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NikitaShera
06-30-2008, 09:44 PM
Hi Everyone:

Do any of you agree that after you graduated from university/college you cannot get a job because you have no experience in the area you studied. And the saying goes if you have no work, how are you going to get experience in your field.

After graduation you have a fat student loan. Can you afford to volunteer your time. You have bills to pay plus you have to eat. I certainly cannot afford to do any volunteer work anymore, plus all the volunteer work is not getting me anywhere that i did in school.

In my opinion, i don't think universities and colleges are preparing students very well for the real world of work. They just take our $40 000 ( 4 years living there and tuition) and don't even help us find careers in our fields....during and after graduation.

I checked my university alumni service ...1 year after graduation and 7 years after graduation, and all the postings were dead end jobs not even related to my field.

The career counsellors at my university career centre don't even scout to find professional careers. I think that should be part of their responsibilities besides giving endless resume and interview workshops.... They're mostly dead end jobs.. How sad..

The professors are making over $100 000 a year. They are not living in our shoes... graduates with no careers.... stuck in dead end jobs...trying to make ends meet.

I actually told the alumin career counsellor about this. She said "Research indicates higher education pays off." Yeah that research is only on those individuals who are able to secure employment in their profession. Its Bias...What about those of us who are doing dead end jobs...

Its very frustrating and discouraging when you bust your butt to make it there and finish, then you end up with a minimum wage job because no one is willing to hire you because you have no experience in your the field you study. What's the point of having all those As in your degree if its useless...

Any ideas on how to overcome this barrier besides cooperative work (where you work while attending school full time) and internships. What should the rest of us do that are not lucky enough to get cooperative work, internships or have connections in higher places.

Some entry level positions require at least 3 years of experience.

knitgal
06-30-2008, 09:54 PM
I love that you posted this! I am going through this very issue right now. I just graduated with a post-grad in public relations and I am struggling to find a job- it seems to be all about connections.

It's not right that a university graduate who has completed a post-grad course (with honours) cannot find a job. Our course was great and we did have a good prep course on resumes and job searching, but is that enough?

I agree that internships and co-op work is ideal, but it's difficult to get. My solution right now is contacts and networking, but I'm not a super outgoing person, so I struggle with it a bit. I am going to volunteer to help develop a media kit for the YMCA/YWCA here as I made a contact there and she asked if I would like to help. Also, her friend works at a company that has a job opening in September, so that's good but of course not guaranteed.

The worst part of the whole thing? I went to the mall and applied for jobs and I got two interviews. I also have two years of retail experience, so I'm qualified for these jobs. The one woman told me straight out that she would be afraid I would leave too soon because of my education. I haven't heard from the other job yet, but I think they probably agree with the other woman, I'm overqualified.

So we're new grads with no work experience in our fields, but overqualified for other jobs? Not fair to me at all. They didn't tell me that when I started university and plunked down my money. They make it sound like you're set if you have a degree- NOT TRUE! Even if you go into a specialty it's tough.

Okay- sorry for the rant. You're not alone though Lynn, I just wanted to make sure you know that.

scout52
06-30-2008, 10:19 PM
Yep you are so right. My brother was having the same exact problem. My father who works for a big American company as a hiring manager. He had just listened to my brother rant about how hard it is to find a job when you graduate college when entry level wants you to have experience. My brother was like WTF "why is it called entry level if they want experience?"

When my father was hiring for a position he recieved all this resumes, and he is required to interview them all. One of them was a recent graduate and my father asked why should I hire you. and he said well its entry level and how can I get experience when no one will hire me? the kid said I trained to do this in school and no one will let me even bother to give me a shot, and that made my father think of when brother was looking and complained of the same. So my father hired him. and he never regretted it.

So try to remind the interviewer or the person getting the resume when he was in that position. It worked on my father.

suzeeq
06-30-2008, 10:38 PM
Sorry kids, but having been in the workforce longer than you've all been around, some jobs just plain call for experience. Doesn't matter how much time you've put in studying something, that's all theoretical. The experience you gain on a job puts you in real life situations where things happen that don't fit into textbooks. And the company wants to hire someone who does have that experience they can count on tol be able to do the job, not spend time actually learning it.

Think about looking at entry level positions where there are advanced positions you'd like to have. You'll gain experience working at that company, within that industry, and many companies hire from within because they know that person's track record.

