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07:30 PM on 05/24/2011
I've seen folks in their upper 20s and 30s are living with their parents/relatives home until they get back on their feet.

It's a tough world out there.
Nightangle
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08:08 PM on 05/24/2011
My official residence changed since High School - to college dorm then, a first time home buyer, then my present permanent home - a 1848 old stone that I have lovingly rehabilitated thanks in part to the PA Preservation of Historical Homes.

In fact, my mom and dad threw me out of their house. The best thing that ever happened to me. From a college brat, crass, irresponsible, drunk, party animal to a responsible young adult.

Lesson learned.
07:26 PM on 05/24/2011
As a career counselor in higher education for 13 years, I have to ask: did this graduate utilize the free career services offered by her university? Did she take on any internships or other relevant, real world experience while in school? If not, it's not too late. She can probably use her school's job board and alumni network or Linkedin group to get introductions to target employers, and she can probably still use career services as an alum to get a resume review and job search help.

If she has little relevant experience and a big employment gap, she needs to start volunteering and interning now to build her resume first. She could be building marketable skills, creating a blog, learning how to raise funds as a grant writer for a nonprofit arts group, networking at any arts-related conferences-- anything besides sitting around the house feeling like a failure. She has to get out of the house and quit assuming she can land a job purely with a resume and cover letter. Start doing informational interviews and networking. Even if she gets a survival job to pay the bills, she has to keep on networking, volunteering and job searching so she can get something better. People who do these things eventually see job search success. Those who feel sorry for themselves get stuck.
07:31 PM on 05/24/2011
Indeed! Like so many here on this board. Oh but wait, then when you tell them to utilize what you mentioned or to suck it up and get out there and find a job, they come back screaming and yelling that they'd scrub toilets! Then why are they here and not out doing just that? Hmmmm. Because half these people are not really who they claim to be. They aren't looking for work. And if they are, with their lousy attitudes and "poor me" attitudes, they aren't likely to find anything. Geez!
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catgirl212
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07:37 PM on 05/24/2011
Stupidest thing written today! Stop using blinders to see the world. There are no jobs out there. Internships are ways to make people work for nothing and again America's way of saying yet again labor is not respected in this nation, only ways to exploit it.
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p c r
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02:09 PM on 05/25/2011
McDonald's is probably the lowest job there is. It has no benefits, no guaranteed hours, no full-time positions and is minimum wage. They don't even get free meals.
Last month, they had a hiring day to fill 50K positions. Over 950K people applied. Over 900K people were turned down for employment at McDonald's.
This tells me that people are applying but the jobs don't exist. nearly a million people were willing to take a McJob, and Mickey D's wasn't even able to givw them the bare minimum in employment.
THERE ARE NO JOBS.
Unless, of course, you have a degree in a specific field, like nursing or engineering.
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JubalTHarshaw
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09:32 PM on 05/24/2011
What would the career services office do for someone who thought getting an undergraduate degree in art history was a good idea in this economy?
07:18 PM on 05/24/2011
First of all in order to do anything with an art history degree you need, minimum, a masters degree and maybe a phd. second of all an art history career can be very very profitable you just have to be savvy. It is a very elite world so people compensate with prtivate school or ivy league degrees. Internships/volunteering are necessary and so is entry level work in museums and such. (think about it...her boyfriend seems to be doing just fine). People just latch on to previous comments like sheep.
this whole 'lost generation moving back home' thing only applies to a certain demgraphic and is really just snobbery and laziness. Some people would take any job just to survive, others are fleeing dysfunctional home lives, etc.
i agree that a giant loan for unconventional degrees is crazy but tuition should be based on market demand and popularity so an art history or anthropology degree should be less than a business degree (but that's not to say they can't make more than a person with a business degree, the jobs are just less obvious, more specific and the job pool smaller). But please tell me what degrees are not fantasy degrees. Communications is the stupidist thing in the world and ecomics degrees, general 'business' or advertising degrees aren't a promise of anything. If you are clever and fast thinking and can bounce back with the next back up plan you can make any degree work for you.
Nightangle
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07:06 PM on 05/24/2011
OF MATHEMATICS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES.

