Bad news for those getting ready to walk the stage. According to new study by Northeastern University, 53.6-percent of recent grads are either unemployed or underemployed, and with the class of 2012 getting ready to enter the job market, many worry that number will only increase.

Last year, college grads under the age of 25 were more likely to work at Starbucks or a local restaurant than as engineers, scientists, or mathematicians. Many blame the lack of job prospects on the majors many students pursue in college. Northeastern researchers found that those with degrees in anthropology, zoology, art history, philosophy, and humanities were least likely to be employed, while those pursuing degrees in nursing, teaching, and sciences have an easier time finding a job.

But is choosing a major you dislike or a job that you hate really the answer to getting a job? Or should liberal arts and social science fields be supported  like other fields of study?

The new data have many wondering if college is still worth the high price tag, because it leaves many young people deep in debt and without a high-enough paying job that can help them afford to pay it back.

Despite the lull in the job market for some grads, for many students college is still the best way to increase one’s earning potential. College grads consistently make more money than those with a high school diploma, and those with post-graduate degrees earn more than their counterparts who only have a bachelor’s degree.

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  • CurlySue

    I don’t understand the purpose of getting a degree in any of the liberal arts unless you intend on being an author/teacher or going to law school. If you intend to go into the corporate world, you have to understand how incredibly competitive it is. When it’s you with your degree in women’s studies and that other person with their degree in something business-related and all other things being equal, that other person will get the job 9 times out of 10.

    While college is great for learning life lessons, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the true purpose of it is to educate and prepare you for a CAREER.

  • Dreaming

    I wish I was getting ready to graduate. [Heavy Sigh]

    There are jobs out there. The problem is that employers are being extremely picky with who they even interview. I mean, there are employers out there who are requesting a minimum of five years of experience for what is supposed to be an entry level position. Or, employers don’t want to train people, so if one doesn’t meet the exact requirements, they don’t get the job.

    But to answer the question – How the economy has effected me is that next month, I will hit 6 months of being unemployed. Additionally, every time I call my credit card companies to lower my interest rates, because I am a good customer, they tell me, “This is the best rate we have for you right now”, and then I tell them, “No, that’s the best rate for you (credit card company).”

  • Princess P

    “… while those pursuing degrees in nursing, teaching, and sciences have an easier time finding a job.”

    Pssh! That’s some straight up bull!

    It took me two years after graduation to find a job teaching. They are constantly cutting funds for education, laying off teachers, and closing schools left and right!

    Just because you get a degree in one of these fields does not mean the jobs are hanging from the trees ripe for picking! This economy is just some bull.

  • df

    Definitely definitely bull regarding nursing. So many people i know that graduated 2009 on and also many that have just been job searching for awhile have ran to nursing. Now, the market is saturated especially where i live and I hear it’s the same in other parts of the country. Everyone has assumed that there’s always a nursing job and they go through the hell of schooling (usually condensed 2yr) only to come out and find that they can’t find a job. It’s sad.

    You just have to do your research. I made sure what i went back to school to study had demand where i live and in most parts of the country. I didn’t just check online, I actually talked to people i knew and contacted strangers in the industry to get a real pulse of what the market is and what it’s growing to be.

  • QofNew


    I know some medical professionals are considering the rural areas and the smaller towns. They are always in need of medical personel. You can always try England. The NHS is hungry for nurses.

  • mahogany

    @ Princess P,

    Exactly! I graduate with a BA in Arts and went back to school to get my teaching certification and I’m still looking. It’s tough!
    My advice to anyone entering college would be to double major. If I knew then what I know now it probably would have made a difference. Always have something you can fall back on and don’t be afraid to start your own business.

  • Jessica

    I went the liberal arts route…there isn’t in my opinion a major shortage of jobs. I just live in an area where economic growth is slow, so I had to create the opportunity for myself.

    I don’t think I could study a particular area and not have a passion for it just for the sake of a high paying job. Of course I would prefer a high paying position but not at the sake of being miserable or not being able to use my creativity. For me, it has not been worth it in the past.

    As I approach the end of my grad program I’m thinking outside of the box in terms of career options and how to land jobs I’m interested in.

