I read recently that those with college degrees who could not find jobs would have to resort to minimum wage positions in order to find work. I am all for it. I have a Masters in Education and a Bachelors in English. I have applied for many jobs in the last year and a half, in fact I would consider myself an Equal Opportunity Applier.
I applied at local school districts, but I also applied at the big box stores, home improvement stores, fast food slingers, almost every store in the mall…you get the idea. I have filled out so many electronic applications, I may have carpal tunnel syndrome. So, why have I received NO calls?
One reason is that the application process is deeply flawed in many ways. The biggest flaw is that most employers no longer get a look at all applicants and personality is totally out of the equation. No longer can you call human resources to request an interview or even to ask if there is a position available. You will always receive the standard, “You can apply on line, we are always accepting applications.” In the old days, I would go to the business and meet the person who would decide as I gave them my application and resume. They got to see what a stand up gal I am and at least let me interview. That is no longer an option for most schools and businesses.
Another reason I have received no calls is that I am too expensive an employee. I am very qualified to be a teacher as I have 11 years experience. But, I do not get considered for these jobs because I have a Masters. The school district would have to pay me more than a fresh out of college teacher. Sure I will do a better job, but that is irrelevant in an environment where money for education is scarce. So, I have just about given up hope that I will work in education again. I mean seriously, I even applied as a secretary in a school just to get my foot in the door, but having HAD a secretary does not make you qualified to BE a secretary! But, I digress.
I figured surely there must be SOMETHING I can do outside of education. I mean I have two hands and a good brain and I did work fast food in college and part time sales while teaching. Surely I can get a run of the mill mall job. NOPE! This is the third reason I have not been called. Having an education intimidates those already in power. I was told at one local mall store that their district manager would not consider my application since I was more educated than HE is. I was told at one of our burger slinging joints that they would not hire me because I would probably find a ‘good’ job and leave before they finished training me. Well, here it is 4 months later and I am still at home waiting for that ‘good’ job to call.
I just wanted to let people know that it is not the over educated person’s fault that they are STILL unemployed. Maybe there are those unemployed snobs who refuse minimum wage jobs left and right and want to just ride out unemployment , but there are many others who just want to contribute to their families again and, of course, make those student loan payments.