Working For Mom And Dad, Not So Bad After All


In "The Godfather," Michael Corleone goes against the wishes of his family and shirks a life of organized crime. In "The Jazz Singer," Jakie Rabinowitz rejects the path of his ancestors to sing ragtime on the club circuit. Ditching the family business and striking out on your own is a well-known narrative pulling on old American themes: family obligation versus individualism, duty versus dreams. But with high youth unemployment, this story has been reversed for many young people. With no luck on the job market, many new graduates seek work a little closer to home. Or rather, in the home, with mom and dad.