'am 29, single and blessed to have a career. No complaint on wages, healthcare, opportunities, job security or mortgage woes. I am optimist by heart, but cognizant of todays global economic woes.

I interned as a Statistician barely @ 20 and was hired before my graduation with a BS degree in Mathematic­s and Applied Sciences. Mom/Dad shouldered most of the financial burden as were those of my 5 brothers. Still, I had a unsecured student loan of $40,000. I paid it off in 7 years.

Fast forward 9 years, am now a Manager, Acturial/U­nderwritin­g Dept. My company paid my way to a Masters Degree.

Our country's major choice of a degree is Psychology­. I have a lot of respect in Social Sciences, Philosophy­, Arts et al. Indeed, they define our humanities, souls and the very core of our being.

On the other hand - China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore emphasize on Mathematic­s, Engineerin­g, Physics, BioChemical Engineering, Medicine and other Pure and Applied Sciences.

I pose these questions:

Can we embrace both Mathematic­s, Pure and Applied Sciences with Social Sciences, Arts and Literature to have the best education for the next generation­? Can we afford labor force absence of talents in Pure and Applied Sciences ?

I am a firm believer that EDUCATION IS THE GREATEST EQUALIZER, that we owe future generation, indeed our labor force, the best education and moral imperative­s.

MATH COUNTS.

'am not a writer, please be patient with my syntax or spelling.
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06:55 PM on 05/24/2011
Go to Trade School, Trade School and Trade School. Those worthless liberal arts degrees mean nothing in this economy. become a mechanic, or engineer then you might get a job,but most college kids only want to go to college to party, drink, engage in bed playtime.

You see the nerds that majored in science and engineering, the ones that you laughed at because he or she weren't cool enough, well they probably have jobs and you don't.
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Timma
nihil habentes omnia posidentes
08:44 PM on 05/24/2011
There are no jobs...you're talking through your hat...
06:48 PM on 05/24/2011
It seems that everyone is a troll, now that we all agree on something how can we help each other find a job? The answer is in sharing ideas that have worked for all you "lifted yourself by the boot strappers" rather than judging individuals that clearly a worth helping.
07:18 PM on 05/24/2011
It's not really up to the average poster to help anyone find a job. I have one and so does my husband and we're doing quite well, thanks. We don't run an employment agency. You can't really tell who is or is not worth helping from a silly message board. People are often not what they claim. Up to everyone to find their own job.
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Arts4u
It's better than a reality show.
07:58 PM on 05/24/2011
Looks like your comments are being deleted again.... poor you....

By the way....

You entirely and utterly missed the point. It is much harder for these kids post-September 11th, as well as for the middle class overall. To deny this is doing so simply because you have not experienced it... yet.

You will eventually, as the money continues to condense into a smaller sector. By the way, dear, I work in the arts... I sell to the very wealthy... and I have seen what has happened to the upper middle class as well over the last decade.....
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Arts4u
It's better than a reality show.
08:02 PM on 05/24/2011
I truly believe that we will not solve the ongoing jobs shortage (which has existed since 2001) until our country makes a concerted effort to come up with a plan which outlines the direction we need to go in in terms of industry, and how to best utilize our workforce. Right now, students are flying by the seat of their pants in terms of just what to pursue.

This will require the cooperation of the largest corporations, etc. The last two decades have been a debacle with the 90's everyone being told to pursue IT, the 2000's Finance. Both of these industries have cast aside millions of workers. No one should have to change careers every ten years... it's ridiculous.
10:44 PM on 05/24/2011
In another spot, you asked what my business is, then promptly turned off the ability for me to reply. I guess this is an older post you made, so I'll answer here: Computer programming services is basically what we do. Staff of 12. Just hired a college grad. Jobs are out there if people have the right credentials and the right attitude. So many here don't and all they do is whine, whine, whine.
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06:12 PM on 05/24/2011
This is definitely a divisive issue. Boomers, even liberal ones like me, are of a "get a job, any job" mind because it was a lot easier for us to do that than it is now. Many are also critical of this young woman's choice of majors. So am I, but I blame the boomers in her life.

