For people that have the most interest/need for this article, the ways to create
opportunity is the most important part--I wish the writer had given it more
attention and detail.
"he graduated with a degree in English" End of story.
The biggest thing I see as a problem are people with degrees in Communications
or Psychology thinking they are worth six figures even though they have no
experience. Or they graduate with a Business degree and think they will walk
right into an executive position. Build a resume with experience and supplement
it with a degree; not the other way around. My degree is in Criminal Justice
but my experience and career is in Corporate Training. The degree is important
to get a job, but just don't expect it to be in the same field that you
studied. I couldn't afford the pay cut to work in law enforcement, but
having the degree gets me jobs simply because I have one. It could be in
underwater basket weaving for all it has mattered. Companies just want to see
experience these days. The degree sets you apart from similarly qualified
candidates, but employers care less about what the degree is in and more about
how much experience you have.
My 77-year old mother (who chooses to work to keep herself busy) and my 24-year
old daughter both have more job offers than they can handle. I've had
conversations with both of them about stories like this, and why they think
their experience is different. I certainly don't want to generalize
negatively, but they both say that potential employers seem to be begging for
hard-working, dependable, and competent employees. Sometimes the reason people
can't find jobs is that they don't have a track record of
demonstrating those attributes. Granted, everyone has to get experience somehow,
and it's hard to break through and get that first position, but speaking
from experience based upon resumes and cover letters I receive, lack of correct
spelling and proper grammar eliminates a lot of candidates from consideration.
Get an IT degree (e.g. Computer Science) and take general ed. electives in
English, History, Latin, or whatever your interested in or just study it on your
own. There simply isn't a demand for Women's Studies graduates but
there's an overwhelming demand for engineers.
The job market is not a difficult puzzle to solve. If you have a marketable
skill, you will find work. The problem is often that people are unwilling to
make the effort to acquire the skill.
I graduated in Broadcast Journalism in 1977. When I got out of college I could
see that I had no marketable skills. I didn't have the money to return to
school. I took a number of entry level jobs. I went to night school and learned
word processing. I did that for a few years but now that is obsolete so I am at
the age of 57 doing entry level work.
I feel sorry for people that can't find work but at the same time I
don't. I don't have a degree of any kind. Wend to Insurance School and
51 years old, pass a very tough State Insurance Exam and have been successful
selling Insurance for the past few years. If someone is L.D.S. they should
follow the spirit and let that be their guide and they have work. The Lord will
Seldom seen is right. English is a great thing to know and understand, but may
not get a job. We have an anti business administration and that has not helped
our economy. Red tape, high taxes, etc. are not conducive to a good job market.
Back in the middle 2000's there were bill boards all over the place looking
for new employees. One should not ignore the benefits of such things as
welding, electrician, carpentry, plumbing, auto mechanics,etc.
Welcome to illegal immigration, Americans... what a number of us have been
trying to tell you for years. Greedy businessmen and others have been combining
against you to drive unemployment up and in turn drive wages down and been
accomplishing this by buying corrupt politicians who then have effectively
nullified immigration law in America. It is basic: flood the nation with
foreigners both legal and illegal; this will drive American unemployment up, and
wages down. Jesus foresaw that Greed would be a major problem in
our day. No wonder He spoke of Camels, and of Eyes of Needles.