View Full Version : a bit disillusioned -- any advice out there for a soon-to-be new grad?
04-30-2003, 12:22 AM
:( i'm feeling a bit disillusioned and depressed with life in general. I've worked my butt off for the past 4 years through college, getting recognized by 4 seperate honors programs, serving as the vice-president in a fairly well respected club, high grades, tons of work experience, etc. Overall, my resume kicks butt, and seeing as i'm one of the few Comp Sci majors with social skills, I'm usually well received by recruitors. And yet, while everyone tells me I'm an ideal canidate, i have no job offers. I know part of it is the job market (tech isn't exactly doing fabulous right now), but most my friends who don't have as impressive resumes are getting jobs! :bawl:
So my question is this - was all that work I did for 4 years of my young life (8 if u count me working my butt off in HS to get into a good college with scholarships) for nothing? is there something else i'm supposed to be doing that i'm just completely oblivious to? anyone out there got some inspirational story about their first job outta college that they wanna share? thanks for reading my babbling!
04-30-2003, 12:30 AM
damn, i'm sorry to hear that stuff isn't going quite so smoothly for you as you're getting ready to graduate from college. i wish i had easy answers, but i don't.
job offers are somewhat like college admissions....they don't necessarily make sense and sometimes the best people don't get them. but with your drive, your intelligence, and your experience, something is going to open up.
and remember that things like this happen for a reason (at least, that's what i believe). keep your eyes open and look at all your possibilities, because maybe there's something else out there for you to do that's not what you had anticipated. and maybe not having job offers is going to enable you to see those new opportunities.
you haven't wasted the last 8 years of your life (unless you learned absolutely nothing, were miserable, and did it all just so you could get a high-paying job :P).
i'm sort of babbling here, but i'm also speaking from personal experience. things don't always work out how you want them to....but often, that leads to even better things ;)
04-30-2003, 12:48 AM
I understand your situation, but the job market for IT guys just plain sucks right now. Especially if you are coming out of college with not much experience.
Luckily for me i've been working as a student doing computer stuff and will probably get hired full time when I finally graduate in a semester or two.
Basically just keep looking, sounds like you have worked your butt off for a while and eventually that'll pay off. Where I work we can't hire anyone, let alone give raises, so it is not just you who is feeling the pain
04-30-2003, 09:13 AM
I know what you're going through. I went through the same thing two years ago (2001-2002) and my friend is going through the same thing.
The thing you have to know is that it's NOT YOUR FAULT. It's not that you're not good enough. It's not that you've wasted your time. The problem is that the companies aren't hiring as much. You have to find those companies that are. It might be a long process, but that's the extent of the job market these days.
If you can't find anything in industry, try getting a job with some professors as a research or lab job. It pays money and you can use his/her connections to find something else. Plus it never hurts to have a professor on your side.
04-30-2003, 10:22 PM
I know how you feel. I was graduated in 1990, and we all know that is when the market hit bottom and stays there for a few more years. After graduated I have to work as an assembler/technician for four years before I could get an engineering job. I was sending out resume almost every week for four straight years..... :(
What I'm trying to say is that keep trying and be patience. Never give up........wish you luck in your career searching....and keep
04-30-2003, 11:13 PM
Are you willing to move? I've found that this is a key to finding not just jobs, but *the right* job. Also, consider public service, the FBI, and the Dept. Homeland Security. They are always looking for cubicle-fodder.
05-01-2003, 12:54 AM
i'm willing to move, but maybe i'm being too picky in jobs. I want something in the comp field, preferably development... should i just settle for any decent job that pays the bills? i kinda feel like this might severely hurt my career, since i'd probably lose some of my tech skills while i'm working at sales or something unrelated. what about you guys? how many of you were satisfied with your first job out of college?
05-01-2003, 01:00 AM
btw, thanks for all the advice everyone! :) on the up point, i recently got 2 interviews, so hopefully these will turn out well...
05-01-2003, 11:22 AM
Good luck on those interviews.
I said a little prayer for you (for willing hearts/minds and open doors).
I know what you mean about those sideline jobs, out of your career path. I had a few, and at the time thought I got trapped. In retrospect though, I aquired a few skills that I never would have otherwise (some people skills, some tech skills). And, I can draw on those skills in my present career.
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