Where was any sound advice and counseling? Parents, teachers, advisers, guidance counselors? Did anyone bother to sit down with her and go over the numbers of what employment prospects would be with that education? When we are younger, many of us confuse great hobbies with potential careers. It is the job of adults to gently alter those notions and introduce the concept of acquiring a foundation for employment that hopefully is enjoyable but will in any event sustain one to allow pursuit of dreams and hobbies.

When I got out of school, I'd have preferred sticking a fork in my eye to moving home. Have to believe that hasn't changed. It's up to the parents, teachers, and mentors to help kids negotiate these perilous times.
06:10 PM on 05/24/2011
I think the big problem here is with the philosophy that I heard when I was growing up. The kids born in the late eighties were told that we should follow our passions and that will lead us to success. What kind of idiocy is that? I was poor as dirt growing up, and my mother told me one thing all the time, make money, save money. These sob stories where someone blows a hundred thousand dollars on a photography or art history major from a private college just make me spit with derision. The only people that should have a child go to school for a nonsense major like that are the ultra wealthy, whose children dont need to work and get a real job.

The government should stop fueling these pipe dreams. Why do they loan someone acquiring a degree in history fifty thousand dollars? Is that a reasonable amount to expect them to repay? No. Its not. Tie maximum loan amounts to salaries of graduates with that major. Or, better yet, subsidize guaranteed useful majors, like most bachelors of science programs. I guarantee that loaning eighty thousand dollars to that computer science major is smarter than that fifty grand you gave to that history major. Oh, and eliminate psychology as an undergraduate major. Please.
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Arts4u
It's better than a reality show.
06:14 PM on 05/24/2011
Perhaps you weren't around in the 70's? Same thing then.

Eliminate psychology? Why?
06:19 PM on 05/24/2011
And if psych was eliminated it would be all the fault of the Boomers. LOL!
06:21 PM on 05/24/2011
Nope, I was born in 1988, so this is my opinion as a recent grad. And psychology because I saw so many people get into it because it sounded interesting to them, graduate, and realize that with a bachelors degree in psychology they were qualified for exactly nothing. Without going to graduate school, the only thing I've seen a psych degree be useful for is as a 'gimmie' major for people who want to become police officers, and want the bump in starting pay that having a degree gets you.
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adoseofsanity
Recovering liberal.
05:50 PM on 05/24/2011
The problem is that there is that economic, and hence job growth in the private sector is ANEMIC. You can "blame" Bush, you can "blame" the Repubs, but, with a Dem Congress in 2007, and Obama elected in 2008, and COMPLETE Dem control for which they used to pass Stimulus, Obamacare, etc. etc. until this year, one cannot GIVE THEM A PASS. They are RESPONSIBLE for the policy actions they have taken, and the CONSEQUENCES for those actions.

Government isn't the solution, it is the problem. Liberals don't get this.
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Arts4u
It's better than a reality show.
06:16 PM on 05/24/2011
So, here's a question for you... if the Repub mantra is 'limited government', who gets to decide who exactly is needed and who is not?
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06:21 PM on 05/24/2011
What could President Obama have done that would have promoted job growth in the private sector?
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07:20 PM on 05/25/2011
Re-Industrialize the USA!

Repeal all of the existing Free Trade Treaties!

Eliminate the EPA!

Repeal the Obomacare!

Do not extend unemployment benefits!

Do not create more Free Trade treaties, like with South Korea and Brazille!

Stop the Wars, unless we intend to win them, like President Truman did.

Stop the Federal Government Deficit spending!

Eliminate the Foreign Trade Deficit!

