I Graduated! Now What?
When I transferred into a four year college, the tuition was about $1,600. When I graduated two years later, the tuition was $4,600. I just graduated last Spring from San Jose State University, and last I heard, prices are still rising. Sadly, after being shouldered with even more student debt, recent graduates are having a hard time finding jobs.
The Associate Press reports that half of recent graduates are either unemployed or working jobs that do not use the skills they have learned in school. This means political science majors are taking jobs as bank tellers, health science majors are working as waiters or waitresses, and history majors are sending in 5-10 resumes every day.
A quick scope of all the people I have graduated with has confirmed what the article wrote about: people in the sciences field have an easier time finding jobs. Having graduated as a Communication Studies major (which is one of the most general majors out there), I definitely see the downside of being in a non-science major. A field in the sciences is very specific and has a direct correlation to a profession while a field in the arts and humanities is very more broad and general. When I graduated, I immediately found a job at a large online marketplace within their marketing team, and nothing I learned within Communication Studies was directly related to marketing.
So how did a Communication Studies major get a job right away?
It would be safe to say it was not because of my major. Sure, it played a small part. A degree always looks better than no degree at all, but I don’t think it was the driving factor. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I was extremely lucky. However, I believe the main reason is because of my experience in the field. During school, I founded my own marketing consultant business from my bedroom and worked with it throughout my two years of college. I have never had any other job besides a couple part-time gigs as a high-schooler before my current corporate job.
What set me apart from, say, a business marketing major, was that I had real-life experience in marketing and entrepreneurship. I could have written down all of the fancy business classes that I took in college on my resume (I was a business minor), but what my employer hired me for was my knowledge in the field.
My experience and observations of others around me has led me to believe that if you are not a science major and you are looking for a job, having the following will help immensely:
- Decision on what specific career you want
- Related experience in the type of career you want
- Some entrepreneurial experience (school contests, freelancing, owning a business)
- Being able to communicate well with your interviewer (benefit to being a comm major)