But I Did Everything Right Or So I Thought Blog

This isn't about anything in the media or what I regularly talk about here, but it's about something that's near and dear to my heart. 


But I Did Everything Right Or So I Thought Blog.

It's a perfect name, because it's something that's rang in my head for the past year and a half.  I went to school and got my degree in Communications and Technology and a minor in English.  Why?  Because I enjoyed it and I was good at it.

I'm not saying that because I went to college that I should be guaranteed a job, but on a regular basis I wonder if I made the right decision.  I'm 24 years old and not working in the field of my choice.  Should I have gone about this another way?  But which way is that?  I would never have been able to apply for a job as a Public Relations Assistant or a Assistant to a Communications Director with only a high school diploma, I would lose against the person with the college degree.

So I went to college, I felt like it was a good investment.  Go to college now, get a good job and pay it off later.  Good plan right?

That's the way it's been working, right?

But not this time.  This time the market and the economy crashed around America people stopped retiring, they're holding on to their jobs longer.  And the jobs I would qualify for to get my foot in the door, are now classified as "internships".  Sure it's still a foot in the door, but a) it does not guarantee you a job and b) you can't afford to quit your paying sucky job to take on an internship at a place you do want to work at but they don't pay you.  And they can't pay you because of the recession.

I think people misunderstand the students, we're not looking for a way out, we're not looking to skip on the bill.  We're looking for jobs.  We want the natural order to be restored.  I go to work, I get a college degree and you hire me because of my knowledge and pay me so that I return the money that I borrowed that enabled me to get this job.

The way the money is being collected is beyond ridiculous.  The collection agencies don't care or seem to realize that insulting the borrower and calling fifty million times a day does not make the money magically appear in the bank account.  Of course they have a job and they're being pressured to pressure us, but at the end of the day you're still going to have a bunch of broke people, but with the insults and the constant phone ringing you have a bunch of broke, stressed and angry people.

Sleep is a luxury due to the constant nights of worry.  The job that you do have is being harassed with the phone calls, which also makes no sense if your bill collector gets you fired, then no one is getting paid!  I know you can mail them and tell them that it's illegal and all of that, but why do it in the first place?

As I said before, in my opinion a bail out is not my first choice, I would rather have a job and pay the money back.  But what other solutions are there?  Right now I'm looking to save my money so that I can move, so I can move to a place that has more jobs. 

What I leave you all with is this:  To the people about to go to college or in college, pick something recession proof.  Nursing is a good one, people will always need nurses, I don't know about now but I know awhile ago there was a nursing shortage, probably because they get treated like crap by snooty doctors who can afford to stay in school, but they get paid well.  Don't pick something you like, hopefully you'll be able to do that later, but for now, pick something that everyone needs.


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