Five steps to landing the job of your dreams

Updated 4:42 PM ET, Thu July 16, 2020

This is the final installment in the "Generation Resilient" series. Nancy Darling is a professor of psychology at Oberlin College, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adolescence and founder of 1step2life, ltd, an app providing support for adolescents in chronic pain and their caregivers. Her blog, Thinking About Kids, is published by Psychology Today. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion on CNN.

(CNN)Economists are telling us that millennials and Gen Zers are facing some of the worst financial and professional prospects in history.

I can relate. I graduated during the recession of 1981 and landed my first job in a Boston architectural firm through sheer persistence and willingness to take any starting position. When the company that finally hired me said they were worried an Ivy Leaguer wouldn't want to do the low-level work they had available, I told them I was really good at sharpening pencils.
Nancy Darling