A Degree Doesn’t Automatically Mean a Job

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October 9, 2012 by maborlleile

With the economy not at its best, many young Americans are stressed over finding work after their education. Many of them are off to college to pursue their dreams. However, studies show that many people with college degrees are working at a part-time job. The studies that were taken place a little while ago showed that the unemployment rate dropped from 8.2% to 7.8%. What people do not know is that half of these new jobs are part-time.

Going to college is becoming increasingly more expensive. With spending getting tighter and tighter in the household, many students like myself, are forced to take out loans to pay for our education. The only real way to get out of this is to get a full scholarship or join the military. With my debt shadow becoming darker and darer each term, I really have to ask myself ” how do I get that dream job”?

The answer is to not rely on your degree to land you a position. A degree is just a piece of paper that represents you, but you represent yourself even more. The competition for work is only going to keep getting worse. Potential employees need to be as dedicated as ever to get a chance to earn that paycheck.

One improvement is to try to expand from the general paper resumé. If you are trying to get a creative position, try to make your CV based off your talent. Videos and other mediums can really separate you from the competition. Employers spend hours looking a piles of resumés. If your is different, they will look at yours differently. The main focus is to get the initial attention from the employer. You want them to remember your name out of the hundreds that they go through.

I attend Full Sail University, where I am in the program Entertainment Business. The first lesson that my school teaches the students is to network as much as they can. In the entertainment industry, it is about who you know, but what you know. I think this principle works for jobs in general. Your reputation is the true representation of your professional self. Let everyone you see perceive you as a trustworthy person. Don’t be afraid of meeting new people. You never know who you are going to run into. As one of my teachers once told my class “make it so that people talk positively about you even when they are talking behind your back”.

Who knows what is going to happen in the future with the competition in the workplace. Whatever is coming, become in control of your future. Don’t think that the piece of paper hanging on your wall is solely going to take you to the job of your dreams. Getting your education is only a part of the process, but the majority of the responsibility is up to you.

If you want to see the article on CNN about part-time jobs in America, click here:

The new American job: part-time?

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