Can't find job 1 year after school -- Am I pathetic?

United States
August 23, 2010 11:11am CST
I've been working in the health field for 2 years, I work for an ambulance company, it's private so I'm underpaid of course. I live in NYC. In October of 2009, I got my certification in EKG/Phlebotomy aka Patient Care Technician. I've been looking for something in that position for a year now and when I tell people I've been unsuccessful, they're all like shocked about it, as if I've been doing something wrong. I've searched and searched and searched and searched, I don't know what more I'm supposed to do? Wait outside the recruiter's office door and beg every time I see them? Now that would be unprofessional. Heck with my 2 years of EMT experience I can't even get a hospital job doing that. Everyone's making me feel pathetic because I can't get anything in either of those fields despite my certifications and experience. Meanwhile I work with EMTs who work where I work per diem AND part/full time at a hospital making way more. Is it me or is it the economy?
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16 responses
• Canada
23 Aug 10
In this economy just be happy you have a job, thus can continue to keep a roof over your head. Maybe it just isn't the right time. Don't stress yourself too much over it. Sometimes looking for something too hard is a bad thing and it backfires because you look too desperate. Take a break from looking for awhile and just try to enjoy life the best you can for the moment.
• United States
24 Aug 10
I definitely hear you, but I don't want to feel like a has-been in a sense because I've been stuck at the same place for 2 years while others are in a better position or about to get into one somewhere else. I mean I would not mind my job if I was making $15 minimum per hour, then I wouldn't be writing this here, I'd be very comfortable.
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• Canada
24 Aug 10
I just don't want you getting yourself depressed about it. If you take the pressure off yourself, you will likely feel better, and be a better candidate that is more desireable to another company, too. If you know what I mean? Think of it like this. Life is a journey. We are who we are because of where we have been. So, this current job is just part of that journey. We live to 80 - 100 yrs old nowadays. So, 2 yrs isn't really that long, if you think about it. Your time will come. Accept the fact that it just isn't right now, but hopefully in the very near future.
@chillpill90 (1937)
23 Aug 10
I think its you as the first time when you leave school you cant be too fussy about a job you should be glad with any job you can get. There are people who finish uni who would be glad with any job as at least it means they still have a income. What ever job you get is stil a job.
@Lupin3d (225)
• Philippines
23 Aug 10
I agree with this guy. Although I dont like Chillpill's approach, I think you needed it. And YES, it is the economy. Alot of people are not able to get the jobs specifically for the degree that they have worked so hard for BUT if there is really no available job for that specific title, why not look for a job SIMILAR or INLINE with it. Since your in medical, why not apply for nursing or whatever. At this point, you should get a job. ANY job is better than nothing. And when you get a permanent worthwhile job, continue looking and applying for the job that you really wanted. The economy is bad, so are you just going to keep on complaining or are you going to do something that will utimately help yourself?
• United States
24 Aug 10
chillpill, You forget that I mentioned its been ONE YEAR since I graduated, aka 12 Months. I didn't JUST graduate. I realize any job you get is still a job, but I've been working 56 hours for the past month, sacrificing my days off so I can get overtime. I'm making 12.50 per hour and working OT over 40 hours is the only way I can get like a $500-$600 check after tax. If I had a second job or even a job inside a hospital making $15 plus per hour, I wouldn't have to be busting my brains working 50-60 hours every week at my current job. You see what I'm getting at here? Lupin3d, I've been trying to help myself for the past year already. Fax resume, email resume, oh register here first and THEN send your resume, come in person, fax, email, come in person, fill out this application, come in person, cover letter here, cover letter there, oh I heard this hospital is hiring, oh no that person is wrong we're not hiring. I should have a second job that involves me looking for jobs at this rate. I don't know if I can handle the responsibility involved with nursing even though I see TONS of openings, I don't want to kill anybody by accident you know. That's why I don't want to become a paramedic and am just an EMT right now, I'm not responsible for administering all of those medications. I am, however, considering Medical Billing and Coding in January, I want to do it at a college though because they provide internship which I'm hoping would help reference and experience wise, but I'm kinda undecided because I don't want to waste $4000 on that and become disappointed again.
@skdhawan (76)
• India
23 Aug 10
why dont you start your own business?
