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Originally posted by pattigurlatl pattigurlatl wrote:

You really have to decide what is important to you, money or passion in what you do. Very few people are able to have both.

Networking is the key to really succeed in any field you choose as well as understanding your market worth. I work in Network Security but I originally went to school for Journalism. I had to adapt to the changing and emerging needs of today's society. And it worked out to my benefit. I know people who went to law school and practiced and were successful only to leave it all and do home renovations and become even more successful.

The key is to not be discourage and not see your degree as your only way out and certainly not see it as a mistake or a waste of time. All knowledge adds value to who you are. You just have to sell it. And everything is marketable. Art degrees, Physical Therapy, History Degrees, Marine Biology....they all matter.

I wish everyone good luck because I know how hard it can be.

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Originally posted by r0ck_starr r0ck_starr wrote:

Girl I am so there with you!

I just graduated in June with a B.A. in History. I was headed to law school - teaching - then law school again. I've finally settled on wanting to be a special education teacher. However, when I first left college I couldn't find a job to save my life. I blamed everything from myself to my major and it seemed like everyone had a job but me. I finally got a full time job in retail in the mall as a manager in training. I hated it! I got another one to make more money and quite that too. It isn't worth being unhappy and folding clothes with a degree. After I quit, I took a long break and decided to look for something that I would actually want to do. I quit in the early part of December and I was unemployed for about a month. I was completely frustrated before I found something again. I was like how am I going to pay for my car and I'm tired of not being able to afford going out. 
Finally, I went on Craiglist as I do everyday and found a part time position at a non-profit about 8 minutes away from where I live. It's only part time but its exactly what I want to do. They're even giving me my own classroom to work with the special education students exclusively. So all I have to say is keep working at it and don't give up even if you only get a little ahead. Before I found work I tutored privately so make you find some fliers about what you're offering. Also, volunteer. I still volunteer at an elementary school. You CAN do this!


We have the same major so you have me spooked. What state are you in?
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Girl i have 9 months to kill before uniDead

I need 4k for living cost too

I'm so frustrated!!! 
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Originally posted by tbaby123 tbaby123 wrote:

oh! to anyone else looking for jobs and is a recent graduate, there is that new student pathways program that is supposed to help for finding jobs and i thnik they also have career training fellowships

https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentJobs

that's the website
anything for nurses?
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Hey fellow unemployed college graduates lmaoo! I cant find anything in my field (but it doesnt matter because I got accepted into grad school for what I really want to do). I blame my unemployment on the fact that I came back from an internship in Ghana in July and was behind everyone else who was looking. I was only able to score a temp for one month since then. Im depressed af as my loans are coming up soon.
 
but Samone hook me up with your brother. I got my undergraduate degree in evolutionary anthropology. He might have some connections for me through archeaology. Big smile
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There is a yahoo group called black public Heath professionals that you could join . The group is vey informative and helpful .
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PM me when you find out! I live in Jersey btw, willing to commute to New YorkCry
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I was JUST talking about this with my friend who went to the same school I'm attending, and is working for the federal gov't. I mean this all depends on your major (mine is in the business field), but she said:

Utilize the career center-some schools have relationships with big companies where they specifically seek out their students and many times offer positions post graduation 
Take advantage of any internship or co-op you are eligible for because the experience can be worded to your benefit on your resume
Go to networking events
Join professional associations and, if possible, major-related or educational fraternities

I can't remember if she said anything else, but she said the first one is how she got every internship and job she has had in the professional world.

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Originally posted by tbaby123 tbaby123 wrote:

@pattigurl you have been thanked!! I just need to sit down and think about what I ultimately want.... to be honest, when i was younger i was goo-goo ga-ga about working in non-profit, doing something alturistic and humanitarian..  I was a big sister for 4 years and absolutely loved it.. but at the same time, money is important and I know i want to live better than I do at the moment. my passion for women's development has kinda dwindled a bit..  but i'm not sure if it's because i'm so pressed in making bank or if it is because I actually am not as interested in it due to various reasons such as  my experience in my program, learning more about other fields, etc 
There is a way to do both. Explore what options you have that bring financial reward. Maybe later on the side, you can start up your own non-profit. My brother's wife is a lawyer who has done that exact thing. But surely she couldn't have done that straight out of college. She would have been broke. 

But now with her work experience she's made contacts and has some of her own funding to get things going. That contact list she built just through working helps her gain more contacts and free professional advice from those she's close to.

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Originally posted by ms_wonderland ms_wonderland wrote:

Originally posted by r0ck_starr r0ck_starr wrote:

Girl I am so there with you!

I just graduated in June with a B.A. in History. I was headed to law school - teaching - then law school again. I've finally settled on wanting to be a special education teacher. However, when I first left college I couldn't find a job to save my life. I blamed everything from myself to my major and it seemed like everyone had a job but me. I finally got a full time job in retail in the mall as a manager in training. I hated it! I got another one to make more money and quite that too. It isn't worth being unhappy and folding clothes with a degree. After I quit, I took a long break and decided to look for something that I would actually want to do. I quit in the early part of December and I was unemployed for about a month. I was completely frustrated before I found something again. I was like how am I going to pay for my car and I'm tired of not being able to afford going out. 
Finally, I went on Craiglist as I do everyday and found a part time position at a non-profit about 8 minutes away from where I live. It's only part time but its exactly what I want to do. They're even giving me my own classroom to work with the special education students exclusively. So all I have to say is keep working at it and don't give up even if you only get a little ahead. Before I found work I tutored privately so make you find some fliers about what you're offering. Also, volunteer. I still volunteer at an elementary school. You CAN do this!


We have the same major so you have me spooked. What state are you in?

I'm in California. The job market is so - so. You need to network in whatever you do. But since I was so focused on law school, I didn't get into any internships and really look into other fields. The manager in training job at Hollister co was cool money - it allowed me to get my first car but I'm almost certain I didn't get it because of my degree but because of how I look and was dressed (again I'm in Los Angeles). Just look into internships with stuff that you really want to do. Take a year off or few months off and figure it out. I just signed up to do an online masters program while working and volunteering. So the ball CAN get rolling, don't worry.
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