With that title, you’re surely thinking I’ve lost my mind. While I admit it was a bit more…direct…than it could have been, I still maintain my stance. As a full-time college student with needs and expenses, I know the desperation that comes from being jobless and how hard the search for a job is. This article is aimed at college or high school students, but maybe others can take away something.
Well, consider this. In my own experience, most jobs that are available have some requirements that the average college student can’t exactly shell out, such as Bachelor’s Degrees in this or that, or work experience in a certain field, and (in some cases) references; if you’re never worked before, how can you possibly provide references?
Couple that on top of this economy, which has more people than ever out of work. Don’t believe the news when they say that the unemployment rate is improving – it’s not. All that means is that people who’ve been on unemployment for a while are pretty screwed right now because they still don’t have jobs and now the unemployment is gone.
So, what are you to do? Well, in my own advice, I simply put forth that getting your education is the most important thing you can do. The market is bad, and it might be a while before it comes back up. But if you apply yourself to your schooling rather than wasting time looking for love-*cough^ jobs in all the wrong places, you’ll be ahead of some of the competition when the market does pick back up – and it will.
See, the economy is entirely composed of the ups and and downs of the business cycle. So common sense dictates that what goes down surely comes back up, right? Right. So apply yourself to your school work and you will get rewarded in due time.
If you don’t have a job, you probably have plenty of spare time even when you aren’t avidly applying yourself to your bookwork. So take the chance to learn a trade. If you have a plumber or a bricklayer or something of that nature in the family, offer to help out – and mention without pay. You learn a trade, they get assistance with the work. You might get lucky and get good enough to earn that pay, or you’ll at least have the experience needed to get a job elsewhere doing it.
Learn a new hobby. You can pick up an old acoustic guitar from just about anywhere (chances are, you have a family member that would just give the thing to you) so get on them strings. Play for your church, your family, yourself, or whomever. Learn a few songs and the better you get the better you’ll feel, and it’s a marketable hobby as well. It’s a slow slope to climb, but so worth it. If you live in a large town, consider the ancient and honorable art of busking – the art of playing for tips. Go drop a plastic bowl on the sidewalk and play guitar. If anyone gives you trouble, take up the ancient and honorable art of escaping.
Any trade, skill, or knowledge you learn now in these dark times can only help you later on in life when things (assuredly) get better. And don’t slack with the schooling because a diploma or a degree can get you places you’d have never thought of. Consider this – the designer of certain Vietnam ejection seats never finished the eighth grade – what could he have done with a college degree?