A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

—Winston Churchill

Key Points

No surprise: Although the job market for college graduates is improving, it remains spotty, with hiring and salaries still below 1999 levels.

Although jobs will remain tight, some occupations have grown through the recession and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Those with the aptitude, skills, and the persistence to anticipate, embrace, and exploit change for their own benefit will have unprecedented new opportunities to chart their own courses.

Success in this new world requires particularly diligent career planning.

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