NikitaShera
06-30-2008, 10:41 PM
Any advice on those who cannot even get an interview for the position that is related to what you studied. Grrrrrr

Some places (profit companies) will not allow you to volunteer and it is those companies that you need to get experience to overcome your hurdle of experience. Base on my personal experience once you work in an entry level position, most employers don't care about your post secondary education, they only care about your experience.......Grr... Once again, what's the point of education. Mind you this company believes in staying in school.. Its a major bank which i am not going to name...How hypocritical...

So how are you supposed to get the experience. Only non profit companies will allow you to volunteer.

iza
06-30-2008, 10:56 PM
I'm so with you gals! Been there, done that, experienced it all. I got my Ph.D. a year ago, and my job situation is ok, but not great. I have to work two contracts, work on papers in my "free time" (Ha!) and I will take courses in the fall. :passedout: I just wanted... ya know, a normal job? :shrug: But really, I can't complain because some people are in a worst situation. I can pay my bills, so it's already a lot!

I so understand what you mean. Some entry-level positions have unattainable requirements. And if you go for something you are very well qualified to do, you'll be considered "over-qualified" and won't be hired. :roll: And yes, the famous experience thing. ARRGH! :wall:

I do agree universities don't always understand the job market. University profs sometimes are over-optimistic - my PhD supervisor would say to me "Bah, you're smart, someone will hire you". Well maybe 25 years ago it's all it took to get a job, not anymore. :shrug: And stable jobs where you get in at 25 and get out at 65 don't seem to exist anymore either!

How did I get my two contracts? One word: contacts. Seriously, tell everyone you know you are looking for a job. Even people who are not working in your area of expertise, you never know. Email people. Call people. I didn't like to do it, because I'm not a person who asks for help. But I realized that people were very understanding, and truly wanted to help. And they did!

See also if you can get short term contracts. It's not great, but it helps to pay the bills. It's better to have that than to have nothing in your resume. Think of offering consulting services (as a self-employed). It depends on what area you studied in, but for me this is what ended up working. I never, never thought of having my own "business", but well sometimes life is full of surprises. :teehee: And if you think you have some things missing in your resume, go get them. Courses, certificates, or teach yourself new skills.

The most important thing: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. You ARE good and qualified. Make it clear during the interviews. Sometimes it takes a while before something works out, and I know how hard and stressful it is. But you'll find something! :thumbsup:

Jan in CA
06-30-2008, 11:45 PM
You don't need to volunteer, but look for entry level jobs. Employers want someone with a record of being a good employee, that knows the value of hard work and is willing to put in the time. They can't tell all that just by a school record. Once you have some experience 'just working' in a similar environment you can move up.

scout52
07-01-2008, 12:16 AM
I think what most of the older adults are not realizing is the "entry-level" is not really entry-level. they say entry level but they are not. How is it entry level if they are asking for 3+ years of experience?

The job market really is not there for college and post grad students. Part of it is the current job market is flooded with laid off employees who have experience who will take the entry level job because they have mortgages plus are still paying off their student loans and have started families. Employees know this.

So new graduates are forced to try to get jobs any job, which is a joke because they won't get hired because they are overqualified for. I've been there. It sucks. I went to college and post grad. It took forever to find a job. Thankfully i've been with the same company for a long time now.

Jan in CA
07-01-2008, 12:24 AM
Older adult.. :?? :teehee: Well certainly if they are asking for 3 yrs experience that is not really entry level. Sheesh! :doh:

My youngest daughter graduated last year and took a job with local city. She knew she would end up being a go-for kind of person sometimes, but she gained experience working in an office and learning the office programs, etc and has now moved up and is being paid pretty well. We are lucky that we live in an area where there are lots of choices. If you are in a small town I can see that it would be very hard to find a place to start. :hug:

scout52
07-01-2008, 01:04 AM
heehee I'm getting to the older adult category I think now. I just meant the ones that no longer qualify for entry level.

Mike
07-01-2008, 07:05 AM
I agree.
I think the "no experience" is simply an excuse to hire people at low wages or drive the wages lower in that field.

I also agree that colleges aren't preparing people for the real world and they are more for networking and making connections to get you hired on who you know rather than what you know (but don't ever say that to a big corporate interviewer because odds are that's how they got the job).
I heard "we don't normally hire from that college" many times, and it's not like there are many real jewelry/watchmaking schools for them to choose from. That was an excuse to pay piece rate until you prove yourself and then never decide you've proven yourself.
The school didn't teach real world methods and I saw more people who went there with me fail than succeed in the real world.

