Imagine having an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a masters degree from Columbia University and being employed part-time by a big shipping company and barely making ends meet even while living at your parent's home; that's what it's been like for me. I was fortunate enough to be employed full time for one year after graduating from Cornell in 2009, but when my visions didn't meet those of the company's I was let go by them as the position they were trying to create for me wasn't seen as beneficial by the company's board. I began grad school at Columbia in spring of 2010 as I wanted to be challenged more while working full time and when I became unemployed in September 2010 I picked up my pace at grad school and continued to look for work until I did become employed part-time by the big shipping company. I've been with the said company since January of 2011 and have been happy with the benefits they have provided, but with all the changes occurring in the economy I've seen the company change and adjust to the times, but watched the veterans become frustrated with the new direction making it harder to stay motivated. After graduating in May of 2012 with my masters I held a summer job as well as my job at the shipping company but once summer ended I've placed myself in high gear looking for more forms of employment. Yet in doing so I have yet to find any type of additional employment. A home improvement store is unable to provide me employment due to my hours at the shipping company and any applications placed for full time employment have not yielded any results.
The most recent jobs numbers are discouraging for millenials because they don't hold truth with us. We were told go to college become educated, meanwhile what results have we seen of that. Sectors such as business, technology and healthcare are still going pretty strong, but other than that the jobs are lacking elsewhere. For me I majored in Landscape Architecture for my undergraduate and Construction Administration for graduate school, with the hope of becoming involved in a form of employment that would not be cooped up in an office staring off into screens and numbers all day. Many questions arise then in relation to our futures.
Are we going to struggle to fulfill the American dream of owning a home, and living with in our means? Are we ever going to have work that we can enjoy? Who can we trust and believe right now?
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