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I was unemployed for about 5 months. The first month was great - almost like a pseudo-retirement. Then as I realized it wasn't going to be so easy to find another job in my industry, it began to cause a bit of panic. Obtaining interviews was simple, the opportunities were quite decent. But either I wasn't an ideal candidate, or the interviewers were clueless about what they wanted.

Still though, without any experience you should be jumping at any opportunity even semi-related to your degree.

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I know the feeling. After graduating college, I spent 6 months looking for a job and the lack of work experience was my Achilles' heel (I always did great in the job interview). I was getting depressed and felt that my 8 years of education were worthless. I finally got a job but as an Administrative Assistant (I studied accounting).

After nearly three years working there, I got tired of the working conditions ($7.25 hourly wage, and doing task not corresponding to my position and salary) and I decided to change jobs. That was another year of searching. People that say that searching for jobs is easy haven't lived in Puerto Rico. Employment and Wages are bad in here. I finally got a great job as an Accountant and Internal Auditor but it was thanks to a friend.

EricHiggin said:

Went to school for a trade, took me close to 2 years to find a job. Same problem. Everyone wanted experience, but nobody was wiling to take me on. Most of them also told me to come back after a few years and they would treat me and pay me better than wherever I found work. This was also when the economy was quite good before the 08 collapse. What a bunch of slime balls. They wanted everything for nothing. That's not how the world works. I never went back to any of them.

I ended up getting a job in my field, only because of coincidence and an old family connection, even though the individual from that company wasn't tied to my family in any manner. It wasn't what I was looking for at all. It was at the very bottom of the list within the industry. Always outside in the heat and cold, rain or shine. Lot's of manual labor, enough to leave you sore and dead tired at the end of the day. 12-14 hours per day, 6-7 days a week. Always on the road for weeks at a time and never being home. Pay that wasn't all that much higher than minimum wage at the time. It sucked, but in the end, was totally worth it.

Due to the 08 collapse, plenty of people I worked with over the years had no intentions whatsoever of ending up in the trades, and were headed in completely different directions prior, but things don't always work out the way you think or are told, and that's just life. Some of them downright hated the work, couldn't stand it, but they didn't have a lot of choice. Now most of them, after a few years or more of any OT they could get their hands on, and as much saving as possible, used that for more schooling to head in yet another direction that they felt was more likely to work out in the future.

The world isn't made to cater to you or anyone, you have to cater to the world. That's how it works. If you want to be wealthy, respected, etc, you need to find a way to cater to as many people as possible, as efficiently as possible. This doesn't happen overnight, and the world makes you work for it, unless your born rich or have connections of course. You also gain experience and respect that you never would otherwise by starting at the bottom. That, and the people at the middle or top who've already worked their way up there, aren't giving it up for you, and if you want it, your going to have to earn it and take it, that's for sure.

A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, isn't just some random saying. People have to do whatever they need to, to survive, and to thrive. Anyone who is under the impression that the working world is going to welcome you with open arms and hand you the keys to the castle are dead wrong. Human beings are animals as well and take what they can get, based on how strong and intelligent they are. As much as it sucks, and as depressing as it can be, you have to come to the realization that you will always work for the world, and it will never work for you, unless you invent something awesome or end up a CEO down the road, then you truly call the shots, but definitely don't count on it.

*I should also mention during those 2 years I was looking for work, I worked on the family farm. Farming during the spring, summer, fall, and logging during the winter. Mostly manual labor at minimum wage as well. No riding in the tractor all day, no family bonus. My parents made sure I understood what it was like to start at the bottom and how much it sucked, and it helped me to realize what it was worth to try even harder and better myself to get to a place where I didn't have to worry eventually.

"The world isn't made to cater to you or anyone, you have to cater to the world"

I couldn't agree more.

We live in a world of "what do you want to be when you grow up? -- Librarian -- Astronaut -- Whatever dream I have". The thing is, the world doesn't need more of your dream profession. Then the person never gets a job and get pissed and upset or ask for communism.

