Sean Lyons is a researcher and author on generational issues in the workplace. Lyons surveyed 24,000 undergraduate university students between 18 and 27, asking about their expectations related to career advancement and pay, as well as their work attributes. He talks about the results of his study, recently published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, and how their expectations may not match with workforce reality.

Many experts place the blame for "Generation Jobless" squarely on the shoulders of our post-secondary institutions. Some argue that they are training students for the jobs of the past, rather than the most in-demand careers now or in the future.

"Some people look like they think that they just won the Nobel Prize for having gotten their degree," says Sean Lyons (pictured right), a researcher who studies generational issues in the workplace. "You think, wow, celebrate, but then get over it. You just gotta keep moving."

Lyons found that many post-secondary graduates enter the job market with raised expectations, only to face a harsh reality: a university or college degree no longer carries the career clout it once did.

The job market is in a constant state of flux — whether you work in a factory, hospital, school, or mine — and few occupations are immune from changes induced by advances and shifts in technology.

Each of these shifts have the potential to dictate which jobs are in demand and what skills will be needed need to do those jobs — they even create a whole suite of new occupations that don't yet exist.

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