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Old 08-31-2009, 07:09 PM
 
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I don't want to make this a political thread by any stretch of the imagination, rather looking for ideas. My fiance graduated college last winter with a degree in marketing; it's been 8 months and she still can't land a job. The amazing thing is that she is applying for anything short of retail jobs. She recently took some classes on resume building and does just about anything she can think of to "improve" her chances. It's hard to believe that a mid twenties college graduate can't land a basic secretarial (or any for that matter) position in this market. We're so frustrated, what is she doing wrong?
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Between Frederick and Westminster
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There are simply more people looking than jobs available. Also, some employers are taking this opportunity to upgrade their workforce, letting go lesser employees and getting better ones for about the same money.
IMO, marketing jobs will be slim till businesses start making money again, and have spare cash for more advertising.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:58 AM
 
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Have you been living under a rock? Are you not aware we've been in a recession since December of 2007?
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:06 AM
 
Location: southern california
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what is she doing wrong? getting student loans for a degree that promises non existant jobs.
do not do double or nothing. dont go to grad school.
i like jr college VE my favorite being RN 42 units LVN then tranfer program of 30 units to RN.
all debt free.
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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what is she doing wrong? getting student loans for a degree that promises non existant jobs.
do not do double or nothing. dont go to grad school.
i like jr college VE my favorite being RN 42 units LVN then tranfer program of 30 units to RN.
all debt free.
This is the truth... Its a shame today that so many kids out of high school sign on the dotted line for these burger flipping degrees... Of course the school doesn't tell them that with this useless degree they won't be able to get a job or if they do it will not pay well... The school just wants money so they don't care and the students want to do something "they will enjoy" for a living and think that they are entitled to a job upon graduating...

People who have Computer Science, Engineering and Medical degrees are not having any problems finding jobs right now...
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Central Maryland - Mt Airy
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It's extremely important for college students to pursue an internship in the field of their choice during the summer between jr amd sr year. These grads will have an advantage because they have something meaningful to put on their resume, job related work experience, plus the added value of the beginnings of a career network. Many times the company they interned with will hire them after graduation.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: St. George
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There are marketing jobs available in the Manhattan, Kansas Area.
Corporate Relations Coordinator-KSU Foundation: Corporate Relations Coordinator with KSU Foundation in Manhattan, Kansas - presented by NationJob.com (KSUF166)

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E-Commerce Director-GTM Sportswear: E-commerce Director with GTM Sportswear in Manhattan, Kansas - presented by NationJob.com (GTMS94)

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Public Affairs Specialist-Fort Riley: Public Affairs Specialist (1035) with Fort Riley in Fort Riley, Kansas - presented by NationJob.com (FRKS4142)

Strategic Marketing Specialist-Networks Plus: Strategic Marketing Specialist with Networks Plus/CivicPlus in Manhattan, Kansas - presented by NationJob.com (NETW74)

Best wishes!
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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I don't want to make this a political thread by any stretch of the imagination, rather looking for ideas. My fiance graduated college last winter with a degree in marketing; it's been 8 months and she still can't land a job. The amazing thing is that she is applying for anything short of retail jobs. She recently took some classes on resume building and does just about anything she can think of to "improve" her chances. It's hard to believe that a mid twenties college graduate can't land a basic secretarial (or any for that matter) position in this market. We're so frustrated, what is she doing wrong?
She should go to China and find a marketing position with a young business that plans to sell goods/services to the US.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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I must say that at the very least I got a good laugh from some of the replies We're very much aware that her field is not desired, things were looking somewhat different about 6 years ago. At this point however she's looking for just about anything, and yes we're fully ware that we're in a recession. It just goes to show that college education (general) in itself is useless. I believe that those that didn't go to college but have a trade of sorts are definitely better suited these days than someone with a less desired college education.
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Warner Robins, GA
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I must say that at the very least I got a good laugh from some of the replies We're very much aware that her field is not desired, things were looking somewhat different about 6 years ago. At this point however she's looking for just about anything, and yes we're fully ware that we're in a recession. It just goes to show that college education (general) in itself is useless. I believe that those that didn't go to college but have a trade of sorts are definitely better suited these days than someone with a less desired college education.
I'm sorry that your fiance is having a hard time getting a job... Its just more and more people find themselves in the same situations as her and it creates a lot more competition for "unskilled" jobs... So even though she has a Bachelors degree and is applying for being a secretary there are many other applicants that also have bachelors degrees applying for those same jobs...

Its unfortunate but thats just the way it is now... Perhaps she can expand her skill-set, maybe get some certifications for a specific piece of software or anything really that would set her apart from the other people with bachelors degrees...

Perhaps she should look into some type of internship... I made my start as a software developer at 17 working for a defense contractor as an intern... They hired me on full-time after my internship so I was able to accumulate a lot of experience early on...

I think that some college degrees are useful but I prefer a work low level in your field while you are pursuing a degree type path... Like I had mentioned before though there are too many kids signing up for worthless degrees without even knowing it these days... College is pretty much a scam...

Good luck to you and your fiance...
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