You came out with a general business degree, biology, psychology, or heaven forbid a performing /graphic arts BA and can’t find a job. Or you hate what you do, ‘accounting’s tedious, I want human contact’. The market is weak, despite media talk this election year. If only you had gone into engineering some of your relatives opine.
Hello millennial, things are not what they once seemed. You sit at your computer depressed. You think it’s your fault. ‘Your cousin is in medical school’ you hear.
What to do; you can’t stay a waitress forever. Go back to school says your father employed in the same field for 35+ years. Back to school; I don’t know what I want. Pick something; no longer follow your heart. The arts field is glutted as is psychology and tenured professorships.
Something safe, teaching, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, dental-assisting, gets proffered. You Google it and find articles citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, (a government agency), promising great job prospects in the future.
I beg to differ on some of these pronouncements. A girl I know went through dental assisting training. One year later she still had no job. Perhaps it’s the area. Do you want to relocate?
The same holds true for nursing, and the pharmacy field. Jobs may exist, but not in the vicinity. And in law, $200, 000 in debt to compete with countless resumes for $40, 000 a year jobs?
“Why didn’t you tell me, the cry comes too late. Higher education is big business. The people involved value their positions whether you find a job or not. So how do you find opportunity? It’s not easy; you’ll have to research.
Where do you go-to the source of course. Find people working in jobs that interest you. Do you want to be a teacher-help young minds grow, 12 weeks vacations, tenure, a nice retirement? Talk to a teacher before fantacizing. Do you like bureaucracy, teaching to the test, rude/bullying/entitled kids or the violence in inner city schools? The truth is that to be effective you may bend rules, perhaps angering the administration.
Or take finance or IT, would you take a consulting job? At big consultancies people travel 40, 50, 80 percent of the time (without seeing the sights). How will that affect your social life? In engineering, working 60 hour weeks, you’re laid off in your 40’s or 50’s to make way for younger recruits.
And will your job be outsourced, like radiology, or accounting jobs? All fields have drawbacks. Before paying that huge tuition, find people working in this area, and observe if it’s what you can endure.
The reality is no more lifetime employment. Question, delve, find the truth. So what’s recommended?
#1. Look within, find a field not too overcrowded, and research on the internet.
#2. Contact people in that field, meet and possibly observe them at work. Bring questions which should include; a) what are the employment prospects locally and elsewhere, b) the pros and cons of the job? What is the burnout rate? Are jobs being outsourced or the field to be glutted in a few years? C) do you need a degree from a prestige school, or any credentialing to find a job?
#3. Decide if it’s worth your time and money. Many MBA programs don’t impress unless from a top tier institution, the same is true of law credentials. And PHDs in IT don’t influence much either.
The world changes quickly, eminent occupations are slipping in both prestige and remuneration (take law). And with technology expanding who knows where growth will be?
For those unsure, check the community colleges. Not only affordable, (you can live at home), they partner with local businesses, large and small, teaching skills that employers want, (software, logistics more).