Recent college grads w/little exp., how did you find a job related to your degree?

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    Recent college grads w/little exp., how did you find a job related to your degree?

    My son completed his BS in Business Administration at the end of April. He just turned 22 so in addition to being young he doesn't have much work experience. He has submitted numerous online applications daily for the past 6 weeks. This has only netted him 3 interviews. Two of which he decided were not right for him. Research indicated they were not good places to work and pay was based upon commission. The 3rd place he was very interested in, but they decided to go with a different candidate.

    What he is running into is everyone wants you to already have experience. Most of his experience is from summer jobs (fast food, laser engraving place, taxes/data entry). None of these jobs really relates to his degree. The tax/data entry place probably comes the closest, but still not really what he wants to do. He is more than willing to start at the bottom if there are opportunities to move up into, but he's not having much luck even being called for jobs that only require a high school education. Most of them still want 3 to 5 years experience.

    He's quite discouraged and a bit depressed right now. I keep telling him that someone will call and to not give up. But I wish I had something more concrete to offer him.

    Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, about what he might be doing wrong or may need to do differently?




    ETA
    MY son would like to work in the banking industry and was told that perhaps he could start as a teller and then move up. He has applied for many teller positions and has not received a single call for an interview. When I was in the bank this past week I noticed a young teller, I asked him how he went about securing his position. He said he applied online.

    Found out he was 19 with only a high school education and they hired him. My son is 22 with previous cashier/customer service experience and a college degree and he can't even get an interview?
    Last edited by GhostWhisperer; 06-15-2017 at 12:42 PM.
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    Story of my life since graduating from undergrad bachelor's in 2013 and grad master's in 2017. I am 28. There were no jobs related to my respective degrees, in fact, very few. Applied for fast food places, bookstores, corporations, businesses, schools, etc. No answer. Sure, I have internship experience, and volunteer positions, but no experience in relation to the ridiculous standards of experience. Yes, a lot of them want 3-5 years of experience (really?), which is absurd. These "qualifications and requirements" are beyond unrealistic and ultimately unhelpful. I get annoyed that companies say that my educational level is "overqualified" for me to handle a basic job just like anyone else with a high school degree.

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    Have him attend some resume/cover letter writing classes. It is often how you write these letters that really make or break it.

    In the meantime instead of being discouraged, do some volunteer work that is similar to where he wanted to go. It might make him look better on his resume...or at least keep his mind off his frustrations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noctis View Post
    I get annoyed that companies say that my educational level is "overqualified" for me to handle a basic job just like anyone else with a high school degree.
    I actually wondered if my son is not getting called for the teller jobs because he's overqualified or they think he would be bored with the job. He just wants to get his foot in the door so that he can start acquiring the experience they want for the higher level. jobs. I agree it's quite frustrating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnson.han.3 View Post
    Have him attend some resume/cover letter writing classes. It is often how you write these letters that really make or break it.

    In the meantime instead of being discouraged, do some volunteer work that is similar to where he wanted to go. It might make him look better on his resume...or at least keep his mind off his frustrations.
    I've suggested to him that perhaps his resume or cover letter needs some tweaking. but he said it was looked over by the head of the business department at college. I may encourage him a little more in this direction, but I don't want him to feel like I"m being a pushy overbearing mom. So it requires a bit of diplomacy on my part to figure out how to approach. I really just want to help him, but I fear I'll end up adding to the frustration.

    He could definitely do some volunteer work, but he's got student loan payments that he has to start making in a few months so that is weighing heavy on his mind. Ultimately he knows he could get hired in a heart beat at just about any of the local fast food chains, but it's a bit demoralizing to spend so much time and money to end up in a minimum wage job you could get without a college education.

    But he may very well have to do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamaix View Post
    I've suggested to him that perhaps his resume or cover letter needs some tweaking. but he said it was looked over by the head of the business department at college. I may encourage him a little more in this direction, but I don't want him to feel like I"m being a pushy overbearing mom. So it requires a bit of diplomacy on my part to figure out how to approach. I really just want to help him, but I fear I'll end up adding to the frustration.

    He could definitely do some volunteer work, but he's got student loan payments that he has to start making in a few months so that is weighing heavy on his mind. Ultimately he knows he could get hired in a heart beat at just about any of the local fast food chains, but it's a bit demoralizing to spend so much time and money to end up in a minimum wage job you could get without a college education.

    But he may very well have to do that.
    YEa... it is amazing how an entry job requires...1-2 years of experience.
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    I have a good career now, but I was in this spot just a couple of years ago so I thought I would weigh in.

    First, I would suggest starting by sobering considering what your options are with that major. I earned my Bachelor's in Physics, and I realized with a little poking around that the best career options for that are teaching and grad school. I really was not interested in neither of those, so I ended up having a career in a field unrelated to my major. The key is that I got this job through connections I had. If he has connections that could get him a job, even if it is something less than ideal, that is a tree worth barking up.