  • LemonNLime

    I have been very blessed. I graduated with BAs in International Studies and French because I knew I wanted to work in International Education. I worked, almost full-time, in our study abroad office and presented at conferences and got 3 of experience while getting paid. When I graduated I was employed within 3 months.I have been here near 3 years and I am in the process for preparing for another job interview for a job I have a very good chance of getting. I believe it was the experience, not the degree, that got me where I am today. While I am not exactly where I want to be, I am making the connections through work, not by acquiring more degrees, to get there. I’m a firm believer in getting a Masters ONLY when I cannot get the job that I want without one and I have while before I hit that point.

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    what was your major originally, or your career plans?

  • Dreaming

    Originally, my major was Publication/Graphic Design, and then I changed it to General Studies.

  • African Mami

    You know I heart you right?!

    *I love your go getter spirit mama!!!!* keep it up!

  • Dior A.

    I feel totally underemployed. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and can pretty much hop into PR, Marketing, Journalism etc…but the only job I was able to find out of college was Reception/Customer Service. And I surely do not have a BA in Customer Service. (I’m just sayin’)
    Don’t get me wrong I am glad to be employed, however I know I can and will get better. I have to look harder and keep at it(matter fact I have interviews this week!) True, the economy sucks but there are BIG companies hiring but there are just 8353454 people applying for that very job you want as well, which makes it more difficult.

    Looking back, I wish I would have taken my (required) college internship more seriously and aimed for an internship in a field I could have easily transitioned into right after graduation…you live and you learn.

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    By publication/Graphic Design do you mean like Photoshop, InDesign, web design etc?

  • apple

    i have applied to almost 300 jobs and nothing has came of them. i graduated in marketing with a minor in apparel design, all the fashion industry wants you to is intern for all eternity. i had a friend in the office who was interning for TWO YEARS, as what you may ask? a receptionist. so i tried to get something in my major in marketing or advertising or ANYTHING i think i was capable of ..NOT EVEN RETAIL… no luck. unless you know someone who can give you the job, you’re out of luck. my old friend with no experience and ditsy as a rock, got the job i applied for because she knew someone in the company. she didn’t even have to apply or INTERVIEW, she knew nothing about the field and i knew everything with the experience and went to the better college. I know life is unfair but this is F*KING RIDICULOUS.

  • binks

    I swear me and you should be sisters Dreaming…lol I was just complaining about how these companies are listing 2-5 years’ experience for entry positions, especially in my field, like WTF? How is that entry if you are already skilled : ( I am not finished school yet either because I switch gears a bit to get 1) a job once I graduated and 2) an edge in my field so I can advance and more up once the economy is a bit more stable or until I can take my degree aboard. But like you mention, there are jobs out there and great careers for you to make good money but the person just have to re-shift their focus and tactics because clearly the traditional formula isn’t going to cut it. Secondly, don’t sleep on those so called “less prestigious” jobs/titles. I am getting my paralegal studies degree and my friend who is in law school was commenting how she could never be a paralegal but little does she know a lot of paralegal are employed compared to newly lawyers and can make a top lawyer’s salary so re-adjust and play the game smart.

  • Dreaming


  • PMichelle

    Everyday, I think about how WONDERFUL it would be to be a freshmen in college again. I never in a million years thought finding a job would be so tough. I graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. in Comm (on time) I’ve done five internships, I attend networking events on the regular and I’m STILL looking for a job.

    I knew that the job market was rough but if someone told me that I would still be looking for a job a year after graduating, I wouldn’t have believed them. And I’m sure that’s the case for most people. We think that once we get that expensive piece of paper known as a diploma, that the world is ours and we walk the stage ready to take over.

    When I was in school, I noticed that a lot of students took the long route to graduate, aka super seniors and I didn’t understand it until now. I see why people take their time, and if I could do it all over again, I’d still be an optimistic undergrad. SMH.

  • Freebee33

    I graduated about two years ago with a BA in Communication (Not Mass), I bounced around at a few temp positions for awhile but I was lucky to get a decent job in a social service office that I hate going to everyday lol, but I’m glad I have a job. But right now my focus is on going back to school for a targeted career path, as my degree is very broad, and I refuse to do customer service or administrative work for the rest of my life. But the problem I’m seeing is that entry level jobs just don’t seem to exist anymore! I hate the idea of going back to school and not being able to get my foot in the door of my chosen field after all that effort smh.

  • Dreaming

    Binks – We can be sisters.

    Yea, it’s not entry level really. What they want is an experienced chump who is willing to be paid $9.50 an hour with no benefits to do the work of 3 people.

