“Thanks for your application to [insert company]. After reviewing your work and experience, we’ve made the decision to not move forward at this time. Please feel to apply again in the future should another position come available.”
The amount of times I have gotten this email is exhausting at this point. I have been job-searching for a while now and I’m tired of getting rejection after rejection. While I currently have a job, I’ve been looking for something with upward mobility and better pay. I’m going to be honest, I’m tired of being broke.
I’m trying to think beyond myself and I’m trying to start thinking of building a career and actually being able to live a comfortable life. I love my life right now. I’ve been living with my boyfriend for almost a year now and have some together to better ourselves for our future together.
And even writing this is hard for me because I feel so defeated.
Maybe it’s something to do with my generation? I read on ABC News that the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) published a report that shows for the first time in eight years, “managers are pulling back the reins on hiring college grads, with a projected 1.3 percent decrease from last year.” Like…. bitch are you kidding me?
My generation graduated a year after the 2008 recession (shout out to the class of 2009. Hope ya’ll are well.) We’re so use to the economy being horrible at this point. According to Monster.com, three out of four grads-to-be don’t have a job lined up. I know I sure as hell didn’t have a job set up for when I graduated. It’s not that I didn’t look – I did – but I didn’t find a job until roughly 3 months after I graduated and that was retail job.
I know my main issue when it comes to finding jobs is my lack of experience.
According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, employers think that most recent college graduates are underdeveloped when it comes to common workplace skills, such as interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and organization.
As a journalism major, these are skill I definitely feel like I learned. Of course, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to be a journalist. Journalism is one of those fields where you really have to know someone to get a job. I think this is why the majority of my classmates are not working journalists.
Skills that are desired by companies are not being taught in higher education. Sure, it’s important to focus on studying your major, but what about classes called “general workplace skills” or “how to get hired at a job” or “what to use instead of Indeed.com”
Sure, this phenomenon makes it harder for millennials to land even the most basic jobs. But, as someone who doesn’t really have any resources outside of myself and my boyfriend (aka I don’t have parents and my family is poor), how the hell do I even begin to find a job where I have enough for: savings, retirement (is that even real anymore), a house, paying off my debt, new shoes.
“As a millennial, I’m young in my career. All I want to know is how to start my career and how that job can help me achieve my goals. I don’t like jumping from job to job. But, circumstances change and I need something that is going to help me survive. And whether that is at a company or by me starting my own business, I need to figure something out.
At the end of the day, me and my generation want to be appreciated for what we do. Who would want to accomplish something meaningful in life?