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Letter to the editor: Re: Stop wasting the talent

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 27th, 2013

I have nothing but applause and echo the same sentiments offered by Mr. Hostetter regarding the trouble that many young professionals have in acquiring steady work and ultimately in finding their career path.

My generation graduated into the worst economy since the Great Depression and for many, college was not an option. Many friends and acquaintances instead opted for junior and community colleges or found work in the blue collar industry. For those few who took on the task of attending and ultimately financing our own education, we then again graduated into a stagnant economy. Companies were either not hiring or could only offer unpaid internships.

I graduated from a four year university at the top of my graduating class and was subject to numerous rejections and immediate disqualification because I lacked the three to five years of experience required for the entry level positions I was applying for. It seemed I was in a vicious circle of not being offer a position at the company because I lacked experience and I lacked experience because I could not find employment.

Many of us want to work but simply canít. Luckily enough I have found semi-steady employment thanks to two great men: State Representatives Edward Vigil and Leroy Garcia have given me an opportunity to work for them at the State Capitol in Denver. So before anyone classifies my entire generation as lazy and lacking drive please understand that we want to work.

James Lucero


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