A few days ago the Wall Street Journal ran an article “Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go?”, and the theme of the article focused on employers who are slashing their budgets for hiring entry level professionals and trashing investment in training programs, resulting in demand for talent that has at least two years of relevant experience.

We are increasingly in a “plug and play” employment market that does not accommodate the training of young talent. For example, Deloitte Consulting’s new hires receive intensive training, yet newbies are expected to arrive with communication skills and business acumen to participate in client meetings from the start. Ergo, prior experience.

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