Huh? Experience before experience?!


You’ve just graduated from college. Congratulations! Your whole life is ahead of you. You’ve dreamed of this moment for a while now and you’re excited! You have every right to be! However, once the partying dies down and the congratulations are over it’s time to get down to business.

Unfortunately, you won’t be defeating any Huns (although the mountains of applications to fill out may seem Hun like). You’ll probably spend a month filing out specific job applications catered to your course of study at college. Quickly, you’ll realize though that many of the applications state that you must have at least 2 years of experience or 3-5 years of experience.

I have a question for the business world. How in the world am I supposed to get this experience right out of college? It’s not like there are places that are hiring entry level people straight out of college and letting them gain experience. I had a few internships in college but it seems as though aren’t even enough. I feel as though I’ll be stuck in a crappy part time job for a while even though I have a college degree that should get me somewhere!

In fact, I just looked up a job that I would really love to have and in the first line of the job description it states, “Successful candidates must have landed major investigative projects that got people indicted or spurred policy shifts.” Then for experience  the descriptions says that they are looking for a range of experience from three to 30 years!

Sometimes though you just have to say fuck it. I’m applying for the position, even though I know that I probably won’t even make it for an interview. I’m sure that if we are all persistent enough and annoy them with how many times we’ve applied to the job that one day they’ll have to say, “Let’s give _______ a chance.”

Or they’ll just start throwing our applications out. Hopefully the former will be the case and not the latter.

Christopher Reeve said, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Right now, I’m at the impossible stage in fulfilling my dreams. However, one day soon I’ll graduate to to the improbable stage and then eventually my dreams will be inevitable.

I think my dad said it best when I complained to him about the job search. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.”


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