Sunday, August 07, 2005

Sad Grads

The title sums up many of my meetings with May 05 grads this year. Aside from occasional good news, grads are finding that the job search is taking a lot longer than they anticipated. After all that work, where’s the pay off?

If they’re anything like me, I figured that the job offer would be waiting after a few post-graduation celebration weeks.  But no. It wasn’t.

So, what do the 05 grads and I talk about? The conversations usually include phrases like these:
—The process seems vague and unclear; how does a person actually get a job?
—I feel like a loser.  I’m the only person I know who doesn’t have a job.
—For the last 16 years, I knew what I’d be doing in the fall. This is the first time I don’t know and that doesn’t feel very good. 

Sometimes the grad doesn’t have to say a thing. One look says it all. Discouraged. And isolated. The individual I meet with has no clue about all the other grads in the same boat. There’s acually a whole community of disseparate individuals with the same concerns and issues. 

Of course, I’m writing from Michigan. The state at the bottom of the employment pile.

But you might be a recent grad yourself. If you’ve found a job, how did that happen? And if not, share your story. It might just be the thing someone else needs to hear.

Next post, more on what works and what doesn’t work.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 08/07 at 02:33 PM
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