Do not talk about piling on additional EPA regulations onto our industries to male them leave the USA for foreign nations!
05:49 PM on 05/24/2011
So many people out there get frustrated by all of this. Many blame the "kids". I don't. I realize that Gen Y is much different, and it is for the better in many ways. Most just are not hearing the right advice. The advice that has been common is get good grades, go to college get a job. Well it's changed! Gen Y are movers, thinkers and want things done in microwave time! Many are able & willing to start a business and they can & now is the best time to do this! Anyone willing to go outside the box and contact me for some help let me know! I'm looking for Gen Y in my business! I'm looking for those unemployed grads who want to get things done and are passionate about their dreams and not afraid to go out and work for them!
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Arts4u
It's better than a reality show.
06:17 PM on 05/24/2011
What is your business?
10:52 PM on 05/24/2011
Oh, here is a reply feature. Computer Programming Services. Staff of 12. Just hired a college grad with the right stuff - and more importantly, the RIGHT attitude. She came back for four interviews and managed to wow us. Others who applied made us want to shudder. Most thought they should be starting at $100,000/yearly (LOL), and that they could have their pick of jobs. One called me back and asked me to hire them after they thumbed their nose at the job offered. Too late. The other grad got the job, the one who wowed us with her talent and first-rate attitude. I don't feel a bit sorry for those who are out there acting as though the world owes them a living. It doesn't. And we don't care, honestly.
10:16 AM on 05/26/2011
I'm in the health
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ifk
07:15 PM on 05/24/2011
For what jobs are you soliciting????
10:09 AM on 05/26/2011
I'm not soliciting a job. I'm saying that it is a reality to be able to start your own home based business. I'm in the health
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05:30 PM on 05/24/2011
As a college student, this article scares me. I go to a liberal arts college on a $13,000/yr. scholarship but I still took out $23,000 in loans for this year alone. I regret choosing an out of state private school instead of a state school and I'm hoping I can convince my younger sister to choose practicality over the allure of an elite private school. Thankfully I will be majoring in computer science rather than art history so hopefully I will have some better job prospects when I graduate. Even so, I will be paying off my loans for quite a few years to come. I wish I had better educated myself on the reality of college degrees before making my choice.
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gerald4
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07:23 PM on 05/25/2011
Also tell that to all other prospective students that you contact!
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05:25 PM on 05/24/2011
much as i hate to say it...there never have been many jobs in "art history". However, i realize the economy is bad for everyone graduating these days.

When i graduated with a dual bs in psy/anthro, in 1989, i could only get a job at minimum wage $4.25/hr, and it took me a decade to make a decent salary, requiring me to enter a different field(tech).
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05:23 PM on 05/24/2011
This sob story is just absurd. What has happened to this country , this world. This is the result of the politically correct and pampering of the children. Why would anyone expect a dream job right out of school and just give up ? Quitters never win is the lesson here, not to mention a useless major, not much demand. Not that there is not room for do nothing jobs, sadly, they do have some value. I graduated in 1969 with a mba and worked construction, retail etc. to survive. I contributed to my education by working. I worked not because my parents could not afford my free ride but because they wanted to raise a responsible citizen. It was morraly right that I had an interest in my future as well as they were willing to assist. They were financially able to pay all of my expenses but they were not willing. I did not live at my parents home after graduation. My experience of having to work outside of my education is not unique, most of my friends did the same to get by and eventually became successful. Life takes effort and a will to win.
05:30 PM on 05/24/2011
Yes, I said much the same thing. No one ever promised anyone a rose garden, but many of the gits here seem to be trolls, baiters, and those who hate Boomers, feeling they ruined our country and deprived them (the current generation) of their chance at success. I think many posting here just like to post lunacy. I have gotten some wacky emails. I think some are posting from inside mental institutions. Seriously.
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Arts4u
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06:27 PM on 05/24/2011
You have to admit that the Boomer's did go a bit overboard - perhaps in many ways....
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Arts4u
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06:23 PM on 05/24/2011
Yes, and everyone who entered into the job market prior to September 11th had it much easier than those after it. It was much easier to live on MUCH less money then. The job market, as well as extremely rapid rises in basic costs of living, have made those $8 an hour jobs completely and utterly inadequate in terms of surviving these days. For anyone. To deny this, and glorify one's own success at overcoming those days (and let's be honest, we all did) is to simply make this all about you.
10:53 PM on 05/24/2011
Baloney Are you on welfare or something?