Maybe the only upside of the rocky and uncertain world into which today's young people are graduating is that it's got people thinking very seriously about who they are and what they want to do for a living. It's hard to come up with a plan B when there are no safe bets, so many are pursuing dreams that a decade ago might have seemed "unrealistic."
Amid the turmoil and anxiety, new career paths are being forged and new professional boundaries broken. We're questioning and reinventing the world of work.
Right now, we need to seek guidance from self-made women and men like Henry Rollins – lifelong learners who continually reinvent themselves and who forge their own path in spite of, and often in direct combat with conventional wisdom about how life is supposed to be lived. There's much to be learned, too, from artists like New Paradise Laboratories, who are exploring fundamental questions of identity in our rapidly changing world.