    I’ve applied to jobs where I have experience, and I get that BS email that says, “At this time, we have decided to move forward with candidates whose qualifications more closely match this position”. I’m like, what! If it’s an entry level position and I have experience, what is the problem?!

    Honestly, I don’t think getting a degree is the right thing for me to do. I’ve been able to do well on jobs with the right training, and even with poor training, because I can’t stand to be in a job and not know what the hell is going on.

    I would like to get a well paying job, but I am not going to put myself in debt to get there. I just can’t do that.

  • Dreaming

    That ‘yep’ for directed toward you, GFNAG.

  • Freebee33

    One of worst catch-22′s, you can’t get the job because you don’t have the experience, can’t get the experience because you can’t get the job in the first damn place. Best advice would be to intern while in college or find volunteer opportunities in your field if you have graduated and can’t find work right away…

  • Whitney Gracia

    I graduated in 2010 and I honestly thought things would be a lot easier than what they are: At one point I was applying to 100 jobs a day, going to every advertised “career fair,” and emailing so called “connections” for help. Still, no one called me for an interview, no one emailed me for a follow up, no one cared.

    It’s definitely a different life than what I pictured, but I don’t regret majoring in English Writing (my passion). I just wish I had known what I know now: I would’ve worked in McDonalds/Starbucks all through undergrad and would have been a “manager” making decent money by now lol

  • Chic Noir

    Maybe there should be a stronger push in the American public school system towards STEM subjects. If the teachers’ union could come to some sort of compromise to pay more money to teachers of Math and Science courses.

    We really need strong Math and Science teachers in the inner city. Although even a good teacher can’t do it all. Children need to be pushed to study and have a safe and secure home environment that allows them to focus and study for STEM subjects

    But is choosing a major you dislike or a job that you hate really the answer to getting a job?

    During tuff times yes and with the other 12hours of the day, you can always work on your side hustle.

  • me

    i haven’t had a full time job since graduating in 2010. since graduation i’ve been interning off and on, working through temp agencies and doing PT work not in my field of choice. i’m ridiculously fed up… but almost everyone i know who graduated with me is working in retail stores and doing other petty ass work that someone with a h.s diploma could do. i’m working on starting my own business. can’t depend on anyone to care about my pockets more than me. this economy can kick rocks… sooo freaking annoying. got my damn school loans sending me letters and i’ve been deferring them for so doggone long.

    i’ll let yall know when my business is up and running. that’s for damn sure!

  • LemonNLime

    Thanks! My plans were messed but when I didn’t get that assistantship in France but I was like screw it, I’ll just try to get job someplace else that give me more responsibility and just travel on my own for short periods of time until I can a job abroad. Got do what I gotta do to get to where I want and I try to help others out along the way if I can!

  • Chic Noir


    I love the fashion industry but I swear if you don’t come from money, it’s such a tuff business. So many young women willing to intern (work for free) that many companies don’t even bother making people permanent anymore because they know they can always get someone else to work for free.

    I hate unpaid internships anyway. It’s another form of corporate welfare. All internships should at least pay minimum wage and parking fees if you need to drive.

  • Chic Noir

    @ apple

    What is your ideal job or if you have more than one idea please tell.

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    I have always wanted to get better at adobe photoshop/indesign/everything related to websites and web design. Why do you want to work for someone in an office, when with those skills you can technically be your own boss?

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Oh and i work at a job where I have seen HR from the other perspective. I have seen my boss turn down applicant for being “overqualified.” –basically we would not be a good fit for people who would likely leave if something better came along.

    For certain jobs you HAVE to know how to dumb your resume. I am sorry to say it but it is true.

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Yeah princess p and mahagony, when i graduated (with a dual major in english and african studies and minor in psych) my parents thought i bad two heads. They said i should go back and do nursing like my mother. Now they are even threatening to shut down parts oft the nursing home my mother works at. So i do not know about that…I really think whatever jobs are going to be marketable in the next 5 or so years will require stuff like- knowing Spanish, web or technology skills, networking/people skills, and working since you were born because of course you need experience on top of the 5 masters degrees you already have.

    Originally i was going to do law but i switched. Thank God i did a minor and some internships while in college.

  • Dreaming


    Well, after being in a few design classes, I saw that my interest in Graphic Design was no longer there.

