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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:25 PM

66. Most of my friends were forced to relocate after college

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I'm not an authority on this, but based on the experiences of my college graduate friends, the time it takes to gain employment depends on several things, like your major, proficiency (because a lot of employers do pop quizzes during interviews), and willingness to relocate. Depending on your field, the university you attended may play a role as well. The IT/computer *whizzes* I know never have a problem finding work, and they're not forced to move anywhere to find work. The mediocre IT/computer science graduates have a much harder time. New graduates need to be creative in where they're looking--try smaller companies, look into federal jobs, or work in a completely different field from what they majored in. If they majored in something like psychology, they won't find decent work in their field until they complete graduate school.

ETA: Also, there are so many freelance jobs a recent grad can do while waiting for that dream job with benefits (Google "freelance jobs". Actually, now that the exchanges are coming, self employment will become even easier since you won't have to be glued to employers to get decent health insurance. There are millions of businesses that need services, such as company websites, logos, corporate stationary, press release articles, product descriptions, the list goes on and on. If you have photoshop skills, guess what, you're needed! There are also universities that need adjunct staff to administer e-courses (and some even hire people with bachelor's degrees).

Also, a quick browse through youtube reveals hundreds if not thousands of people who are actually making money through blogging and vlogging. Combining passion about a topic (like a personal weight loss journey or favorite products) with some affiliate networking can be a decent income stream as well. Several years ago, I gained weight and I kept a journal and pictures of my weight loss progress. So many people asked me about how I lost weight that I did a tiny amount of affiliate marketing in the form of a youtube video and made a few thousands). I'd imagine that people putting more effort in would make a lot more. When friends of mine complain about being broke, etc., I tell them about all these opportunities for extra income and they look at me like I'm speaking a foreign language.

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