A McKinsey study finds, "While the young people are qualified—even overqualified, in many cases—to enter the workplace, most of them feel ill-suited to tackle the harsh realities of an evolving job market."
One thing that might help is for schools to offer a lot more career information: "career day" on steroids.
Another thing would be to tell students, as I have for some years, that they need to think of themselves not as potential employees looking for jobs, but as independent small businessmen and women, as, yes, entrepreneurs. (With one major exception--if they plan to work for the government. But that's likely to change in the near future.) Just like small business people do, they need to periodically assess competitive opportunities and threats, and their strengths and weaknesses. Don't take my word for it--a presentation by billionaire Reid Hoffman makes the point very nicely.
"I never forget a face, but in your case I’d be glad to make an exception,"
"I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down',"
"Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon," and 27 more.
Proofreading is not easy, but it is vital. Example:
2. THE CASE OF THE ANTIQUE ALE
The damage: $502,996
A missing ‘P’ cost one sloppy (and we’d have to surmise ill-informed) eBay seller more than half-a-mill on the 150-year-old beer he was auctioning. Few collectors knew a bottle of Allsopp’s Arctic Ale was up for bid, because it was listed as a bottle of Allsop’s Arctic Ale. One eagle-eyed bidder hit a payday of Antiques Roadshow proportions when he came across the rare booze, purchased it for $304, then immediately re-sold it for $503,300.