Why is finding a job so problematic? Never mind the unsuccessful job hunter, but even landing a job takes a whole lot of time, effort and stress. That is a pretty fair statement. But now with skyrocketing unemployment I am beginning to wonder how much the failing economies are affecting me personally.
Now, I am admittedly no economist, but it seems to me as though finding a job should not be this hard. What I am most interested in exploring here is to what degree the United States and global economies are affecting me personally. In other words, as a young American living in a pretty affluent area of New Jersey, how possible or likely is it I will be able to find a decent full time job for the next six months until I transfer to a four year college?
That is the key question, because I am not looking to enter the work force indefinitely at this point in time because I am much more interested in pursuing my studies further at a four year college. This means I cannot be promising to work permanently, but only for about half of a year. Besides that, I am pretty open to what exactly it is I am doing, I am flexible with both hours and pay, plus I just finished earning my Associates Degree at quite a respectable community college, as far as two-year schools go Raritan Valley is one of the best.
So because I am not overly well-versed in economics, I am going to essentially think out loud, or type out loud rather, about some things that are troubling me. First, how does the global or even national economy affect me personally? That is my central question. Not only immediately, but I am also curious about the future forecast as well. Is it even probable that I will be able to find a good full time job for the next six months? I am open to working two part-time gigs, but I would prefer one full time place of employment.
Purposefully so, I am not being too specific with what I want. I would rather avoid food service if I can because I have done that before and although the money can be pretty decent, the hours are far less than ideal, plus the income varies upon the night so it is not necessarily steady work. Also, turnover rate is high so job security is not the best either.
While being realistic, I also feel as though my Associates of Arts degree should be good for something, other than just a means to an end as in transferring to a four year school. Why can I not use the degree now? I do not see jobs requiring an Associate’s Degree and I am just wondering why that is. I know that not all people whom earn Associates continue onto a four year school. So what do these people do to support themselves?
And I do really need to work, for multiple reasons, including but not limited to simple financial reasons. I am hoping to work enough now, and over the next few months, to allow me the option of not having to work during my first semester away at college. This is a completely rational goal, assuming I can find a job that is!
But that is what I am concerned about. And, as stated, I am a curious as to how much the larger financial situation hurts me and my opportunities, i.e. job outlook. Not that finding out will change anything in and of itself, but I am very curious just to know nonetheless. So please, enlighten me with your thoughts! And no advanced economics degree required!! Many thanks, and wish me luck.
Just another poor college student,