    Beyond that, this is a tough climate to be a recent grad. I worked multiple low-wage jobs for a year before I was able to get my big break. It is hard to deal with constant rejection, but it is something you have to do and it is worth it to come out on the other end. There are no magic solutions here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiT View Post
    Beyond that, this is a tough climate to be a recent grad. I worked multiple low-wage jobs for a year before I was able to get my big break. It is hard to deal with constant rejection, but it is something you have to do and it is worth it to come out on the other end. There are no magic solutions here.
    Yep. The fancy stuff on the resume needs to go. Excruciating, but realistic. Save it for later. He needs to swallow his pride and get whatever he can. Once he's employed and has a lower-management or some kind of specialty position, he can combine that with his accomplishments to launch himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noctis View Post
    Story of my life since graduating from undergrad bachelor's in 2013 and grad master's in 2017. I am 28. There were no jobs related to my respective degrees, in fact, very few. Applied for fast food places, bookstores, corporations, businesses, schools, etc. No answer. Sure, I have internship experience, and volunteer positions, but no experience in relation to the ridiculous standards of experience. Yes, a lot of them want 3-5 years of experience (really?), which is absurd. These "qualifications and requirements" are beyond unrealistic and ultimately unhelpful. I get annoyed that companies say that my educational level is "overqualified" for me to handle a basic job just like anyone else with a high school degree.
    Similar for me, two years out of undergrad trying to find "entry level" work and no luck (aside from an online consulting internship I started doing in 2014 -graduated at the end of 2014 btw -
    that is open to taking me on more regularly but... again, has difficulties with financing it themselves). Either with something relevant to my degree & career interests, or completely unrelated, didnt seem to matter (even for data entry and reception roles, I've found you need crazy-fast typing speeds, including on a 10-key, and additional experience with reception in the latter case).

    Only recently have I had more luck, but only because I went back to school and now point out in interviews I'm looking to get a Master's (I'm in a grad certificate program that can credit-transfer to a master's, or at least partially , depending on school course transfer policies). The key difference being the school sends me weekly job and internship listings (i.e. people actively recruiting students, as opposed to the entirety of the internet), which have gotten me a far better hit rate in a few months than hundreds of applications I've sent out online for two years +. "Networking" is not my forte so i almost feel like i cheated (well, tuition is expensive, though, so I guess you're paying for something).

    Even so, now I work two internships, one is unpaid, one has a stipend for the summer (dont know what happens after the project w/ the stipend is completed). So still far less than ideal on the money side (considering a Master's might put me further into debt, though i'm going to do as well as i can with gpa and GREs to increase chances of scholarship and/or assistantship opportunities). Though I think both are a big plus and as close to ideal as I could expect on the experience side.

    If nothing else, it has helped me in recovering from the huge blow to self-esteem/sense of self in general that is job hunting. I have never felt so rejected and useless in my life (probably because I tend to wrap up my identity in my "competency" in a general sense). I am (I think) being fairly realistic about it, so considering the limited experience I have, as college grads often do these days, it's still somewhat of a relief that someone values my natural strengths and interests, even if for now they're not paying me.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamaix View Post
    I actually wondered if my son is not getting called for the teller jobs because he's overqualified or they think he would be bored with the job. He just wants to get his foot in the door so that he can start acquiring the experience they want for the higher level. jobs. I agree it's quite frustrating.
    My sister wrote up a cover letter for her boyfriend, who is 22 this month, to work as a sales associate at a neighborhood used electronics place (like used computers and xboxes etc). Responded to a job listing on craigslist. This is when he was 19 I believe, or maybe 20, and still in college..with an undeclared major and some shitty grades in his freshman year (mostly in math and physics courses, thought he was gonna do computer science or something.

    I applied twice, and I had already graduated. Never heard from them either time.

    Another thing to consider is maybe in some respects, "it's not you, it's them". They probably thoughg I was overqualified, but they also went through some firings and lettings-go, even among management, which keeps changing. And they aren't doing well themselves. I think that factors in as well. To some degree you have to go where the money is because it's easier to see every new employee as a liability when money is tight
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjahitsawall View Post

    If nothing else, it has helped me in recovering from the huge blow to self-esteem/sense of self in general that is job hunting. I have never felt so rejected and useless in my life (probably because I tend to wrap up my identity in my "competency" in a general sense). I am (I think) being fairly realistic about it, so considering the limited experience I have, as college grads often do these days, it's still somewhat of a relief that someone values my natural strengths and interests, even if for now they're not paying me.
    Job hunting is definitely hard on self esteem. My son started out full of steam, confidence and enthusiasm, but as the weeks have drug by I've noticed him getting more and more discouraged. He could have had the first job he interviewed for, but he turned it down. It was a commission job selling insurance policies and it held zero appeal to him. He is not exactly the pushy salesman type.

    He told me this evening that he was called for a 3rd interview for a marketing job he interviewed for a week ago. He hasn't decided whether he will opt out of the interview or not. The hours aren't very good and at 22 years old he wants a little time for dating and friends. The job is 6 days a week and weird hours (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) making it hard to have a life outside of work. Plus there is driving time on top of that. I'm wondering if I should encourage him to just resign himself to no life for the next couple of years, or to hold out for something better. I need a crystal ball.
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