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Old 07-27-2011, 11:11 PM
 
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I'm trying to find a job that pays more than 10 dollars an hour, one that's about 12-14 dollars so I can work my way up.

My background:
-graduated college 6 years ago with a bachelor's in history (don't laugh)
-lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
-work experience in retail and substitute teaching




*Have I essentially shot myself in the foot for not moving up years ago and continuing to do jobs that don't give one any skills?*
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:19 AM
 
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Have you tried applying for temp jobs through staffing agency's? The job I'm waiting on right now is paying 12$/hour as an Assembly working on engine blocks. Having a degree on one hand could make you over qualified for such jobs but it never hurts to apply. With that degree you might try looking into jobs at a library or office related task. If you have some $$ then maybe get a certification at a local college or if you are feeling adventures and have no other option then try becoming a truck driver. Do too the economy there are a lot of well educated truck drivers out on the road now. Not a lot but ever once in awhile I run into someone with a BS or MS degree working a truck eating at the local Pilot station. Just never give up. If you are able to travel more then look at applying to jobs 1 hour - 2 hours away from where you live, just need to stick with it.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:21 AM
 
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Thanks. I already passed my pharmacy technician test about three weeks ago. Hopefully that will do something for me. However, I was just looking for other options as people who are on these boards might know how to go about getting a better paying job.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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The economy is tough and companies from coast to coast are taking advantage of this. All you can really do is work just as hard trying to pull yourself up from a $10/hr job as you would a $14/hr job. I certainly don't think it is fair or right, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.

I used to LOVE my job, now the whole building makes me nauseated as I totally lost respect due to their lack of any social ethics. At the end of the day though.....I am at least employed. Perhaps you'll just have to look at what is out there in the same light.

One day though, the economy will pick up and we'll ALL REMEMBER what jerks they were.....

Good luck to you!!
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:51 AM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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I'm trying to find a job that pays more than 10 dollars an hour, one that's about 12-14 dollars so I can work my way up.

My background:
-graduated college 6 years ago with a bachelor's in history (don't laugh)
-lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
-work experience in retail and substitute teaching




*Have I essentially shot myself in the foot for not moving up years ago and continuing to do jobs that don't give one any skills?*

Did you not talk to your guidence counselor in high school before deciding to major in "history"? How much did they say you could make in that field?
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:29 AM
 
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Did you not talk to your guidence counselor in high school before deciding to major in "history"? How much did they say you could make in that field?
I'm sure he/she realizes that now. There is no need to kick someone while they are down.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Have you thought about taking the Teacher Certification test? You could teach school...I have a friend who got his Bachelor's in History, and is working on his Master's. He's in Temple, TX and couldn't find any work, so he went on to Grad school.
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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Did you not talk to your guidence counselor in high school before deciding to major in "history"? How much did they say you could make in that field?

If I wanted to get a response like this, I would have gone to a farm that had a jackass on it and see what it had to say. Besides, I graduated high school 11 years ago.



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Have you thought about taking the Teacher Certification test? You could teach school...I have a friend who got his Bachelor's in History, and is working on his Master's. He's in Temple, TX and couldn't find any work, so he went on to Grad school.
State of education is DEAD............Too many teachers, not enough jobs. Besides, I already passed my pharmacy technician test. I guess I'll go from there.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:03 PM
 
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There are a few things that will likely pay more than $10/hr. Railroads, CDL (as someone mentioned), pest control techs, I think Valvoline Oil pays their techs a bit more than that, in earlier years I would have said look at govt. jobs (won't say that now), roofers...

You mentioned pharm tech, I know places like CVS have management training programs for those with a degree.

Good luck.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Have you thought about moving? Certain industries pay considerably less in the south than up north. With your education, 12 an hour would be no problem here, although living on $12 an hour may be somewhat of a challenge here. There are guys at my job who package parts all day that make more than that here. Down south, they wouldn't be worth more than $9 an hour tops.
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