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Are Grads Realistic About Finding Their First Jobs?

Nealeigh Mitchell | MonsterCollege

May 14, 2010


A Major is Minor


While graduating with a 4.0 in 1900 Victorian History with a minor in Latin is impressive, grads may be hard-pressed to find a job in need of this expertise in today’s economy. A laundry list of awards and achievements, excellent grades, and recommendations is important, but thousands of recent grads pouring into the job pool tout the same accomplishments and studied similar majors. The best way to widen job prospects is to be flexible in the search. Grads should look outside their immediate major and let internships and volunteer work make up for any expertise they may lack. Employers are looking for well-rounded individuals with a wide range of experience.

The Good News:

While a whopping 96% of future grads say they intend to get a job related to their major, they seem to be more adaptive and open-minded in their search. Almost half of grads are willing to consider taking a job outside of their interest or education level. But not all grads will have to mull over an opportunity outside of their field. Certain sectors are hiring despite the economic slump. Retail, accounting, and information technology sectors are going strong. Business, engineering, and technical majors also remain in demand. Grads should see this opportunity to beef up their resumes with internships, externships and volunteering experiences. Don’t forget to draw a connection from these experiences to the positions applied for and highlight transferable skills.

Next Page: Money Matters, but It Isn’t Everything →


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    Caliesque

    over 1 year ago

    2 comments

    "So is a college degree even worth it? The answer is yes, yes, yes!"

    Ok, I have never read an argument that gives an answer with anti-supporting facts. I have a B.S. in Environmental Science and minor in Biology with 8K in student loan debt. Ok, so my parents will pick up my loan payments, but the only job I can find is a seasonal job at Target. Fabulous. Yep, this is what I went to school for and got a 3.7 GPA. And, the best part is....wait for it... because I have a B.S. AND a good GPA AND a Phi Beta Kappa membership...I can't even get a callback for a full-time job at Subway because I'm overqualified! YES! A B.S. degree was so worth it!

    Environmental jobs were supposed to pick up - but instead they haven't grown at all! Environmental firms are on a hiring freeze, most companies refuse to hire me because I don't have enough experience (2 environmental internships don't count?), and my previous networking contacts won't help me out.

    Hey, at least I have volunteer work that directly relates to my major. Oh, wait. I had to MOVE just to find non-paid work. That's okay, though, because my boyfriend picks up the tab. Yep - I sure feel like a winner. I desperately want to find a job and be on my own, but this economy won't let me. I'm forever enslaved by the moorings of America's stagnant economy. I sure feel like a winner.

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    adkissonr

    almost 2 years ago

    10 comments

    Wow, after reading this article I'm even more depressed (despite the "Good news" on each page). If I had taken schooling seriously after high school and was in my early to mid 20s, this article would be great! But I'm 37 and just got my Associate's degree. I have a wife and 3 young children, so "waiting out the recession" isn't really an option. I have a family to support. I guess the only good part about this is to let me be an example to all you young college students out there to make sure to take things seriously, make a plan for your future, and do it! Because the "catching up" is a much harder road to take.

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    Iknowroute0610

    almost 2 years ago

    4 comments

    My family is counting on me getting a job. I hope that things will turn out well for me. I am a Paralegal Studies major, and I still plan to continue my education with political science and international relations. Problem is, I am worried. These are all competitive fields, but I need the money now. No one goes to college just for fun. Now, most of us are in college so we can make better futures for ourselves, and if you have your own, your family.

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    Antmalcolm89

    about 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I got to Queensborough Community College. I'm on my 6th semester. I see now that it very hard to get a job even for retail and the food industry. My family is going hard on me to get a job but they don't understand whats going on to the economy. Unless you have a bachelors degree, you most likely wont get anywhere. I've also noticed that people aren't taking part-time students. What now?

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    Etiler

    about 2 years ago

    28 comments

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    charlesashok

    almost 3 years ago

    4 comments

    It might take some time for some grads to become more realistic about their job search in this economy.

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    Frank_Ball

    over 3 years ago

    19756 comments

    Please keep your comments on topic to the article -- Any comments posted with embedded links leading to questionable infected sites outside MonsterCollege will be removed and the poster's account will be banned from MonsterCollege. Thank you.

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    Tenesia

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a recent graduate registered nurse, that graduated last May and could not find a job. As luck would have it I was finally offered a job last week, 1 year later! I came out of school not knowing how bad the market was. You would not think that a nurse would have such a hard time finding a job but with the bad economy, hospitals did not have it in their budget to invest in new grads, no matter how short staffted they actually were. Its a tough market out there but you just have to stick with it and make the job search a full time job. Networking and making connections is your best bet!!! Being proactive and knocking on doors instead of just applying online is your 2nd best bet. I have lost hope several times, but you can't give up, just keep going back to the drawing board!

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    rac1481

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I guess you can say I am lucky. I graduated in December and was hired in November for a job that started in January. I put in the time and landed a good job. Starting salary 35,000 plus commission. I am a logistics broker I went to school for international business and I do about 10% of that. the fact is I had to move to take my job. Sometimes in order to get ahead you have to take a leap of faith. The company that hired me payed me to Interview then paid me to move to Charlotte. On top of that they flew me to headquarters for a meet and greet. The jobs are there. Just put in more time. And ask yourself everyday if you did enough. I still answer no everyday, and it's not a bad thing.

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    msigsbey

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am about to get an MS in Computer Science, and I still can't find any work. Been looking for over 6 months.

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    wlahaye

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm glad that everyone is aware of the situation. But I don't think that necessarily makes it "good news"

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    Janay

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This article is so unrealistic. I'm a studio art major and I've been looking over a year. Not even unpaid internships land me anything. What about the people who are not working for over a year? The homeless youth who can't live with their parents? The people No One, and I mean no one from office job to toilet cleaner, will give a chance to?!

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    haphilli

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This article is interesting and somewhat reassuring. I am one of those that got a full time job out of college, from an internship I had done in the past. It is not perfect, but it's experience in my line of work, I am making less that $25K a year, and seeing that others are having the same experience makes me a little bit more assured that it's not just me. I keep looking, but nothing yet where I want to be (SF) doing what I went to school for (city planning/urban design). So I stay, extending my experience, getting paid enough to get by, but not to pay off the student loans waiting for attention. This article is very accurate I think. Good job, and a good realistic perspective of what is really going on.

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    AllAboutLoans

    almost 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Attitude and enthusiasm are the key attributes when looking for a job, be enthusistic and sell yourself well. Do your homework and make sure you know as much as you can find out about your prospective employer, if you can demonstrate your eagerness to impress you will give yourself every chance.

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    yrod

    almost 4 years ago

    6 comments

    I can relate to this college grad article because I have a Bachelor degree in Business Administration majoring in finance and a minor in management and it has been a tough path to be able to find a job related to my field of study since in all businesses the basic requirements are 5 years of experience for an assistant position. I believe there are many college grads like me eagerly to find a job who gives us the opportunity to apply what we have learned in college, learn the real deal of our field of study and make a contribution to any company who hire us. I guess as professionals we will keep looking for a brighter future since it can't be for nothing all the sacrifice and effort we have put on earning our degree.

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