Why I Can’t Find A Good Job

How Can I Find A Good Job?

Ok guys, what gives? I’ve done everything that I was told to do. I’ve followed instruction and all the steps that were going to bring me to the promised land. I was told to follow my passion and I have done so. I am passionate about writing so I pursued that to the point where I now have a master’s degree in creative writing.  So I want to ask you why I can’t find a good job? I have my degrees, I owe $28,000 in student loans and the only writing that I get to do is for the sale signs at the small corner market where I work.

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It’s a far cry from the dream that I was chasing where as a Pulitzer prize finalist I would be finishing off my final touches on the national interview that I would be conducting. On my own schedule of course. So what went wrong on the way to my lofty goals, and why do I feel as though I have been the victim of an enormous ‘bait and switch’ scheme pulled on me by academia? Why has society turned their backs on me, and treat me as though it is entirely my fault that I am where I am?

Did I Find A Good Job?

Ever since I can remember I have been told that the world is my oyster, and that I should follow my dreams.  My parents, teachers and counselors have encouraged me to go on to get a higher education once I finished high school, and that a good paying self-fulfilling job would be my reward.  When that didn’t work out I applied to graduate school, again on the advice of a whole host of people that I trusted and graduated from a master’s program. I emerged with high hopes and an armful of recommendations. To my surprise, my potential employers wanted to know if I had any experience.  I had very little. Had I attended a co-op program (that allows work and study) during my education? I had not.

I was sure it wouldn’t be hard to find a good job once I found the right employer, although everywhere I turned it seemed as though there was a lot of applicants for very few jobs. I heard similar concerning stories from others who had Career advanced degrees. How could this be? Didn’t a good education virtually assure us that we would find a good job? Didn’t the stats we were quoted by the universities mean anything? Telling us that every graduate had work the minute they emerged from their programs?

Why I Didn’t Find A Good Job

Turns out they lied, falsified figures and painted a rosy picture of a situation that no longer exists, if it ever did. It turns out that our teachers and our parents, though well intended, were misleading us by telling us to stay in school. Yes, there are jobs, and lots of them. But in very specific fields. Specialists in medicine and engineering, construction and management wanted all over the world. Writers, political scientists, philosophers and historians, not so much. Same for educators, architects, lawyers and researchers.

Now my choices are to hack it out working at menial tasks well below what I was educated for, spend more money for further education in my field (with uncertain results), become an entrepreneur, or scrap my career and return to trade school where at least I can work as I attend school and help offset the costs of my education. I had other friends that picked up a hammer and have never been out of work since. It does make me wonder. And as I continue to ponder this, and look for a good job, life continues to slip past. The clock never stops.

Till Next Time

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6 Responses to “Why I Can’t Find A Good Job”

  1. Nate Leung Says:

    I believe this is a broken system we live in today’s society. The days of going to school, go to college and finding a good job is outnumbered. Growing up to this I never knew that entrepreneur ship existed. The problem is that we’re not conditioned to think this way. It’s good that more people are open minded to entrepreneurship and that the ways of thinking are changing. Great post Sigrid!
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Thanks Nate, I totally agree.
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  2. sherman smith Says:

    Hey Sigrid, this is the story that a lot of us went through, including me. It was a big disappointed that I could only find a job paying $8/hour with a 4 year degree. That lets you know that something is wrong with this picture and you described it to a “T”. You hear about entrepreneurship, but you’re told that getting a higher education will give you a better shot at life. Nowadays, you can feel the paradigm shift quite well and in order to live a better lifestyle we have to change our way of thinking!

    Thanks for sharing Sigrid!
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story Sherman. There are so many people in the same situation. I can literally see the bewilderment in their eyes.
    “What happened!” “What next?”
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  3. Ryan Biddulph Says:

    The job thing, although it can help to bring in some dough, is a really, really tough way to spend your life….if only because it means people tell you when you can take off, for how long, when you need to work and what you need to do. Couldn’t do it anymore, although at 1 time I thrived on the orderliness of the environment.

    As a meteorologist I could have made like $8 an hour doing behind the scenes stuff out of college. I worked a higher paying job, disliked it, kicked around for 9 years, got fired, and 4 years after I got the ax, here I am….crazy how life works sometimes.

    Thanks for sharing with us Sigrid, keep on writing!
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    Sigrid McNab Reply:

    Wow Ryan, thanks for sharing this!
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