    I don’t mind working an office job. My personality is better suited for an office job. Yes, I could be my own boss, but doing what, I don’t know. Nor do I have the resources to be my own boss.

    Thing is – My resume is as simple as it gets. The jobs I’ve held have been from food service up to retail banking and customer service in a health care environment.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    the class war-

    collapse the economy. withdraw jobs.
    then watch the people fight over the crumbs.

    tax the rich. rebuild the infra structure. everybody could be working.

  • Jamila

    “Or should liberal arts and social science fields be supported like other fields of study?”

    I don’t know what you mean by “supported”. Employers aren’t supporting engineers and scientists; they are employing engineers and scientists to do useful things. Either students have to choose majors that will get them employed or they should consider not going to college. A liberal arts major isn’t a bad choice per se, you just have to be clear about what you intend on doing careerwise with your major.

  • Brownin

    Graduated with a BBA in 2010 and still searching for full-time employment. Applied for a part-time position and recieved an email stating that I’m over qualified -______-. I HAVE to get my business plan together.

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  • itsme

    “I’m a firm believer in getting a Masters ONLY when I cannot get the job that I want without one and I have while before I hit that point.”- This is excellent!

    I so wish I had your mentality before I went $51K into debt earning my Masters. One of the worst financial decisions of my life, as it hasn’t enabled me to make all that much more money. Getting a Masters degree should really be a financial decision moreso than a career one. I see that now…

  • Amber (The Urban Socialite)

    I totally understand/agree @Apple @Chic Noir. I graduated in May 2011 with a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising, and instead of landing a buying/merchandise planning job like I planned, I ended up with a part time job in retail. Since I’ve been here I’ve landed 3 job interviews, but I got passed up for every single one bc I didn’t have experience, despite the fact I had two internships in college. And every time I look for jobs, they only want slaves/interns!! It’s to the point that I don’t even look for jobs in fashion anymore.

  • SheThrives11

    I agree. Never go into the liberal arts unless you plan on going to Law School or plan on becoming a professor.

  • SheThrives11

    Thankfully, I was only unemployed for 2 months after getting my MA degree. Both my degrees are liberal arts and because I couldn’t find a job, I started doing private tutoring for schools in my area. I also write freelance for companies who are willing to pay. This summer I will be going back to school on scholarship to study diagnostic sonography and med technology. Sometimes you have to switch careers or get creative.

  • K.

    This article really hits home with me, I graduated last spring and received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelors in Social Work. It took me a few months before I landed a job as a Counselor. Due to the low pay and inconsistent hours ( agency did not give out salary pay) I was forced to move back home with my parents. It is both upsetting and frustrating knowing that almost a year ago I was living on my own and acquiring a job in my career that I thought would be a launching pad to a brighter future.

    I am unable to pay my student loans and was able to get that deferred for another year. However, knowing that I have 25k and a 6.3% interest rate sitting over my shoulder isnt comforting.

    I have thought about going straight into getting my Masters degree, but the risk of putting myself further into debt w/o a guarantee of a JOB ( nevermind a higher paying one) really scares me. I really wish I knew what I know now about the economy and how tough it really is out here.

    SOooo, Now I am living at home and cleaning houses to scrape up any money that I can till I find something stable.
    I feel cheated at times because in college we are told about all the opportunities that we will have once we spend THOUSANDS of dollars on a degree. I know so many people that are within this 53.6 percent of recent graduate who are underemployed or UNemployeed. Talking to my friends who are struggling brings a little comfort knowing that its the economy that sucks and not me.

    At the end of the day, I just take things one day at a time and try to remain as confident as I can.

  • Lauren

    Have you considered freelancing? That’s a great way to build experience. If you don’t feel comfortable charging now, try doing some pro bono for nonprofits. They always can use the help. Also try hooking up with an independent publicist or boutique firm and doing some work with them.

  • Lauren


    Your friend is a perfect example of why networking is important. Focus on building relationships with people in the industry through events and social media. Have you volunteered at Fashion week? That’s a good way to meet people too. You can also take a more entrepreneurial approach and freelance. You can always do some work for up and coming designers

  • Lauren

    You go girl! You have the right idea! In this economy, you have to create your own opportunities. I’m fortunate to have found a job and it will be a year this summer; however, I’m building my own as well. The 9-5 life isn’t for me and I don’t want to be at the mercy of corporate America for the rest of my career.

