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Post Graduation

What next?

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Somebody, anybody, please well me why it has to be so hard? Finding a job even entry level to begin my career is probably going to be the death of me. I graduated from college in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in healthcare administration. No one told me that it would be so difficult to find a job, let alone an internship, once I was done. But then again, no one told me how quickly the people would be begin to call wanting to know when and how you would be paying back student loans. When I was in high school, the guidance counselor stressed us so hard about preparing for college. My high school was a preparatory academy so not going to college was not an option for the students that attended. Even if it was a community college. They made sure that we had every option. They made sure that we were prepared for the SAT and ACT. They also made sure that we had numerous college representatives coming to speak to us. Everyone boasted about how great their campus was and what the school could do for you. I’m sure we have all been there. Ever noticed how they never speak about the cost or the chances of finding a job once you have completed your studies? They never spoke of it and my counselor also failed to mention that it would be extremely difficult to begin your career post-graduation. “College is going to be a great experience for you.” Wrong! My college experience was AWFUL! I exhibited the most depressive moments when I was at college. It wasn’t until I left the incredibly expensive four-year university and resumed my studies online that I felt some peace and comfort with the whole college experience.

The constant struggle for me has been the frequent rejection after rejection due to the lack of experience. When did organizations and companies decide that they were no longer going to train people? What sense does it make? It is not realistic to expect someone who is fresh out of college to have three to five years of experience? It seems like the next would be to return to school and earn a Master's Degree. However, I am learning that process is the same as having a Bachelor's. Last year, my best friend received her Master's Degree in public health. Do you think she is working in her field? Nope! But she is the assistant manager at Harley Davidson. It is amazing to me how easy it is to find employment outside of your field than it is to find employment with your degree. Even myself, I’ve been working in childcare for the past three years and I absolutely hate it! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love kids. But it is simply a dead end job. It is not going to get me anywhere close to where I want to be. When I was preparing and planning for college, I never imagined that this would be the end result. I spend most of my time searching for degree and certification programs that would at least get me in the door of a healthcare organization. I am no stranger to hard work, so entry level with the possibility of working my way up to a managerial position is all I’m after. My constant prayer is that someone will take a chance on me and allow me to show them that I am worth the risk. We took a chance by going to college. These organizations need to take a chance by allowing us to put the knowledge and skills we acquired to good use. As the old saying goes, “Use it or lose it.”

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