As the economy steadily seems to be getting on its feet and the opportunity of jobs is increasingly growing, it seems that we are at bit more ease then when we first initially experienced the recession. Not to be a downer and bring up the past, but it seems that my generation of college graduates and job seekers were hit the hardest when this happened, and this proves to be a way to pay tribute to how far we've come today.
1. an appropriate or favorable time or occasion: Their meeting afforded an opportunity to exchange views.
2. a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.
3. a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.
The pure essence of this word was stripped from my generation with no warning signs, caution tape, or flashing red and blue lights. Graduating college in 2009, I was thrown into the "real world" with what I thought to be a decent amount of experience, a good education, and the hunger for work. I was seemingly excited to enter this new world of the nine to five hours and dealing with more adult things, like a 401k. Alas, it seemed my dreams were too high. I was unwillingly greeted by the chaos of millions of college graduates competing for the thousands of jobs that were available -- the odds were not in our favor.
Harvard grads looking for work in fields they were lightyears over qualified for, and being turned away! College graduates settling for jobs to just pay bills while angrily regretting making the decision for higher education in the first place.
Looking for work became a vicious cycle; jobs required experience but no one wanted to give it. How else can a person graduating from college prove to an employer that they have what it takes if no one takes a chance on them? Hopeless. That was the only word that could describe that time. The discouraging notion of not being good enough, the thought that maybe if I just hadn't have gone to college at all I would have had a head start on all this.
But alas, at the end of every dark tunnel there was the inevitable light. The shimmering glimmer of hope that pulled us out of what dark, demoralizing environment we were beginning to become accustomed to. Opportunities rose from the dead, employers were seeking more graduates to train, it was a miracle. As a product of this "Dark Age," I can honestly say that was one of the worst times.