  • Lauren

    You hit the nail right on the head. Create your own opportunities.

  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    @Dreaming well something is better than nothing at all. it sounds like you arent sure then, what exactly you want to do.

  • Lauren

    Unfortunately, colleges and society love to sell kids pipe dreams that all you need is a degree to get a high paying job and be successful. That is simply not true! One harsh reality I learn after I graduated with my BBA in 2010 was that life don’t owe you sh*t! I struggled for 7 months to find a job. I got rejected left and right with a degree and 5 internships. In the meantime, I work as a temp and a waitress(hated it!) Fortunately I was able to find a job at the beginning of last summer and I’m in the process of starting my own business.

    The biggest lesson I learn was to create your own opportunities. The people who are creative and take control on their careers will come out on top in this economy. If you can’t find a job in our field, intern, volunteer, or freelance and find some other way to pay the bills. These are all ways to build experience and could lead to other opportunities. Networking is also important and it’s not about what you someone can do for you. Build mutually beneficial relationships. Your network is your net worth.

  • Nic

    I’ve been so stressed about this, I’m about to graduate with my BS in two and a half weeks. I’m so sick of interning and while I could afford to do it during school, I cannot afford to work for free anymore. Graduate school seems like my only option but even that doesn’t a guarantee for a job afterwards. I’m afraid for my generation, businesses are refusing to fairly compensate to work and jobs seem to only be available for the well connected regardless of skill. I have seriously been considering getting out of this future third-world country and living the rest of my life abroad.

  • Evie

    Do it. Seriously.

  • tightlipped mary

    i hate getting the stupid idiotic email stating “we have decided to go with another candidate…” you know the deal. i have already moved in with my sister. i am miserable. i have been to more job fairs(before i realized that they don’t hire) i mean seriously 1 position available. also who can only work part time. wth.

  • apple

    @chicnoir the place where i interned about 30-40 of the 50 employees were interns… any fashion job would be idea to me really.. or any creative job rather.. shit even being administrative assistant to the job would be good enough! i kind of feel hopeless because i can’t even get a regular job in my marketing field.. or anything.. should i learn to pole grind now and realize thats the only way i’m going to crack any type of income? shit maybe i should go to basketball games so i can be a basketball wife.. oops i mean girlfriend of 10 years.

    @lauren her sister knew the guy that gave her the job, but i understand what you mean. but the thing about networking is, some people won’t really lend out a hand to help you..the person has to be willing help you (i dont mean give you the job but at least give a mention or tell you about a hidden job, and some people don’t want to do that anymore)

  • edub

    +100 NONE, I mean NONE of my STEM friends are unemployed. 60% of my non-STEM friends are.

  • Aletta situation is a little bit different, but I don’t believe in laziness and maybe I’m extreme than most, but so be it. I also live in the Great White North which did relatively better than a lot of other countries economically during the economic downturn. If anything this recession has taught us, is that you really can’t depend on an employer, the government, or an ‘edumacation’ to get you a job. Rather, why rely on an employer? Create your own opportunities.

    During highschool and undergrad (graduated 2 years ago) I continued to work 2-3 jobs at once (and still do!), and in some cases had 5 part-time jobs even whilst in school, some of which were legitimate online jobs. I worked in every industry from pharma to advertising to working in call centres, to financial industry…get this I even WORKED ABROAD in Europe for two years! Did my grades suffer? Yep. Ask me how many employers asked about my grades post-graduation…*birds chirping*…drumroll…zero! That being said, I scarified things like my health and family/friends but I have never been unemployed for any stretch of time unless I specifically wanted to be, and that was when I was working too much. I ended up with a liberal arts degree, but I paired it with minors in useful languages and writing. These are things that you can use to market yourself, and to which I have.

    With multiple jobs I have also been able to leverage my working hours with multiple employers. Contracts that were supposed to end, got extended, and as a result I have some great references. If you are that skilled and show an excellent work ethic employers will do everything they can to keep you. Why? It’s more work for them to find someone to replace you.

    Currently I’m working in the financial industry but because I’m multilingual I have opportunities to move across divisions and even to our other corporate locations around the world. As we all know, its not what you know, it’s who you know. Even though I worked hard and held down multiple jobs, I networked and most importantly, I spent that extra hour or two volunteering each week. Well your next question will be, “I don’t have time to volunteer”. No excuses! Stop watching mindless TV drama or reading that gossip blog and get up and get out and ‘do something’. Volunteering looks great on a resume, and it opened up doors for me.

