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Under-employment during peak career and earnings years

Undoubtly, the most frustrating aspect of this current economic downturn was the disposal of talented, seasoned and experienced professionals. Whole industries settling to increase shrinking profits for the loss of exceptional and tenured personnel.

I, like many of my middle aged and middle management counterparts, if asked, would have settled for a salary and/or benefits cut instead of the unemployment line. Especially, at a time of our lives where we had defined ourselves and defined our company's. Dedication, loyalty and a formidable work ethic did not protect the millions of individuals whose pay checks and salaries maintained this consumer driven economy. However, a silver (haired) lining has arisen.

A new age of social networking and media has produced a group of new entrepreneurs skilled in customer service with tactical experience in business development. Most important, skill sets that can not be taught on the internet, texts, tweeter, LinkedIn or Facebook; core ethical values and the ability to communicate and provide presentations in-person (face to face) that only come through years of experience of trail and error.

So, for now, I am content with working a commission-only position until I can master the new social media (tweeter, LinkedIn and Facebook) and present to the world my talents in a different context and format.

I am, also, grateful for wonderful support from CalUniversity's Doctorate of Business professors and advisors in getting my priorities and goals re-evaluated. I look forward to the day that I become a contributing member of a well-deserving organization who will profit from this silver (haired) lining.

Scott Sorenson, MBA
California InterContinental University
Doctorate of Business candidate

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