ever work.
Now you also.
Survey these kids to see how they would well I mean they're not they're not gonna voting booths -- -- on Monday.
-- they're very wired in the they're very interested in the primary process they're very interested in where to go to vote how to organize so we have three million on the FaceBook platform.
-- train them up.
They know -- -- have had a blog had to be effective on talk radio they wanna know where to register to vote.
The very insistent on participating in the process and all this stems really out of a long tradition of youth involvement in politics but also in 2008.
-- -- presidential campaign that went out there and got a lot of them involved in -- staying involved they're just expecting better results.
Right because the vote for change didn't happen the way everybody anticipated.
What is your advice then based on your experience in -- in that in DC your experience with these kids.
What really take to get to win their vote right now.
First word is respect you need to respect intelligence of those -- -- you're talking to.
So you have young adults -- eighteen between nine they are at the forefront of the American economic crisis they see it every day.
They talk to their friends they have record high unemployment highest unemployment -- forward to.
To be relevant to these young voters and it's a wide open demographic they're not pledging allegiance to any candidate or -- any party.
You need to offer solutions that make sense to them and solutions that hold the promise.
That it will reinvigorate the American economy get government off the back of those who -- employers and stop vilify him.
But isn't that what they heard from what you know they then Senator Obama I mean he kind of economy -- feel like he could change the world and then.
-- -- -- -- No I don't think so I think.
Everyone's optimistic -- especially when -- young.
But one of the things that we found in our survey is overwhelming majorities of -- this time around we'll take a look at somebody's record in office.
And not just rhetoric and -- more interest in some -- -- stands on positions.
And principles than they -- and what do campaign slogan might say so for these folks who were invited to the dance to the American public policy process into the election process.
Where you're gonna see is not a bunch of folks that are run into a slogan -- you're actually gonna see folks are taken a very circumspect looked -- What do they do an office in does it match what we were promised and if you have.
Folks who were overwhelmingly out of work and you hear every day the attack on potential employers -- because not everybody wants to go to work for the federal government we know that firsthand.
But one that -- -- government is attacking private sector employers every day.
You're gonna lose a huge second segment of those who -- raging between -- who were looking for work.
You know we just -- -- chat comment as we have a live -- on on during the show and someone wrote that this generation is paying attention because they're trying to figure out.
Had to fix this mess and I think there's a lot of truth to that -- to your point that they are optimistic.
They think they can make the change don't -- -- no doubt about it here's here's -- thing they are very optimistic and very confident about their own ability to make a difference.
And why wouldn't they be in 2008 they changed American history right.
And they still have that confidence but now what they wanna do you wanna change the course America 54%.
-- young adults eighteen to 29 think America is on the wrong track.
That's their future and they're not gonna settle it.
Amen to that Paul Conway so glad you -- here come back thinking it was posted on these guys.
President generation opportunity that website is up right now it's generation opportunity dot org.
We got to do something for these kids get Morgan again get out there and actually basic -- -- and and in congress right now their energy and and the notion of -- out of the box which is so rare down in DC could actually help -- -- now.
I think maybe more -- and solutions in campaign donations to be honest -- an actual amen Paul thank you again.
You're welcome thank you very much it's good stuff and he is dead on when he says that this is Smart generation this is a Smart generation these are kids that have like investment clubs in.
-- -- -- -- I don't Begin with a stock was the major -- of the -- stock was until I got out of grad school cheat --