Soon another wave of college seniors will start looking for work as their graduation date nears—a troubling fact given that so many Class of 2010 grads are reportedly still looking for meaningful jobs. Add in the tens of thousands undergrads who will seek summer internships, and the job market for the sub-23-year-old crowd looks very crowded, indeed.

But some savvy college students will zig when everyone else is zagging. While many of your peers and classmates may be obsessed with landing a coveted summer internship with a blue-chip firm that looks and smells like the all-important work you think you’ll be doing by the time you’re 25, I would argue that you may be better off serving as a summer firefighter in Nevada or a deckhand on a fishing boat in Alaska. Or even a farmhand on an organic farm.

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