We need to teach our children that even though they need to look for something they rather like, they also need to look for something the world round them needs. Not everyone can have a dream job. Job is job, you can have your fun after 8-5.

PS: My reply is not to the OP.

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I did for about 6 months after my PhD. Way overqualified for odd jobs unless it was a favour for family and it took a while to find something relevant.

I don't know what your field is but if you can't find anything at the moment then have you thought about self-employment or even a side hustle whilst you're looking? Even doing something that's not getting you paid but keeping your skills fresh (GitHub, blog, artist portfolio, writing etc.). Anything that you can then pop on your CV to show an extra level of passion for the subject matter and that employers can look at to help you stick out. More importantly, it keeps your mind busy on things other than your job search which keeps you sane.

Don't forget about Grad fairs and get your name out there as much as possible via networking. Remember that nearly all job roles now touch LinkedIn so make sure your profile looks good and that you've put plenty of keywords so your name will come up when recruiters search for you. If you find a good recruitment agent then they can also help with interview prep.

Also, Coursera and Udemy have plenty of extra courses to add extra value to your CV.

Good luck and don't forget that nearly everyone tends to have a patch like this, especially after completing education.

I lost my job just as the Great Recession hit its peak. Tough times. Despite being almost 30, holding a college degree, having procured excellent references, and having a resume proving steady employment for almost 10 years with a single employer in a respectable field requiring professionalism I literally couldn't get an interview with McDonalds. I was hustling for work with as many as four separate part-time jobs at once and maxing out credit cards just to get by. Took me the better part of a decade to completely dig my way out of that.

Yeah, it sucks. Once you go through something like that, you never really treat money the same way.

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When I graduated from college, I could not get a job in the field I went to school for at all. Hell, I was working at Lowes putting lumber in people's trucks or dry wall. The thing is that you will need to take whatever job you can get to pay the bills and keep things moving but always look out for the job in your profession. You have to be diligent and it may take years before you get that chance but the key is that when the chance comes you are prepared and ready to jump right in.

It took me 2 years before I found an entry level development job after college. Even during that time, I continue to add to my resume by attending classes for specific stuff and gaining certifications. I moved from Lowes, to a support job at Microsoft to assembly worker at IBM to development job at a paint company to developer at a software company. Each time, I found ways to continue my education and be prepared so when the opportunity did come, I could move up.

Even today, I continue to keep myself educated in up and coming tech so that even if I leave the job I am at, get laid off or fired, my skill set is always in line with the industry so obtaining a new job is a lot easier than getting locked down with what you do in your current employment.

Honestly never had a hard time finding employment. I guess I did have a hard time finding the employment I wanted though... I initially graduated from college during the recession with a degree in language arts with the intention of teaching... but couldn’t find a job teaching... all the teachers were getting laid off or having hiring freezes... bad time to look for a teaching job... so I got a job as a substitute teacher and went back to school for a masters in math... I got hired immediately with that degree and I currently teach both subjects. Pretty happy with how everything went down to be honest, even though it kinda sucked at the time...

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Barozi said:
Well yeah, a few months after I finished school and when I left university.
But I never applied for government welfare in that time, so officially I was never unemployed.
Now I'm in a job where I can't be layed off in my lifetime, so I will never have to worry about unemployment.

Hi Barozi

Totally understand if you don't wish to answer, but are you able to shed some light on the type of role/industry that gives you that confidence?

I have had many years of what I would term 'secure' employment. But I could still be laid off with a months notice and a bit of a payout.

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I am, currently. For over a year now. I have no experience on the field I've studied and no one over here is willing to accept an inexperienced Computerized Information Systems graduate. Right now, I'm looking for ANY job before I can stand on my feet, but the lack of experience is hurting my chances. And the jobs I've found that offer no experience are out of my reach in many ways. I loved what I studied and excelled at it, but if I knew they were gonna throw us to the wolves unprepared, I wouldn't have chosen this career.