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I made the mistake yesterday of reading The Nations Recession Stories. There was all of one story in there that made me sympathetic to the writers plight. I can't tell if this makes me a cold-hearted corporate drone, or just someone that's lived more than 25 years.

Seriously, there's just no way that I'm going to feel sorry for someone who didn't get a job in the field that they studied. No one I know has a job anything related to their degree. If there's one thing I learned in college, it's that a degree is just an indicator of a willingness to learn and work, nothing more.

My recession story? It takes place in 1998. And then again in 2001. And now. For the first 2, I was unemployed. Now I'm lucky enough to have a job, in large part because I sucked it up during the last 2 and went where the work was. Marketable skills are good to have, and the boom times are the times to take advantage of the training offered by employers.

I understand where these young people were coming from. They honestly thought that things would be easy when they got out of college. I get that, I was in the same boat. What makes me crazy is that they're not willing to bend, to be flexible enough to get through this and then move on when things get better. I guess they just don't teach survival skills in school.
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Yeah - these stories were depressing and frustrating.

Don't you know anyone who got an engineering degree? Pretty much everyone I know who has a hard sciences or engineering degree is in that chosen field, and a lot of the folks who did pre-med went on like you'd expect.

But if most of your friends got a degree in journalism or history, yeah, I think that might be a bit more of an exception

My husband has an EE - and he's doing software dev. I think it has something to do with the post-college support you get from your school of choice. Ours was made of fail.

And if you use it. I think lots o folks just go 'looking for jobs' and don't really use the career services office much. I know my peers didn't use it much. I guess if you've got your own connections and network and stuff...but I didn't really. So I got a job and my first job out of school was at an international business where I could use my International Studies with a Concentration in Business more or less pretty well. At least it seemed appropriate to my degree. It just turns out that I'm not actually as much of a glob trotter as I thought I was, and I don't really like business all that much...so now I'm not doing a damn thing with my degree.

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