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Today's Big Idea: Summer School for the Real World

The Big Idea for Monday, July 30, 2012

There are two types of "syndroms" that employers are extremely wary of when looking to hire recent college graduates.

The first is the "Mark Zuckerberg syndrom," the expectation some young people have to become a billionaire overnight. Young graduate, unless you have a once-in-a-generation idea, and an enormous amount of good fortune, that's not going to happen. So you need to adjust your expectations accordingly, and behave like the hard-working employee who delivers more value to your company than you cost it.

That leads us to the next condition, "celebrity syndrom," a term that was popularized on the Twittersphere. That term refers to people who expect everyone to follow them, but don't return the favor. 

In today's celebrity-obsessed culture, it is naturally alluring for young people to see themselves as celebrities. So this behavior is not surprising. Not surprising, but unhealthy. Many employers view Millennials as a significant management challenge because they view them as prima donas. To set yourself apart, you will need an ego check. 


  1. 1 Don't Be a Fame Monster. Set Realistic Goals.
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Check Your Ego
    Guy Kawasaki
  3. 3 Does "Internet Famous" Mean Famous?
    Jonathan Coulton
  4. 4 Sarah Lyall on Celebrity Culture
    Sarah Lyall

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