Every news source seems to be reporting the same now that summer is here. More bad news for job seekers! Except this time its so bad even high school students can’t find temporary summer jobs. The lack of of seasonal employment is said to be at its lowest since World War II! How is any educated professional or recent graduate expected to find a job when even simple seasonal employment cannot be found? Something is terribly wrong and its just getting worse. Seems like its slowly trickling down to every workforce group. There are countless numbers of students set to start or return to college in the fall, but how can they justify that in this market. Of course many will feel its best to ride this out while getting an education. It could be that for some the better choice could be just forgoing the debt they will accumulate and college. What do you think? Would you start college in the Fall?
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My journey includes significant experience working within the sports industry. I mention that only to emphasize the irony of the idea of having a Plan C. Yes…I made that up in my head but please be open to my rationale.
During all of the work I have done for organizations from little league all the way up to professional sports, the universal lecture to ALL is have a Plan B! Right??? Right! So I’m just a bit curious if there are any parents, or mentors out there in this fascinating time we are living cautioning young people in their lives as they run up to them with gusto and naivete saying, “I want to go to college”, replying to them, “I support your dream, but make sure you have a Plan C just in case that higher education thing does not work out!”
Historically a college education has carried the weight of being a solid foundation to implement your Plan B effectively. I’m of the opinion the solid foundation that has held our beloved Plan B for so many years has a severe crack in it. Could the irony now exist of having a back-up plan “just in case” our wild dreams of being a college educated, gainfully employed, financially productive citizen does not happen either despite all of your hard work, hopes, and dreams? Educated…now what?
Not a Buyers’ Market…
Has the degree industry become like the real estate industry? (And yes, I did say degree industry on purpose) Are you upside down in the return on your investment? Did you pay more for your degree yesterday than its’ worth today? Upside-down mortgage…does that sound familiar?
Or perhaps the purchase of a college degree is metaphorically more reflective of the purchase of a car. What is exactly the total cost of ownership of a 2012 model college degree? The moment your drove that shiny new degree off the university lot, did it depreciate in value? If you sold your degree back to the university would you be upside- down in that car note?
Just like there is sometimes a great time to buy, or a great time to sell, could there possibly also be a great time to get educated?
We are looking for anyone interested in guest blogging and sharing their experiences,knowledge or just venting. Are you Educated, Now What? ….then we want to hear from you! You don’t have be an experienced blogger as we are all about sharing the real stories of the educated.
Useless Degree Syndrome (UDS)
Just coming to realize you might have been infected by a useless degree? At what point did you realize there might be a bigger problem?
Symptoms of (UDS)
*Past due bill payments and you want to pay your bills soooooo badly
*Inability to pay back the student loans for that precious degree hanging on your wall
*Endless job searches with no tangible results
*Growing resentment for trying to better yourself
*Inbox filled with rejections from jobs first thing in the morning
*Responses from jobs you forgot you even applied for
*Unexplained or unprovoked aggression towards underwhelming job descriptions *Uncontrolled twitching of the eye to the term “overqualified”
*Slight depression intermingled with overpowering determination to not be a statistic
*Reoccurring hallucinations that you are regressing in life instead of progressing
*Lack of mental understanding in areas such as:
-Earning a job in your field
-Making almost the same salary I did long before I had a degree
-Not being hired because you are actually the best candidate