Friday 9 March 2018 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor — Just another day at the rectory

The title of this column, dear readers, is not a reference to the 1960s song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and recorded by The Rolling Stones. No. No. Today I am considering the topic of “satisfaction” as in “job satisfaction.”

When interviewing young couples preparing for Marriage, I ask a standard question, “What is your occupation?” It used to be people answered without a second thought. Now the response comes after a significant pause, “Ummm. Let me see. How can I best put it into words?” They seem to be unsure of what they actually do at work.

Those who graduated from college between 2006 and 2010 can be expected to have at least four job changes before they reach the age of 30. There are a lot of theories as to the cause of all this job surfing. It’s a given that young people tend to be restless. Maybe today’s young adults want to climb the corporate ladder more quickly than their parents. Maybe they want to make more money. Maybe they just don’t like whatever they happen to be doing at the moment. Maybe employers go through workers more rapidly than in times past. Maybe it’s a combination of all of the above. The jury is out.