It kind of seems like people have been telling my generation our whole lives that the job market sucks. It has been a topic of conversation ever since we were in middle school and didn’t even have ability to stare 5 years into our future and think about what we wanted to major in when we got to college.
When forced to start thinking about it as we emerged into our teen years, we all threw out some ideas that seemed like good careers that would make us happy. We wanted to be teachers, nurses, artists, and psychologists. We wanted to teach people, help people, create, and cause change.
But teachers don’t make money – we were told. Everyone wants to be a nurse, it’s too competitive – we were told. An artist isn’t a career – we were told. You aren’t going to go anywhere with that unless you want to be in school for the rest of your life – we were told.
I always wanted to do something with English and creative writing, I even listed it as my major when I made my first scary steps into college. But questions flooded me – what are you going to do with that? Do you think you’ll make any money? You consider that a career?
I guess it wasn’t practical, to do what I wanted to do. So I chose to major in advertising, a field that is always growing. I chose to minor in journalism, because I did like to write. I chose to concentrate in new media, because it was artistic and taught me about the new world of media and social media.
Yet here I am, starting my search for a career and consistently coming up empty. For every 40 jobs I apply to, I will maybe hear back from 3. And maybe get an interview from one of them. I spend my days on online job boards clicking apply, submitting my resume, refilling out information that is already on my resume, then confirming that I am a white female that is not disabled and is not a protected veteran. Over and over and over again.
These online job boards send you “no-reply” emails, so you have no chance of ever contacting the person you want to work for. You’re lucky if someone even sends you an email to deny you, they’ll most likely ignore you.
I was fortunate enough to land a great internship for the summer. I have experience, but entry level jobs now apparently require at least 3 years experience. And any entry level job that doesn’t, will probably have you sitting at a desk making pesky phone calls or going door to door for sales.
So thanks for warning me about the failing job market, I guess I just thought it would get better or changing my career path would help me out. For now, I’ll be receiving dozens of confirmation emails and waiting around until someone decides to make me an accepted postgrad, instead of a rejected one.