Then when you lose your job after 10-20 years you will hear the excuse that you're too qualified.

Without knowing what career you are talking about you just have to take any job in the field or even close to the field that you can get no matter how low paid or crappy it is. Stay there a year and ask for a promotion or find a place that will take that experience and keep rolling your experience over until you get up to one of the places that pays better and requires more experience.

tarrentella
07-01-2008, 08:43 AM
just because a job advertises for somebody who has 2+ years of experience doesnt meen you can't aply for it. There are unlikely to be many candidates who meet all the criteria. So say you have an accredited qualification but no experience, somebody else may have some experience but not the acredited qualification.
Yes experience in the field is important, but so is knowing the subject well and having the up-to-date knowlege which somebody who has been working may not have. These things all get balanced (and fought) out on CVs and at Interviews. It is worth applying jusyt to get the experience. If you don't get a job or don't get asked for an interview, ask the companies for feedback and why so that you know what needs to be strengthened.
I think the career service that Unis ofer varies school by school. One Uni i have been to is very good, the other was a bit vague. One has realy helped with things like networking and career development, the other didnt. Some are good some are bad. A lot of it will depend on the course you are doing, your expectations and what effort you put into it.

Things will not fall in your la, no matter what qualification you ahve or what uni you go to. You have to find the jobs, apply for them, go throught he rejections, do the low-level ro contract jobs and work your way up.

knitgal
07-01-2008, 09:16 AM
Okay, everyone has made great points, but it is still very hard- especially in this economy. I have applied for jobs with up to 3 years experience and so-called "entry level" jobs too. It's tough to even get an interview! I haven't had one interview from all the resumes I sent for Public Relations jobs. It's starting to get very frustrating and I am starting to feel terrible about myself and my potential.

I think the main point was that it's pretty sad that we've been trained for these jobs and worked our butts off and been promised we'd get jobs and right now? I can't even get a retail job. It's not right in my opinion.

iza
07-01-2008, 10:02 AM
It's starting to get very frustrating and I am starting to feel terrible about myself and my potential.

I know exactly how you feel! I've been through this too. It's very important you keep your confidence, and don't take these things too personally. It's very stupid and unfair, but it's all about image, contacts, communication, and a reasonable amount of self-confidence. I totally agree with Mike on this. It's not so much about what you know. :shrug:

About the "experience" thing, I get very frustrated with this. I have a lot of experience. For my PhD, I had a boss, co-workers, and I had a difficult job to do. Now that I work in industry, I have a boss, co-workers and an easier job to do. And I'm paid a lot better!!! Just because I had a grad student salary doesn't mean it's not "real life"! It's not like I was in prison or something! :teehee:

I think it's important to highlight that your studies ARE a type of experience. Maybe not exactly what they are looking for, but it SHOULD count for something, in my opinion!

sue in canada
07-01-2008, 10:12 AM
With any job these days it seems to be more who you know, not what you know. Sad but true.

tarrentella
07-01-2008, 11:52 AM
I think though that people have to realsie that it doesnt matter what level of qualifications you have getting work is still ahrd work in itself. a degree or post-grad degree just meens that your hard work might well be for a mroe specific field or start you off at a higher level. It is not just graduates who have the difficulty of find ing work and relevent work experience, Perhaps Unis should explain that to students better. but then, people who don't go to uni don't have anybody tell them either.

It is a shame, that even with all the work you ahve already put in can sometimes feel liek it meens nothing, but then thats were being able to sell youself comes in. I know it is somthing i am finding frustrating, but i know that i would find it just as frustrating to get a job if i hadn't been to uni, if i expected anything more han shop work.

hummingbird
07-01-2008, 12:18 PM
This topic is very close to home. I'm also looking for a job. This time I have more experience. (I graduated in 2005.) I've been applying to so many different jobs with different experience requirements, and to jobs doing what I did before. I've been surprised to not hear back about the lower experience jobs. I think I'm qualified, but not over qualified. That could be because a lot of people were just laid off here, so I could be competing with 40 or so people for the one job.
It's very frustrating, and a lot of it has to do with bad timing. With the country in a recession and a lot of industries hit hard, its going to be hard to find jobs. I was talking to my Dad about this, and he was saying how lots of his friends' children are having the same problem. We're all either unemployed or working really low paid jobs that aren't in our field.

Good luck to all the other jobs seekers here!

