Dear Graduates, A Glorious Commencement Awaits

Bethany Jenkins | May 15, 2015

It’s a good year to graduate from college—no matter what a few curmudgeonly journalists over at The Wall Street Journal and Forbes say. Yes, the unemployment rate for those between 20 and 24 isn’t great, but it’s better than it was for last year’s class. [1] Plus, having a college degree—though not a silver bullet—drastically improves employability. [2] 

Plus, “the best workplaces are getting better.” In part, that’s because more business leaders realize how much young people care about workplace culture—60 percent of new graduates say they want to work at a place with a “positive social atmosphere,” even if that means taking a lower salary.

But they don’t just want good workplaces; they want good work, too. “New grads are idealistic and altruistic (their top two career choices are education and health care),” Accenture notes. Last year, Barna research found that 87 percent of evangelical millennials want to live out their faith in all of life—“from vocation to prayer life to Instagram feed,” says David Kim, executive director of the Center for Faith & Work.

Disillusionment in the Disconnect

As opportunities have increased, so have expectations. More than a quarter of this year’s class expects to…

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