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Johnny Lechner, Professional Student -- Afflicted With On-Set Career Crisis, Says Gen Y Career Coach

Hampton, NH (PRWEB) Might five, 2006

When CNN reporter Heidi Collins interviewed Johnny Lechner, a college student on the “twelve year strategy,” she asked him what he was afraid of. His answer: regretting not doing one far more year of school. But Gen Y career coach, J.T. O’Donnell, says Lechner’s true fear is for leaving the only thing he knows how to do well -- being a specialist student. O’Donnell is so familiar with this difficulty as a result of her perform with college students and young experts that she’s given it a name: On-Set Career Crisis. O’Donnell says this type of affliction comes from becoming overwhelmed by the decision to select a career direction with out any clear guarantee of good results. “Kids are graduating from school right now with out any concept of what they want to do or how they are going to obtain the achievement they think is expected of them. They're also getting a significantly harder time obtaining their internal motivation for function and the very best way to find specialist satisfaction on their own terms.” (See CNN's interview with Johnny at this link http://news.yahoo.com/i/2448.)

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O’Donnell says this can be attributed to the now common discussion about helicopter parenting and the effects pop-behaviorism has had on the way young men and women nowadays have been taught to motivate themselves. “Gen Y has been guided from an early age to focus on the prize. The on-demand, instant gratification generation has been coaxed into desired behaviors employing all sorts of bribes. Presents, praise, stickers, grades you name it, this generation is used to becoming given an incentive to do what’s expected of them.”

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O’Donnell says the issue of On-Set Career Crisis becomes acute when a expert student is forced to leave the comforts of an externally motivated globe in order to seek satisfaction from internally motivated efforts. “Their 1st decision as an adult is to decide on a career. But that’s like telling them to go pick one food out of a mega-grocery story, without reading the labels, and then becoming told that it will be the only food they’ll eat for the next two to 5 years a pretty unappealing factor to do. It’s no wonder why folks like Johnny Lechner would rather stay in school.” O’Donnell says that in spite of spending thousands of dollars on costly college degrees, Gen Y hasn’t learned how to assess their skilled strengths and preferences and then translate them into viable career choices. “Career success and satisfaction comes from understanding what you are very good at and what jobs will let you shine. Even though there are thousands of career paths a young person can take nowadays, right after appropriate analysis, the list can be shortened drastically, enabling a student to make an informed and efficient choice with respect to their first job out of college. Unfortunately, this procedure hasn’t been taught to Gen Y, leaving them overwhelmed and unhappy at the prospect of becoming portion of the American workforce.”

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O’Donnell says the number of Johnny Lechners in America is on the up rise and will continue to grow unless educators recognize Gen Y’s need for tools that will aid them understand and tap into their internal motivation for work. She also says that parents want to recognize that as their children’s initial and most impactful teachers, their own private and professional success has influenced their children’s perceptions and thoughts on career.

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“It's sad, but a lot of young people I meet right now think ‘career’ is a 4 letter word. They’ve watched their parents struggle and anxiety over their careers and have decided to rebel against a life strained by expert good results. But at the very same time, they have no role models or resources to come across the perform-life balance they seek,” says O’Donnell.

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Is history destined to repeat itself with Gen Y? “It already has. On-set Career Crisis shows the very same symptoms as Mid-Career Crisis. Depression, anxiety, frustration, confusion, denial, avoidance, distractions they all come from not realizing how to locate the professional satisfaction a person desires. And it is going to preserve on repeating till our society starts to recognize that career success as ‘The American Way’ seems to have many Americans paying a heavy cost: private dissatisfaction and an unhappy life.”

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J.T. O’Donnell is the creator of CAREERJUICE, the #1 Career Kit for College Grads. She is the author of “Find Your Career Path: A Revolutionary Guide to Career Satisfaction” and founder of the career coaching firm, BLUE KILOWATT. She can be reached for consultation, interviews, and speaking engagements toll-free at (877)588-5455 and by way of the contact page at http://www.careerjuice.com. For much more info about her coaching services, credentials, and methodologies, you can go to her firm web site, http://www.bluekilowatt.com.

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