Young adults as entrepreneurs

The most fascinating thing I’ve found from doing this blog is how twenty-somethings are eschewing the more “traditional” path of applying for jobs, and are instead creating their own opportunities that make full use of their passions, talents, and ideas.

Just a few years ago, I thought the path to success was to graduate college and then get a job. But the economy has made it so challenging for twenty-somethings to find employment, and the jobs that are available don’t always make the most of their skills and education.

This article discusses a movement to end youth unemployment by encouraging young adults how to start their own businesses:

Can Entrepreneurship Fix the Epidemic of Youth Unemployment? (

In addition to listing successful entrepreneurs in their twenties, the article also describes how business owners in their twenties and thirties are uniting to support and educate young entrepreneurs through organizations such as the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC):

YEC urges millennials to stop sending out resumes and instead put their energy, smarts and connections into, first, identifying an underserved market niche, and then launching a business to fill that need. The message is grounded and supremely practical: Think about generating cash flow

Aspiring entrepreneurs should also identify what their passions are. Several of the twenty-somethings I’ve written about for this blog have created their own opportunities based on what they’re passionate about, and even if they  struggle at times for financial success, they always love what they do. I’ll end with this post with a quote from a Ted Gonder, a 21-year-old entrepreneur who co-founded Moneythink, a nonprofit organization that trains college students to teach entrepreneurship in urban high schools:

There will be no better time in my life to do something like this. I want to fall forward as much as I can, as early as I can. Mustering the courage is not an option, it’s a must. But my biggest priority is team-building — you can’t change the world alone.

Related Links: Meet the New Generation of Entrepreneurs ( 20somethingprofile: Abigail ( 20somethingprofile: Amanda ( 20somethingprofile: Tim (

About David

I'm an aspiring writer and filmmaker in my twenties. I also run a blog where twenty-somethings share their stories and advice on beginning a career in this economy. Check it out at

Posted on November 8, 2012, in News & views and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Truly inspirational article. Really motivated me to get going right now. Thank you.

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