DianaM
07-01-2008, 12:36 PM
Been there, done that. And the worse part is that some of the places that will hire you to acquire the experience are terrible.
After I became a CNA here in the States, I had a really rough time finding a job. In the end, I got hired at an assisted living facility where the amount of lifting required damaged my joints and I'm still trying to move around with it. I'm an excellent weather forecaster, let me tell ya.

One of the things that I miss from Mexico is that students seeking a degree in Mexico are required to complete a certain amount of hours of community service in at least 2 different non-profit organizations and it doubles up as professional practice. When I majored in Clinical Psychology I must've done around 1000 hours. It helps in the long run, because you make valuable contacts while you're working for free.

Jan in CA
07-01-2008, 01:14 PM
:doh: I just remembered something... my DD's first job with the city was through a temp agency that contacted her after she put her resume on monster.com. The temp job led to her permanent job with the city that she has now.

She did NOT want to work for a temp agency as I'm sure you don't either, but don't rule it out. It's one way to gain experience and help pay the bills. :hug:

Plantgoddess+
07-01-2008, 04:42 PM
I currently am not employed or looking, but to respond to someone who said it was probably easier to find work 25 years ago- Not so! There was probably a smaller percentage of working age people with degrees, but there was also a much higher unemployment rate.
I sympathise with all of you struggling to get started in your chosen fields and I am thankful that now that hubby is in his late 50's he probably won't be laid off again. He's worked steady for 4 years now. His bachelors has not been a huge help, but it does make him a lot more useful to his employer.
I hope that you all find a job that challenges you and allows you the surplus funds for a large stash. Best of luck to you all.

lelvsdgs
07-01-2008, 07:30 PM
This type of thing has been going on forever. I heard the same thing 30 years ago when I was looking to "work in my field". I ended up having to take whatever I could get until I could get a job within my field. It took me a lot of years to finally get into my field. I do think it's just as hard to find a job when you are "overqualified". I see countless folks who are in their 50's being laid off and not being able to find jobs in their field (or out for that matter) becuase they are too qualified. It's a real problem for everyone.

Good luck with your job search... hang in there guys!!! :muah:

NikitaShera
04-10-2009, 09:23 PM
Still job searching everyone.....I wanted to revisited this thread to help me out during this difficult time.

Trust me Jan, i tried.

I worked at a local bank for 1.5 years doing an entry level job where most of my coworkers who have highschool education and they get the same pay as me. Mind you i am a good worker, it demotivates me when you're outperforming your coworkers and they get the same pay as you. They have less education as you, plus a less of a performer than you...plus same pay as me....oh well that's life.

Anyways... I thought once i get my foot in the door, then i can move to different departments. Nope, Same thing, you need experience in that job....How discouraging...Mind you, banks are not unioned environments. So if there is anyone who can help me out with this problem.... Its been 10 years since i been out of school...I am giving up hope...I mean come on...how long are you supposed to not give up.

Grrr... worked so hard through elementary, highschool and university...and this is what i end up with.....a low paying job. I did alot of survival jobs and i wave never on social assistance....mostly telemarketing jobs.....

Anyhow this bank doesn't care for your resume they only care for your work performance and how well liked you're by other managers. How frustrating and discouraging is that?

NikitaShera
04-10-2009, 09:35 PM
I am looking for a salaried financial advisor at a bank or credit union for now

In my past experience when i applied internally, managers made every excuse not to hire me even if i have the qualifications; mind you its harder for me because i am a visible minority. I didn't think being a visible minority would be an issue in school but when i applied for jobs in the real world. I been have treated badly.

I have been discriminated by following companies: Manulife, CIBC and RBC Bank. I applied to over 200 positions at CIBC when i graduated, I am not joking... Not one phone call. When i visited the branch most of the people that worked there just have highschool and experience working in a store. Now how useful is school if i cannot get a job that is relevant to my field of study and it doesn't help me pay for my student loans.

It was just entry level positions. Geesh. Has anyone fallen asleep yet...

Then at Manulife i scored 80% for this entry level part time position and the recruiter closed my file as i was told by another HR Recruiter. She wrote in the HR file that i was not interested in the job. Mind you the job was out of town and 1 hour bus ride from my house. I took an hour of my own time to write the test....and i get that from a recruiter....I am not making up stuff...It happened to me. What a slap in the face.

