Monday, August 9, 2010

Worthless Piece of Paper

Grrrrrrrrrrr. That's all I can say right now. I am completely and totally fed up with trying to find a job. I am beyond frustrated. I am sickened by the hard work that it took to get that stupid piece of paper called a College Degree that has gotten me nowhere. I remember everyone telling me, "You have to have a degree now to compete in the job market." So what did I do?! I worked hard. Extremely hard. I got my Bachelor's Degree in Business. Took me almost 6 years and I don't even want to talk about how much time and money it cost. But darn it I did it. And look where it's getting me?! I can't even get a job somewhere where a degree isn't required!  Non-degree people who barely have high school diplomas are getting picked for jobs over me! So now I have to ask.....when I apply for jobs that don't require a degree, does that piece of paper now make me over qualified?! *lol*  I thought I was a great candidate for a supervisor position I interviewed for but guess what?! I didn't even get a call back! Boo!  I thought for sure that all of those years I studied management would get me SOMEWHERE! Guess not. So I applied for a job to work as a preschool teacher. I love little one's (Obviously, lol) and I used to work in a preschool and as a kindergarten teacher so maybe this one might work out. Of course my degree is not in teaching so if they are dead set that you need a teaching degree, I'm out of luck.....but I would be a great fit for the job. I have been a volunteer-a-holic throughout my kids school years so far and I am pretty great with preschool aged kiddos.  I have music cd's and books and activity books coming out my ears.


Is anybody else dealing with this too?! I am starting to feel like I am never going to find a job. :(


  1. Oh I hear you! I have a college degree (in Anthropology...not very useful) but the longer I have been out of college, the less I find my degree matters. It is all about "experience" or having the "right" job title on your resume. And it is definitely who you know. I would say 8 out of the 10 jobs or so I've had since high school were from people I knew. I was recently laid off when my company closed up shop...I was working in escrow and now I am actually going back to school to get an AA in Business Intelligence. I live in Seattle, so the tech market is strong, but I have a feeling I will run into the same problem. I have the degree, but not the experience. It is very frustrating!! Hang in there, continue networking and I'll send good employment thoughts your way!

  2. This is the story of my dear husbands life. It's such bull and not fair at all. I feel like 98% of the jobs posted are already filled before they even post them. Around here its all about who you know.
    He also has his BA in business. He's currently working (thank goodness) for a construction company as their purchasing supervisor but isn't happy. Business is slow, people there are unhappy, its a mess.
    He's been looking, applying and interviewing for over a year now. It's so sad. I hope you get a job soon.
    And no you are not alone at all in this battle!!

  3. Wouldn't it be great to live in a perfect world?!? Sorry you're struggling with the challenges, especially with the economy in this shape -- I think it's a lot more difficult. I'm still glad & proud of you for finishing your degree even though you don't see the benefits right now in the job search. I'm sure something good is still coming.

  4. Story of my life! I have an associates degree in Medical Office Administration. I'm certified for medical coding and all of that jazz, and also certified for the Microsoft Office Suite. Well, that's all find and good except that when I graduated, the economy was starting to fall and everyone within a 100 mile radius started hiring only if you had 2 yrs of experience. The same is still happening 2 years later. It sucks! How am I supposed to get 2 yrs experience when no one will hire me??

  5. I'm thinking of you, hoping that you get a job soon! I teach, and often worry about my students getting jobs when they are done with their degree's. It's a rough world out there.

    Try and apply at a lot of smaller places too. Not just the BIG dogs. Smaller places tend to be more open about the experience thing.


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