Diplomas. Mortar boards. Champagne. Beaming parents. The “real world,” wide open and full of possibilities. And … unemployment.

I remember being a freshman in college and hearing about the wonderful world of glamorous post-graduation jobs. It was the fall of 1999, the peak of the America’s seemingly unending economic boom. Starry-eyed and completely nai”ve, I watched as consulting firms and investment banks, bursting at the seams to hire students, flooded the Dartmouth campus. The annual recruiting rush was a tradition at Dartmouth. Read the rest of this entry »