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  • "I don't even know what I'm looking for," says Michael Bledsoe, who described months of fruitless job searches as he served customers at a Seattle coffeehouse. The 23-year-old graduated in 2010 with a creative writing degree.

    Initially hopeful that his college education would create opportunities, Bledsoe languished for three months before finally taking a job as a barista, a position he has held for the last two years. In the beginning he sent three or four resumes day. But, Bledsoe said, employers questioned his lack of experience or the practical worth of his major. Now he sends a resume once every two weeks or so
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    I think I see the problem - he's an idiot.

    On the other hand, Boeing is hiring like mad. Perhaps if studied engineering he'd have a nice paycheck coming in every two weeks and he could fritter his time away writing short stories as a hobby...
  • DId he take the nose ring out when going to interviews?

    Here's a helpful bit of advice that one of my counselors gave me right before I graduated: Go to a supermarket and look around you. If you are going into a career that wil be interacting with the public on a regular basis, these will be the people you will work for. Your hairstyle, jewlery choices, fashion sense all play a role in these people's view of you. It may not be right, but it is a fact.

    If you don't fit in with the people you will be working for and around, you better think about trying harder to fit in.

    /Needless to say I lost the headbanger look quickly.
  • LordZorch: Perhaps if studied engineering he'd have a nice paycheck coming in every two weeks and he could fritter his time away writing short stories as a hobby...


    But then his self-esteem would be in jeopardy!
  • LordZorch: On the other hand, Boeing is hiring like mad. Perhaps if studied engineering he'd have a nice paycheck coming in every two weeks and he could fritter his time away writing short stories as a hobby...


    So if everybody studies engineering, unemployment goes away?
  • Mike_LowELL: LordZorch: On the other hand, Boeing is hiring like mad. Perhaps if studied engineering he'd have a nice paycheck coming in every two weeks and he could fritter his time away writing short stories as a hobby...

    So if everybody studies engineering, unemployment goes away?


    Why yes, of course, but you to simultaneously remove all taxes from the fragile Job Creators™.
  • A creative writing degree would be useful if you had maybe done internships for an ad agency, or planned on getting a job with a publisher. Then go after people who hire writers with your resume, references in hand. Where do most creative writers get jobs? How much do they make out of college? These are questions you need to ask yourself no matter what field you're getting in to.

    But the snowflake generation doesn't do any of that, they come out of college without any job experience and expect the jobs to fall in their laps.
  • Fark It: But the snowflake generation doesn't do any of that, they come out of college without any job experience and expect the jobs to fall in their laps.


    Not going to say this is an original thought, but...

    Step 1: Baby Boomer generation tells their children that if they go to school and get a college education, they'll get a good job.
    Step 2: Baby Boomer generation wonders out loud why their children don't want to work their way up the chain in pursuit of a good job.
  • LordZorch: On the other hand, Boeing is hiring like mad.


    They hire many chemical engineers? 'Cause uh, 8 hours a week at Macy's isn't cutting it these days.
  • I love the Lib Arts bashing. I get it you were a nerd, people picked on you and now you are an engineer so you want to try to be the bully.
  • Fark It: But the snowflake generation doesn't do any of that, they come out of college without any job experience and expect the jobs to fall in their laps.


    In 6th grade we had to do a research paper on what job we wanted, what the demand would be, and what kind of salary we would expect to make. It was a good exercise that we had to repeat in 8th grade. I wanted to be an EE, I had a decent job before I graduated.

    Not bashing Lib Arts majors. My brother graduated with a degree in Jazz Therapy and now is working 4 hours a day on a cruise ship, seeing the world while all his meals and lodging are paid for him. If he is smart with his money he can retire from there or at least forge some good relationships with established studio musicians.

    My Ex graduated with a degree in stage management and now is a stage manager at our local preforming arts center. She didn't get the job on her first try but she didn't give up. I think she had been out of school for 4 years before she got the job.

    TL;DR - It's not the degree, it's the individuals hard work.

    /very few good jobs fall into your lap
  • 1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or unemployed. Then again, if they all have creative writing degrees and nose rings like this guy in the article, I can see why

    The difference... I do not see it

    /copy fail
  • MaudlinMutantMollusk: 1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or unemployed. Then again, if they all have creative writing degrees and nose rings like this guy in the article, I can see why

    The difference... I do not see it

    /copy fail


    Was about to mention this.

    Jobless is the definition of enemployed, is it not?
  • Get your kids focused on a healthcare profession.

    America is getting fatter and older and Americans generally take shiatty care of themselves.

    Healthcare profession jobs are guaranteed bank and fun.
  • One in two new graduates have to take entry-level jobs while they figure out what they want to do with their lives...just like everyone else.

    Only today, people somehow see that as a failure of society, or college, or something.
  • mc_madness: America is getting fatter and older and Americans generally take shiatty care of themselves.

    Healthcare profession jobs are guaranteed bank and fun.


    Yeah, nothing is more fun than dealing with fat old people.
  • So subby, what you're trying to say is....

    you either have a job or you don't.

    /deep thoughts
    //with subby
  • ultrachronic: The difference... I do not see it


    I think, technically, one must at some point be employed, in order to be unemployed.

    otoh, my 3 year old niece is "jobless"
  • ultrachronic: MaudlinMutantMollusk: 1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or unemployed. Then again, if they all have creative writing degrees and nose rings like this guy in the article, I can see why

    The difference... I do not see it

    /copy fail

    Was about to mention this.

    Jobless is the definition of enemployed, is it not?


    Jobless means you don't have a job. Unemployed means you don't have a job and are also trying to find a job.
  • Mike_LowELL: LordZorch: On the other hand, Boeing is hiring like mad. Perhaps if studied engineering he'd have a nice paycheck coming in every two weeks and he could fritter his time away writing short stories as a hobby...

    So if everybody studies engineering, unemployment goes away?


    Well, the rise of Western civilization didn't root in being able to draw farking ferns into overpriced coffee, but from the art of building shiat.
  • Fark It: But the snowflake generation doesn't do any of that, they come out of college without any job experience and expect the jobs to fall in their laps.


    To be fair, many colleges nowadays don't show much interest in helping their students gain any sort of practical knowledge that might be useful post-graduation, and the recession certainly doesn't help the job situation any. Of course, this douchebag doesn't really apply to any of that, so y'know.
  • Double major in theatre and physics dropout here. Now a systems administrator. (Yup, my pay is a bit lower than the average on the curve... no degree, less pay. Still quite comfortable.)

    What the hell is wrong with some people? Learn something useful, get paid for it. Learn something useless, serve coffee.
  • Kar98: Well, the rise of Western civilization didn't root in being able to draw farking ferns into overpriced coffee, but from the art of building shiat.


    More like the art of growing plants, which doesn't indicate that being a farmer is the highest goal today.
  • I think it is much less about the degree and much more about the lack of effort. I'd say 75% of my employed friends are working a job not directly related to their degree. I'd say 90% of my unemployed friends are either lazy, or think they should be hired as CEO without any experience, and refuse to apply to jobs "below them".
  • How long a term is this study? One could argue the scope of the study is too short and may have been skewed to favor a certain result.
  • lilplatinum: Kar98: Well, the rise of Western civilization didn't root in being able to draw farking ferns into overpriced coffee, but from the art of building shiat.

    More like the art of growing plants, which doesn't indicate that being a farmer is the highest goal today.


    More like, not? You don't build empires by growing cabbages.
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