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Old 02-19-2013, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Rosslyn, VA
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In my situation, I couldn't look for work til after I graduated because i was working a job, had an intership req to graduate and going to school fulltime. I def wasn't lazy!
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i dont understand why so many people wait til after they graduate to start looking for work. i mean i understand- it is due to a combination of laziness and lack of motivation and we've all been there- but i dont understand why they do this and then acting surprised when they haven't found anything.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Seems appropriate in this thread

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/bu...panies.html?hp
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The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job.

Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people with a bachelor’s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills.

This prerequisite applies to everyone, including the receptionist, paralegals, administrative assistants and file clerks. Even the office “runner” — the in-house courier who, for $10 an hour, ferries documents back and forth between the courthouse and the office — went to a four-year school.

“College graduates are just more career-oriented,” said Adam Slipakoff, the firm’s managing partner. “Going to college means they are making a real commitment to their futures. They’re not just looking for a paycheck.”
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:40 PM
Status: "I hate living in Georgia!!" (set 13 days ago)
 
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So what you're saying is that I'm going to HAVE TO get my masters. It isn't a supplement to my Bachelor's, but there is no choice. I've actually applied to file clerk jobs and other kinds of office work, and I've been turned down.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:10 PM
 
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So what you're saying is that I'm going to HAVE TO get my masters. It isn't a supplement to my Bachelor's, but there is no choice. I've actually applied to file clerk jobs and other kinds of office work, and I've been turned down.
Or so that overseas job thing you were mentioning...was it Peace Corps. IMO, that is going to make you more marketable because it's giving you hands-on working experience in your field. With a Masters, you will have more eduction but won't have actual working experience. That's huge.

Hows the app for the Peace Corp going? Did you submit it?
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:08 PM
Status: "I hate living in Georgia!!" (set 13 days ago)
 
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Or so that overseas job thing you were mentioning...was it Peace Corps. IMO, that is going to make you more marketable because it's giving you hands-on working experience in your field. With a Masters, you will have more eduction but won't have actual working experience. That's huge.

Hows the app for the Peace Corp going? Did you submit it?
I'm done with the application. Now I have to work on graduate school applications.

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Old 02-20-2013, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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You're not even a year out of school and you're complaining a lot about not getting a job. I graduated back in Dec 1992 in the Gen X era with a bad economy and job market and it took me 1 year to get a degree related job. It was ISO 9000 documentation of an investment casting plant, - a $10/hr 7 month internship. It got my career off to a start, and I got this job through a job posting in my college alumni office. Just a month ago a company contacted me as a potential candidate for an investment casting job in Indiana, but after the phone interview when they found out I had a felony I guess they discriminated against me for that.

If you can get a job with a BA then stick with that. If your career doesn't really need a Master's then don't get one. Getting a Master's simply because you were unemployed would probably just lead you to more student loan debt.

And I don't think Geography is a great career. I searched NATIONWIDE on monster and careerbuilder for "geographer" and there were NO LISTINGS! So I'd say you picked a bad career that there are almost NO Jobs for. So try doing any kind of office related, manager, or gov type job... Maybe you might never get work as a geographer.

It's a very tough job market out there. There are lots of listings for Mech Designer, Mech Eng, Tech Writer, Proengineer, Solidworks, and Autocad jobsw in Chicago but I've still been 4 years unemployed in Chicago now, and I have 5.79 years overall experience.

If you do decide to get a Master's you better look into the statistics of how many geographer jobs there are out there... How do you find geographer job listings, OP?
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:52 PM
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You're not even a year out of school and you're complaining a lot about not getting a job. I graduated back in Dec 1992 in the Gen X era with a bad economy and job market and it took me 1 year to get a degree related job. It was ISO 9000 documentation of an investment casting plant, - a $10/hr 7 month internship. It got my career off to a start, and I got this job through a job posting in my college alumni office. Just a month ago a company contacted me as a potential candidate for an investment casting job in Indiana, but after the phone interview when they found out I had a felony I guess they discriminated against me for that.

If you can get a job with a BA then stick with that. If your career doesn't really need a Master's then don't get one. Getting a Master's simply because you were unemployed would probably just lead you to more student loan debt.

And I don't think Geography is a great career. I searched NATIONWIDE on monster and careerbuilder for "geographer" and there were NO LISTINGS! So I'd say you picked a bad career that there are almost NO Jobs for. So try doing any kind of office related, manager, or gov type job... Maybe you might never get work as a geographer.

It's a very tough job market out there. There are lots of listings for Mech Designer, Mech Eng, Tech Writer, Proengineer, Solidworks, and Autocad jobsw in Chicago but I've still been 4 years unemployed in Chicago now, and I have 5.79 years overall experience.

If you do decide to get a Master's you better look into the statistics of how many geographer jobs there are out there... How do you find geographer job listings, OP?
So you believe that my concerns are worthless? Wow. Yes, I am upset about not having a job. I know people who were able to get jobs in faster time than me. I've been looking for a job in my field since April of last year. I started months before I graduated.

And as for the geography degree, I think you need to search under other things, such as surveyor, cartographer, GIS Analyst. There are alot of things I can do besides "geographer". I know alot more about my major as I was in it.

Jobs calling for my degree: GIS Program Coordinator | Friday Harbor, WA - GIS Jobs: GIS Job

GIS Specialist | Bronx, NY - GIS Jobs: GIS Job
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:32 AM
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I have a lead on a job. Nothing has been set up yet, but I should get an interview soon.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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I have a lead on a job. Nothing has been set up yet, but I should get an interview soon.
Glad to hear this.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:55 AM
 
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I have a lead on a job. Nothing has been set up yet, but I should get an interview soon.
Awsome, as long as you keep trying, keep applying, generating leads, making your own leads there is always hope
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