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Tom Brokaw to America’s College Grads: Consider the Middle—and Far—East

You know the U.S. economy’s in bad shape when even a great patriot like Tom Brokaw is throwing up his hands and saying, Go East, young man.

Interviewed on Money Matters & More, the former NBC Nightly News anchor, who remains a special correspondent for the network, doles out advice to college grads entering today’s job market.

CAPTION: "There's a paucity of that around the work," Tom (above) tells us of young people ready to leave our great nation to find work.

"There's a paucity of that around the work," Tom (above) tells us of young people ready to leave our great nation to find work.

“I wouldn’t be looking just within our borders for opportunities,” he tells host Heather Taylor.

“I’d be looking to see what the chances are of getting a job in the Middle East, for example. Or in India. Or in China,” Tom, who authored the 1998 bestseller The Greatest Generation—and in fact coined that phrase to describe the men and women who helped save the world from tyranny during World War II—continues.

“I’d be looking well beyond—in my case—my regional community. And well beyond even the national borders.

“I’ve talked to a number of very senior American executives who—so much of their work now is offshore—say one of the things they need are people who are willing to pack up and go there and become middle managers.”

Click here to hear Tom Brokaw’s full interview.

Click here to read coverage of the story in the New York Post‘s Page Six column.