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Enroll in Computer Info Systems program which might take 2-3 years to complete and receive a Bach Scienec 11 17.19%
Take semester off and apply for masters' program in something like tech writing or other field I could be qualified for 13 20.31%
Withdraw from college and wait and see if I get the job which might force me to relocate to Southeast Mo 3 4.69%
Withdraw from college and apply for jobs through a temp agency 5 7.81%
Chase dreams of making it big in Hollywood and live in Dane's garage 32 50.00%
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:33 PM  
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If you were me..

and have the listed options in the poll, what do you do? I already have a bachelor of arts and have been applying to jobs but haven't interviewed for anything since April.. the no interviews thing is a product of applying for jobs that only require a HS diploma and therefore am "overqualified" for. My longest stint of employment is as a freelance sports reporter and have two or three short internships.

I've reached this point because I feel that every month I'm not employed in a legitimate field, the greater the chances I'll never be able to find a job.

Barring a total economic collapse, funding is not an issue.

Even though I'd be discouraged, I won't be surprised if I get lots of CP flaming for this poll. It's only natural but I'd still like to hear opinions from people more experienced than I.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:23 AM   #31
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Man, its so stupid out there in the marketplace for humans right now, its just an incredibly odd congruence of miserly business owner habits and a glut of desperate people with many even offering to work well below their experience level... hence the "overqualified" label... i've never understood that charge, you're saying you dont want an extremely capable employee for the same amount of money you'd hire an idiot for?

I personally know two holders of Masters degrees who are by turns, unemployed... or working as a waiter in chicago to supplement what they're already doing! Just heard that from a relative tonight!... if thats me, mother**** chicago, i'll go where i dont have to work 80 hours a week to live.

Has a masters, now waits tables to go with his teaching job... dumbest shit i've ever heard of... GET. OUT. OF. DODGE.

Thanks, Obama!
I know friends with Master's degrees who aren't using them either because of the "over-qualified" tag for the line of work they want to do. Paying student loans making $10/hour. If you get a Master's it should be in something that is required for you to work in that field. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy all require Master's/Doctorates just to practice. Everyone has this much education just to have a job, so the playing field is level for everyone as far as education goes. Just an example but you get the point.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:30 AM   #32
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So far insurance agent, associate underwriter with two different insurance agencies, a CD clerk with a bank, part time Jos A Bank suit seller, ESPN statistics guy, and regional underwriter.

The first two underwriting jobs gave me "sorry, no dice" emails last week and three weeks ago, never heard back from the suit shop, no word from ESPN or the bank and a family friend talked to HR for the regional underwriting job.
I feel like I am addressing the elephant in the room but what does an English degree have to do with these jobs?
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I feel like I am addressing the elephant in the room but what does an English degree have to do with these jobs?
Nothing. All but the last thing I applied for required nothing more than a HS diploma. Folks with English degrees get jobs by effectively selling the skills learned in the program and/or by good internship work in field.

I figured I was going to go to law school through my first three years of college so it didn't matter what undergrad degree I obtained.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:47 PM   #34
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Nothing. All but the last thing I applied for required nothing more than a HS diploma. Folks with English degrees get jobs by effectively selling the skills learned in the program and/or by good internship work in field.

I figured I was going to go to law school through my first three years of college so it didn't matter what undergrad degree I obtained.
That makes sense. So law school ended up not being what you wanted?

If you are good with logic and numbers you should be an actuary. Ridiculous pay that requires no degree. Just take the exam, pass it, and the offers will roll in.
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You have a BA in English? You're plenty qualified for quite a bit, but it sounds like you're not marketing yourself well at all.

Business, PR, marketing, government, etc.

There are tons of possibilities. I'd check how you're presenting your resume cover letter. My guess is that these important docs are not up to snuff.
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You have a BA in English? You're plenty qualified for quite a bit, but it sounds like you're not marketing yourself well at all.

Business, PR, marketing, government, etc.

There are tons of possibilities. I'd check how you're presenting your resume cover letter. My guess is that these important docs are not up to snuff.
I know they're not because I didn't have one until a few months ago.

It was to the point where my work experience didn't seem worth listing as most of it has been short internships or less than part time work -one instance of which was being a hired hand for a relative's wedding business.

My grades were decent, I was in two honor societies and was in a leadership role in my fraternity for 2+ years in a couple of different capacities. Working freelance means I'm used to working on deadline (and, if I were being honest, turning a complete non story into something worth reading 300 words about). I was hoping working at the bar would be a way to show I'm not a total non-factor in a work place but since I'm leaving that at the end the month it won't look good to see that I only was there for four months.
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