The Educated Unemployed – The Next Generation

“A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.” – Fats Domino

The quote above is really, REALLY true. Every since you were a little, you have always heard that in order to be successful you needed to get a high school diploma. More than just something that was spoon-fed to you as you were growing up….it’s just plain common sense. Most jobs that are out there require at the very minimum that you have completed high school. As you near the end of high school, the push for a college degree begins. In order to be REALLY successful, you need to have a college degree. I’m buying it. College was the best 4 years of my life and the work that I put in to get my degree was SO worth it. But as I was nearing the end of my college career came a study that showed that the workforce was moving toward needed a post-graduate degree to be qualified for jobs where only an undergraduate education used to be necessary. By the time I heard that in early 2005, I already knew that I wanted to go to law school and had already been accepted to 2 schools. So of course I bought into that hype, too. Fast forward, almost 4 years later. I have been out of school for almost a calendar year and I am still unemployed. Granted I am waiting to get my law license (crosses fingers for good bar exam results)…..but ummm….a job in the meantime would be great.

Even in law school, they push on you the fact that having a juris doctor opens up a world of opportunities for job possibilities that go beyond just being a lawyer. If that isn’t the biggest load of crap, lol!! I love the fact that I have a J.D., but I am quickly realizing that I have pigeon-holed myself into one type of career with that degree. I have applied for a vast variety of different jobs since August 2008. What I have heard in the meantime is goes like this: overqualified, UNDERqualified, not comfortable with hiring you for a position that doesn’t require a law license because you don’t have a law license. UGH!!! I realize that I graduated at the worst possible time in history to look for a job. If it was just me, I wouldn’t be so crappy about it….but I know so many people who are desparately looking for a job just to put a couple of dollars in their pockets. So this is us, huh? The educated unemployed. If you are looking for me….you can find me on monster.com, careerbuilder.com, at job fairs, and pounding the pavement. It’s rough out there….

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