    That being said, some people also feel that they’re ‘too big’ to do certain jobs. For me, nothing was too big. If it meant working in customer service or data entry, then so be it. Get out of your comfort zone as well, be open to new things. So there’s a new place hiring on the other side of the country or the city but you don’t want to move? If you’re not in a committed relationship or have kids, then what are you waiting for?!

    Think about it ladies, we live on a continent that many people around the world are dying to live in. We have a whole heap of resources at our disposal, namely the Internet! There are so many ways you can connect with people and I don’t mean sending just one email. Persistence is key! It’s up to YOU to sacrifice some things for a little while to get to where you want to be.


    If anyone wants more advice/tips, I’ll be glad to dish it out.

  • mdottwo

    Could the fact that 40 millions illegal aliens and their children sucking up all the resources that use to go to young people in this nation, have something to do with the lack of resources, jobs and opportunities for American citizen graduates?

    Resources are finite. We cannot educate Mexico and all countries south of the border; provide them with medical care, jobs, social services, and offer the children of illegals reduced tuition, and places in our colleges and universities without disenfranchising our own young people.

    It is ridiculous to blame our young graduates in any way. They have been betrayed by politicians who place their international political agenda ahead of their obligation to the American people.

  • MsQuita

    That is exactly why I am working in the medical field and also going to school for radiology….. medical positions will always be in demand. I think it is terrible that people are in such huge debt and have nothing to show for it but the degree. Times are hard.

  • Chrissy

    I agree Nic.

    I’ve been seriously thinking of living abroad as well.

  • Chloe

    Its extremely difficult to obtain a job now. If you do not meet the exact position specifications; it is unlikely that the employer will call you back. There was a time when entry level positions required no work experience and a two or four year degree. So, back then, many college graduates, graduated college and were able to obtain employment and work there way up the totem pole. Now, things are vastly different; entry level positions now require: two to five years of work experience, an externship or internship, and a four year degree. Not only that, many of the entry level positions pay less than $14.00 an hour and provide no health, dental, or vision plans (at least here in Texas). Anything less than $30,000 a year is ridiculous considering those expensive four years in college. I noticed there was a mistake in the article that excluded zoology from the sciences. I would also like to add that just because you obtain a degree in chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics does not mean you are going to find a job. I have a lot of friends who graduated with honors with a degree in biology, chemistry, or mathematics, who are not employed. Unfortunately, race plays a huge role in who is employed or unemployed in the STEM field. If you are white then you will not have as a difficult time obtaining employment in the STEM field. Many of my girlfriends are going back to school for nursing because they could not obtain a job in the field of biology.

    I have noticed that information technology, computer science, and nursing are pretty much THE only fields where you can graduate college and find a job in less than a year. The fields also start off paying really well with great benefits.

    Lastly, I disagree with the person who stated that there are many jobs available. There appear to be many jobs available, but in reality there are very few. What I have noticed, is that when a job is posted on a company’s hiring website that job has usually been posted before. On several of the company websites that I have joined they readily open, close, and re-post the same positions over and over again, making it seem as though they are hiring a great deal of people, when in reality they are not hiring anyone.

  • Dreaming

    Yes, I too have noticed that employers post the same jobs over and over, which makes job hunting that much more difficult, because one cannot keep applying to the same job over and over.

    The reason I said that there are many jobs available is because companies have positions that need to be filled that they do not post externally, or they are using one person to do the job of three people.

  • JoJo

    Aletta girl, I like your attitude and everything you said. Right on!

    I think one of the biggest problem with recent college grads is that they refuse to settle for the “less than glamorous” jobs in the beginning. Despite a degree, most employers cater more to experience than education (unfair but true). And yes, it is about who you know and not what you know. The ultimate goal is to get your foot in the door. If you have to get in by filing papers as you sing your ABC’s, then that’s just what you gotta do. Do it with enthusiasm and watch how quick you get to the top.

  • Tiff

    I graduated with a BS in engineering and Im still having a hard time finding a job. My BS is nothing and a few of my friends that have a masters is in the same boat. The only thing that is really getting the employers eyes know a days are certifications. IF you dont have one your chances of getting a job is way harder.

