Originally posted by journey2010
reply to post by schuyler
Ok... so you are saying it is easier to start on a new career path - with no experience - then to try to keep looking in your field of expertise?
College graduates are applying at McDonald's.. have you ever been through a truly rough patch? Until you've lived it - in this economy - it's hard
to appreciate the challenges that are out there.
If you read the threads I listed, the first one of which is mine, you'd have the answer to your questions about what I have been through. You guys
can take my advice or not; it doesn't affect me, but given what OP said, what he is now doing is NOT working. You have to start with that stark, cold
fact and make changes accordingly. If he wants to spend another year sending out 1,000 resumes with no call back, be my guest.
In answer to your first question, if your field of expertise is NOT HIRING, it makes no sense to keep on looking in your field of expertise,
particularly if you want to stay put. Blacksmiths can look for blacksmithing jobs for the next century if they want, and they're never going to find
College graduates are applying at McDonalds? That's been true for forty years. It's not new. If you get a B.A. in English or any social science,
that's what is going to happen to you. Nobody values a B.A. in anthropology. On the other hand, if you stuck your nose to the grindstone, hacked the
math, and got a degree in chemical engineering, you'd have your pick of jobs. You make the choice, then take the consequences. If you pick your
training wrong or just go with the flow, you can't expect the world to bow down at your feet and offer you a "living wage" job just because you
In terms of my own experience (You just have to make this personal, OK) when I got out of school in the Seattle area, Boeing had just laid off 100,000
out of 130,000 employees. Engineers were abandoning houses in which they actually had equity (They weren't underwater). There was a billboard on the
freeway that said, "Will the last one to leave please turn out the lights?" Inflation was 13% and unemployment was just a tad under what it is now.
Then the "Oil Crisis" hit where everyone had to wait in line for hours, literally, to get a tank of gas. The Misery Index, a measure of unemployment
plus inflation, was 22.98. Today it is 10.75.
This is worth repeating because you guys seem to feel this is the only recession we've ever had, or that it is the worst. One more time.
Misery Index, late seventies: 22.98
Misery Index, 2012: 10.75
Do you want to compete on "woe is me, misery" again? Now, of course you can mix and match your woe is me we're in a depression statistics any way
you want, but the fact is that during the Great Depression the official unemployment rate was 25%, and now it's less than ten. Is this number fake?
Sure, both times. In reality it is and was worse, both times.
So what did I do when I was in a similar circumstance? I moved. I wound up down south in Georgia. I was "homeless," but I didn't know it as the
term had not yet been invented. I just thought I was living in my car for a spell, a beat up $200 VW bug. And the one thing that amazed me was that I
saw signs in store windows that said, "Help Wanted." Imagine that? I had never seen one before. So what did I do, a guy with a Master's degree? I
felt lucky to get a job at the minimum wage of $2.10 an hour working retail at a local mall. Within a year I was a manager at $4.50 an hour and things
started to look up. The crucial point is that I did not whine about it, and when things didn't work within my 'profession in which I was trained,'
I moved and found another one.
So don't go all ad hominem on me and tell me I've never been there when you have no idea what you're talking about. Instead, OP, concentrate on
what I said and in the thread I pointed to for some pointers on what you might do. If you want to reject all that, meh? Go ahead. Wallow in your
misery some more, and be sure to blame someone else.