Anonymous asked: what jobs are you trying to look for/what did you major in in college? this is scary since i am broke going into a very expensive college and risking a lot of debt... very scared i might turn up jobless and broke for a long long time
I never finished school, I realized 1.5 years into my $64k bachelor degree that A) the field was oversaturated and I’d never get a job and B) I wouldn’t be happy in that industry anyway. I cut my losses at $26k and never looked back. ((I’m down to $2,221.55 for my remaining loan balance, BTW.))
I’m just looking for restaurant industry jobs right now, or a barista job if I can’t find a restaurant job. I’d like to serve or expedite over lunches somewhere upscale and high-volume. The restaurant I’m applying at on Wednesday, a bartender told me the expeditors make $150-200 a shift during the weekend brunches, which would be ideally what I’d be doing/working.
But yes… I know a lot of people who went to college and are working minimum wage jobs or construction jobs or living with their parents still or doing tech support in a call center or just working temp jobs and seasonal jobs etc etc. There just aren’t enough jobs out there. There are a lot of reasons for this:
OVERPOPULATION. I CANNOT SAY THIS ENOUGH.
Oversaturated job fields
Outsourcing of jobs
Technology replacing humans
Our society’s demand for quantity over quality
Our society’s unwillingness and inability to pay more for higher quality products
The de-unionization of our workforce, requiring people to work longer and harder for less money and benefits, and thus taking hours and positions away from other would-be employees
People are constantly being pressured into going into post-secondary education, in fact, most people grow up thinking that if you don’t go to college right out of high school, you’re pretty much a total failure at life. What they don’t realize is that a lot of this is rubbish shoved down their throats by a for-profit education system that doesn’t care if you get a job afterwards or not, because student loans are one of the few loans you can’t default on.
I would also like to point out the amount of people that do go to college when they’re 18 and get a degree only to realize 10 years later that they had no idea what they really wanted in life/to do at the age of 18 and are miserable in their industry. And then they go back to school for another 2-4 years worth of debt. I don’t think anyone really knows what they want in life at 18. But they want you to think you do, so they can get twice the fucking money out of you.
Having said all that, I would love to go back to school to study sciences and get a grad degree and become a teacher to share my love of science and passion for teaching with the youth of tomorrow. However, with the way the current system is set up I’ll never be able to afford to go back, and even if I magically did afford to go back, I would never make as much money teaching to pay back my loans in any reasonable time frame or make ends meet. So yeah. Unless some big changes happen, I’m pretty disillusioned with post-secondary education.