I’ve been perusing articles on LinkedIn regarding social media, journalism, public relations, work, etc. and I found this rather interesting article on The New York Times’ website.
Link to the article: Part-time work becomes full-time wait for better job by Catherine Rampell
Rampell featured a woman in her article named Amie who is an interior designer looking for a full time job, but takes a part-time job as a cashier at a health food store since she can’t find anything else in her field. She wants more hours, but her manager could not give them to her since everyone else who works part-time wants more hours. Full time? Nah. They’ll have to pay that person more.
I have to admit, I’m a bit worried that I won’t find a full-time job in either of my fields (Journalism/Technical Communication and Social Work) because I won’t have “enough experience” according to some employers. Ah, the old catch-22 of needing experienced to get a job, but not having the experience because you did an internship or two and went to college for 4 or more years full-time while working part-time. But, you don’t have two or more years of experience. Instead, they’ll hire the baby boomer who wants to go back to work or the person who’s slightly older than you, but may not have a degree. Wow, makes a lot of sense. Not.
When I step foot out into the real world, I don’t care that an agency or a company won’t be able to pay me as much. Please, just give me a job. Let me get that experience and increase my knowledge. I’m a hard worker, I’m ambitious, I’m open-minded, I’m friendly, I’m.. does it even matter anymore?
I don’t mean to come off as a pessimist, but it’s dismal out there. Another fear of mine is that because I’ll obtain two degrees, an employer might find me overqualified and not hire me because they believe they will have to pay me more. Attention: No, you don’t have to pay me more!
In a little more than year, I’ll be searching for jobs and hopefully be accepted to grad school to get my Master’s in Social Work with a specialty in mental health. I have to say, I’m a bit relieved I’m going to grad school and can put off jumping into the real world for just a year or two longer. Of course, I’ll take any part-time job I can get so I can make some money while navigating my way through grad school.
I’ve witnessed many of my friends who have graduated college take jobs they are well over-qualified for simply because that’s all they can get, especially in Michigan. If I have to relocate and move out of state, then so be it. Michigan is my home and always will be, but I won’t have much a choice if I’m offered a job out of state that pays a decent wage.
Anyone who has a job that they’re over qualified for or even if they’re volunteering to get experience: Good. You’re making a living. I’m just a bit horrified at how most college students graduate with thousands of dollars in debt and end up taking a job that isn’t a decent return of investment.
One can only hope that our economy’s recovery picks up faster within the next couple of years – everyone should be able to afford to live. After all, everyone deserves a chance at success in doing what they love.