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.

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

  1. Stephen A. Brown

    ‘Lo Folks. Stephen here, outta Missouri.

    “Show Me,” if-you-will, where it’s written that one has to leave Home and Harth just to get a middle management job. Sheesh! Middle management jobs are the ones that are traditionally cut to make room for the “OneWhiteCollar/ManyBlueCollarsBelow” type of scenario.

    Why don’t we just work to bring more industry back to the United States, and stop moving just because it’s cheap! A certain level of living has been lost due to this mentality, and it’s high time we started a “Keep Our Jobs At Home” campaign–backed up by both large and small business–and supported by Congress, the Judiciary (with better tariff and trade law that benefits both the local, at-home employee (and business person), as well as overseas investors.)

    Expanding the Trades, shortening up apprenticeships, and making Federal Financial Aid available to smaller, trade-specific schools, along with eliminating the “I Look Down On A Trades Person Because I Have A College Degree And You Don’t” type of mentality–the Universities are extremely guilty of this–will do wonders.

    Also, keeping University Professors out of deciding what makes for so-called “College Equivalent, credit-hour-like, instruction time before-you-can-call-yourself-a-professional-trades-person is also necessary. University Time should be decided upon by the academicians within a given institution, and hours for the Trades should be decided upon by those leaders within a given profession with the most experience, who know how to teach–and the dynamics of teaching–and know their trade inside and out.

    When I read of a college-level program dealing with a given profession that takes less time at the Universities and observe an Apprenticeship program that takes double the time “just because the Apprentice doesn’t go to college (and the credit hour/equivalent studies are biased toward college graduates),” my irritation levels go up. Lets face it, people. Plumbing, as an example, could be set into a one-year certificate program, with in-service updates after that one year certificate is earned. Same for Electricians. Same for Building Contractors.

    You either know the math and can apply it, or you don’t. Some specialty stuff might need more advanced training, for for Joe Average Just Trying To Make A Living, the average six to eight year apprenticeship is just overkill.

    Support Trades more and keep people at home. To raise families and bring a much-needed solidity back to America.

    peace To You All. –Stephen

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