Then at RBC I was working there under a temp agency and one of my coworkers told me about an opening to which i was qualified, and he told me to approached the manger. I did indeed but not the outcome most people get. I was given the run around by the manger. At first, i was very naive......then it clicked in. Then i let this bad experience slide. Then i applied for RBC again when i graduated...for an entry level customer service rep....i didn't get the job because the manager hired her own daugher....my degree was in business. The manger told me my degree is not relevant to the position...now i found out that her daughter's degree is philosphy...Now how relevant is that? Mind you i had my student loan from RBC...I never want to do business with any of these companies because their management and recruiting employees tells me the type of people they hire there. It reflects poorly on the company....

In the past i worked for TD Canada Trust, i applied there internally but i didn't get the jobs...the same job as i was doing out of town....two of these managers made excuses. Its very discouraging.

I got my break at TD when i worked in Toronto in a multicultural city...now i live in non multicultural city now... looks like i have to look for jobs in a multicultural society. I had to drive 2 hours doing a very entry level job to get my foot in the door...now when i applied internally to work at home...I don't get to work in my hometown because of the above 2 TD managers....

NikitaShera
04-10-2009, 09:52 PM
Even when i applied externally to other companies they will only give me the lowest paying jobs.... When i applied for the same jobs, the managers tell me they only hire internally.

Gessh. Its like a vicious circle.

NikitaShera
04-10-2009, 09:57 PM
I have highlighted my TRANSFERABLE SKILLS but one recruiter just laughs at my face. She said its not direct experience. omg!!! Then why are these career centres telling us to used that on our interviews if employers don't care for that except direct experience.

Thank you knitting help for letting me vent my frustruations!!!???

Knitting_Guy
04-10-2009, 10:25 PM
When I was in college we sought out and filled entry level or apprentice (intern) jobs in the field in which we were majoring. I interned in the engineering field while I attended college. That's how we secured a full time job post graduation. Perhaps things have changed since then, but that's how we did it "way back when".

Simply_Renee
04-11-2009, 01:13 AM
I am debating posting because I don't know if what I have to say makes it better or worse...

I have been out of work for almost 6 months. The last job I had (company closed) I got in 1995. That's over 13 YEARS of experience...and I still haven't gotten a job.

Hang in there.

Ellieblue
04-11-2009, 11:37 AM
Reading about your problems finding employment post college reinforces my belief that colleges are only in it for the money. There are many schools in our area that started out as 2 yr. associate degree colleges and when that market dried up they began offering 4 yr programs and now have gone to post graduate study. MY grandchildren have opted for the military instead of college.

NikitaShera
04-11-2009, 05:55 PM
I will join them.. At least their job is guranteed. Yes, the schools are a business and they're in there for the money to be honest.

Most of the instructors never have to look for work and encounter the same problems as us who graduated and looking for work. Mind you we have bills to pay just like everyone else.

I believe in getting hands on training while going to school similar to an apprenticeship in the skilled trades. That's the way to go. Its the employers who should train us not professors and instructor who never hire anyone in their life nor know the job market.

vaknitter
04-13-2009, 12:45 PM
I'm sorry you're having trouble finding a job. I think a lot of it depends on what type of job you're looking for. I am in healthcare and found a job with contacts from my residencies. My husband has his PhD and is an engineer and he has a couple of offers - again from contacts he made while working on his PhD going to meetings etc. I do have a couple of family members that are in "communications" and event planning and they are having a horrible time finding a job.
I didn't so much use my career counselling center to find a job so much as I used it to brush up and refine my resume and cover letter to make sure I told each company why I was the best person for the job. I always called to f/u on my resume. I know it sounds silly, but I made sure my resume stood out - it was on good quality paper with a slight tint to it, I used bold fonts, highlighted volunteer experiences and the fact that I played in a community orchestra - you never know what will connect you with a person. I was once told if you really want a job print you resume on 10 x 14 paper so it doesn't fit in a filing cabinet and they have to keep it on their desk.

Best of Luck

NikitaShera
04-13-2009, 06:22 PM
Thank you for sharing your success with me vaknitter. Can you elobrate what type of contacts from your residences you're referrring to for both you and your husband if you don't mind me asking? I remebered from university, all contacts at the socials were professors and students.

My major is in psychology and business. I also return to college for events planning too.....GRRRRR..So you can imagine how dicouraged i am. All that education but no job.....

Mind if i ask for your advice what you say when you tell them "why you're the best person for the job?" I recently lost out a job to a man more experienced than me.

