More than five months ago, after the pomp and circumstance of graduation was over, you set off on the career hunt to find that perfect first salaried job. If you're coming up empty, and those cards full of graduation cash are dwindling, you may be looking at taking any job that comes your way, regardless of if it fits your degree, or even requires a degree. If that's the case, you're about to join the ranks of the mal-employed, a term coined in the '70s for college students who couldn't find a job that required a degree. Don't worry, you're not alone. According to an economist at Northeastern University, between September and January of this year, about 1.94 million graduates under age 30 were mal-employed.
Does being mal-employed mean that degree is for naught? Hardly. Think "glass is half full" and turn mal-employment into the opportunity of a lifetime. You can turn an hourly job into a career or gain valuable experience that will set you on the right path if you take some of the skills you learned in college and run with them.
- Research is everything. Remember the ridiculous number of sources you rounded up for that final paper? Think of us as your job library and get searching. Snagajob is the world's only company devoted to the hourly worker, and we provide assessments that help match your interests, skills and strengths with the right employer. We'll help you find the company that fits you.
- Think outside the box. Sledding on cookie sheets and Ramen Noodle Surprise shouldn't be the end of your creativity. Your marketing degree may not seem to fit at a florist shop, but once you have the job, you can volunteer to promote their holiday sales or new services. That's career experience!
- Learn. You spent the last four (or more) years learning. Don't stop now. The more you know, the more marketable you are both to your current and to future employers. Even if it means taking on volunteer opportunities, expanding your knowledge base only helps you.
Just because you haven't had any luck finding the salaried job of your dreams doesn't mean that you don't have an opportunity to get your career off to a great start. By finding the right hourly position, you'll be able to get your foot in the door in the workplace, use some of the skills you learned in college and have the chance to add to your experience. Who knows, you may rise up the ladder quickly and find that your hourly job becomes your career. Or, you may learn something that opens a door that you never thought possible.
Actor Jack Nicholson was discovered while working in the mailroom at MGM. Where you will be discovered? Think about it.