  • Nikesha

    I graduated in the calm before the storm. April of 2008. I was fortunate to get a job in July before the market crashed that fall. However, the recovery has been slow going as companies aren’t willing to shell out cash for new hires or pay overtime when it is due. Meanwhile the loans are piling up a sista needs more than gas and groceries.

    I feel for these grads coming out of undergrad and even grad school with so much promise and nowhere to shine.

  • African Mami

    *slow clap*, followed by a “standing ovation*

    How does somebody not give up, when they send 100,000 resumes everyday and still no response?

  • African Mami

    quit with the RIDONC illegal immigrants assertions, for the most part they don’t even have the skill set that is required to get a corporate job!!! Urrrrrgh! c’mon.

  • Doctora E

    Folks need to get real and stop the blame game. How does spending $$ you dont have on an education you dont value with no plan make any sense? Before entering a degree-earning program you should KNOW how that degree will benefit you. There is nothing wrong with pursuing an education for the sake of knowledge but that doesn’t mean it will earn a j-o-b.
    It pains me to see my peers deeply in debt and un- or under-employed because they thought going to college was IT. Figure out what you want to do, then make a plan. And work hard! And use condoms, lol.
    Btw… Im a dentist. 27 years of age. Single, but not for long :-)

  • mdottwo

    They are doing jobs like dentists, lawyers, talk show hosts, mechanical engineers, contractors, journalists, medical assistants and every other job that Americans want, can do and always have done. Do you think 40 million people are cutting grass, harvesting crops and cleaning toilets? Do you think they dream of growing up to be janitors?

    The Dream Act is designed to displace American youth in our colleges and universities with the children of illegals. And they are asking us to pay for their higher education(after we have already paid for their elementary and high school) by giving them reduced tuition and places in admissions ahead of the children of American citizens who have paid into the system.

    Don’t let your multicultural propaganda training render you brain dead. In California alone over 223,000 in Illinois over 117,000 children of illegals are born every year. Add those numbers with all the numbers of other states with high illegal residency over a five year period, and you have millions upon millions of children of people who broken into our system and are force feeding their offspring into our jobs pipelines. And this has been going on for decades. Just like we had a manipulated housing bubble that has collapsed our economy. The same thing has happened to our jobs pipelines for America’s educated youth. Corporations have taken millions of jobs out of the country, while corporations and politicians are working together to keep our borders open so that they can continue to fulfill their demand for cheap labor. These invaders have hijacked citizenship for their foreign national children. The children of these cheap laborers demand to have the same jobs for which all American youth compete. It is patently unfair to the legal youth of this nation to be trained(via multicultural propaganda) to give away their future to the children of illegal foreigners who sucking the resources intended for the children of legal Americans citizens who have paid into the system. Wake up America. Nations have border for good reasons.

  • D

    I think a good field to get into is, well, the one I’ve been in. Computer programming/data analysis is a field on the up and up and one you can teach yourself and get credentials (I have a liberal arts degree and got a certification in that). And it pays pretty well.

  • D

    Also, one thing that helps me in looking for a job is seizing face to face networking opportunities or using and other gatherings to learn stuff about your field and trade cards. Trying to get in with the higher ups of your profession and have conversation with them, or even an informational interview helps. I’ve also used internet resources like I think that there are some fields that require less training or that one can teach themselves to get into. Or stuff like New York Teaching Fellows that, though very challenging, provides a degree and teaching experience. But I’m thinking of taking the high road back to grad school (for LIT, yes I’m crazy), so I’m in for it.

  • AlesiaMichelle

    I got a decent job upon graduation… But, the fight is real out there, recent grads need to be ready to compromise and get flexible. APPLy APPLY APPLY EVERYWHERE!!

  • Layla.

    Thats great to hear! What is your degree in? Is your job within the work field you were hoping for?

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  • Ash

    Graduating in Winter 2010 I have JUST found a full-time position with a good starting salary and benefits. It has taken almost two years and I’ve gone through many positions including car sales, being a receptionist, and working retail but have finally found a position where I can use my BA in communications as an Events Manager. My best advice is to keep trying. Keep interviewing and you WILL find the right position. It takes a lot of patience and yes I had to move home after college as well, but it feels good to know I can finally move out in a few months. While being an Events Manager isn’t necessarily my dream job I am qualified and happy to get started while I work on my dream on the side. Be patient, network, stay positive and your blessing will come.

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