Just a month ago, I passed interview 1 with National Bank recruiter for a 12 month contract in Oshawa Ontario. Then when the manager (interview 2) called she told me she hired someone else for the job...GRRR.. Anyways, this manager tried to messed me around telling me it was only 6 months....Well managers can do whatever they want.....Mind you everyone this is 1.5 hours from my house.....The injustice of life...I told her i was not interested in the position anymore...I am sure that was her plan....

I tried following up on my resumes but alot of organizations tell me to apply online and i don't know who to follow up with? Any advice on this dilemma? I tried calling the human resources to find out the recruiter whose in charge of job postings, and some would not release that information. In another instance, I followed up with a small agency, they bluntly told me that they do not accept phone calls???!!! wow...So what do you do when they post no phone calls in their job postings? Do you still phone them to follow up on the resume?

I don't believe the more qualified you're you will get the job...its whether the manager likes you to be honest. I seen people get hired at banks because their family works there not based on whether what they studied in school related to what they're doing at the bank....

vaknitter
04-19-2009, 12:23 PM
Sorry - I wasn't ignoring you, I've had family in town and haven't been online.

I am a big fan of talking to people b/c you never know who knows who. While doing my residencies I would talk to people about the type of clinic I wanted to work in and someone recommended a clinic in the town they had been raised - in a different state. They even knew the name of the director/manager. I sent my resume in and then followed up with a couple of phone calls. They didn't have any openings so I said - well, could I just come visit you come highly recommended. I went to visit and ended up being offered a job about 5 months after graduation.
While in that job I talked to people about the fact that I wanted to pursue a specialty. Over the course of 5yrs I fostered a working relationship with another clinic. I ultimately took a HUGE paycut and moved to take a bottom rung position with them, went back to school, took more tests, went to more conferences and 7yrs later I'm still there and have moved up the ladder.
My husband was working on his PhD and luckily his professors knew of businesses looking to hire. Ultimately he has decided to stay at the university and work with one of his professors.
I would say professors and fellow students could be a great wealth of information. Do you have contact with any of your professors that may know of businesses that are hiring and be able to get you an interview? Do you know any students from your class that are working at a firm that may be looking to hire?
I agree it's not all about qualifications, some of it is personality and what connects you to another person. Thats why when I interview I try to guage what might connect me with the person I'm talking to...do they seem like they want to know that I attend church and play violin or do they want to know I drive a truck and love gardening and fishing. The truck and fishing really won me over in the male dominated clinic I currently work in. They were nervous about hiring a female b/c they didn't want me crying over broken finger nails and dirty blouses.

Don't get me wrong - I know its not all roses. While applying for school coming out of college I had the grades and exta-curricular activities and yet after 3 interviews and making it to the last 50 people in line for 30 class openings I was denied. Know why? B/c the last MALE I interviewed with said he felt I was too young to enter an intense program like that and go onto working in the field. So in a nutshell he felt like I would fall in love, get married and have children and never contribute to the field.
I'm lucky that I work in healthcare, business is a tough field to be in - esp right now. So many of the jobs are ambiguous and you're right - the banks hire anyone - the guy we're working with for our new mortgage is living proof !

I sincerely wish you all the luck in the world finding a job. There was a little lag time btwn my hubby finished his degree (losing his stipend) and finding his current position so I understand the stress associated with not having that paycheck. Keep your chin up - all these road blocks are just leading you to the job you want.

ArtLady1981
04-19-2009, 01:43 PM
My granddaughter is a junior at the UW now, and she's been working in her field since freshman year. Actually, since senior year of high school. She had a head's up that she better get herself positioned into that field (in any capacity) ASAP, networking, getting the feel of things in our area...cuz otherwise, when she graduates she'll be last in line, knowing no one to sponsor her, or to give her a leg up. Exactly what you were expressing.

She had good counselors, needless to say. Here she is, a junior, and already she knows people in the middle of the action in her field, and more importantly, they know HER.

Another humorous (sometimes painfully true) statement I heard:
"When I graduated college I couldn't get a job in my field cuz all the high school graduates already had them!"

NikitaShera
04-19-2009, 08:45 PM
Thank you for everyone's helpful advice. I will keep everyone posted.

NikitaShera
04-19-2009, 08:46 PM
Thank you for your kind advice vaknitter.

In university i was busy with work and making ends meet and family issues that i never associate with any professors and students. I guess its too late to reconnect with professors and students....They probably will not remember me....Grrr...

Any tips on how i go about creating a network for myself right now?

Thanks

PS: Its been 1.5 years since i worked and i feel very very discouraged and depressed. Its been ten years since i graduated....i don't feel that i have hope anymore.