• India
23 Aug 10
I have a few ideas to work parttime or full time and earn unlimited income
• Italy
24 Aug 10
I had to travel 2500 km from my country to Italy to find a job. [not a stabil one tough] so u must be happy if u had a job..try to keep it even if things are not going so well now...cuz u see..times are rough,hard to find well paid job...HARD to find any job .good luck with your job dude,just keep it,cuz u don;t want to work in someother country..to break hands working and then be trated like some garbage :)
@billzehua (573)
• China
24 Aug 10
Hi Handsomeitaliano, you know,I have been thinking about if there's any chance if I can land on a job in U.S. , but now definately your story reminds me that the unemployment figures in the USA is true.You know,hope someday you can try stepping your feet outside of America, I know people from USA,Briton living a good life here and plus Westerners are definitely the 'hot ones' in our society.Two options I know would be available are teacher and international sales in medical industry. English education is still spoiling arcoss the country and especially native Americans are hugely welcomed. Now some companies are very willing to hire international people to diversify its team and my previous colleague is from Poland. Since your major is in the health field, and your identity of being an American would present you a good advantage over others to deal with people from other countries if you try the medical exporting industry in China. You will have chances to free travel the outside market. Shenzhen, China, converges lots of high-tech companies that concentrate on exporting.
@p3ks626 (6552)
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
I dont think it has something to do with you. There are a lot of people out there who are underemployed and some dont have jobs. I feel sad actually cause the situation all over the world is the same.
• China
24 Aug 10
i hope good luck will come to you. in china,when economy is in good condition , i just observed that a lot of good jobs offered by many companies ,that time ,my friend just smiled and talked with me ,look ,maybe one day i will work in a big company with higher salary ,but consequently with a worldwide economic-recession ,most company just shrinked their positions ,and my friend ,till now ,can not find a another job ,let alone a higher salary in a big company ,now we sometimes talk about this ,luckily we at least have a job , so for me ,you and others ,have no choice but to wait for a chance ,it is not your fault ,it dues to the bad circumstance outside so be patient ,my friend
@yeyezz (196)
• China
24 Aug 10
It is the economy that is rough.when i left the school,i also am jobless for half several months.when i got a new job,i find the wage low and the boss is mean.So i left the company again.it is last half a year.Maybe the job is not my interest.i study computer at the school.I expect find a job which is high wage and protential. but i hardly find it. i have been in the company for 1 year right now.i am not satisfied.i want to change anther one again.
@tooties (27)
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
we are on the same boat my friend, i too am a professional graduated 1 1/2 year ago in BS nursing, a registered Nurse, license Iv therapist, Trained in both Basic life support, Advance cardiac life support, as well as neonatal advance life support, and now looking into training as a hemodialysis nurse, but look at me now still jobless, and still taking up volunteer work with no pay, not a single thank you. good thing my parents are still not complaining in me being a freeloader at home,i decided to do a home business doing buy and sell to help me atleast earn for my daily expenses, im not earning much but atleast im not much of a heavy load. seriously friend its not you its the CR*ppy economy,there's no reason why you should feel pathetic over anything.
@gmnava (31)
• Philippines
24 Aug 10
You know what! The position that you wanted to be in is not really your fault. This has something to do with the global economic turmoil that we are having, you are not only the victim but us as well. In my country, at least 60% of our graduates are unemployed. Thanks, to the Business Process Outsourcing Industry (BPO). Somehow, it lessens our problem from unemployment. But these jobs, however, are mere temporary.
@sjlskl (3385)
• Singapore
23 Aug 10
It is never good to graduate when the economy is bad. You might not be able to get the job that you want and when the economy picks up, there are many more new graduates in the market vying for the same position. What could have make you have the edge is the experience. But what you have gain in the meantime is totally irrelevant. Not only will there be new graduates, there will be those from the industry that was lay off during the downturn. So, make a calculation. What is your chances in such an environment. And nope, it is not your fault.
@aurorastorm (1136)
• United States
23 Aug 10
The economy is really rough right now and because of it people that seemingly should be able to get a job with their degrees and specialties can't. Do not let another person make you feel inadequate. If it was you, on the news you would not hear how bad unemployment is everyday if it was just you. I think your profession is very noble and one day you will get something in it. I wish you good luck.
@dodo19 (26676)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
23 Aug 10
I don't think that it's just you. My husband just graduated from University and has been looking for and applying for a job since March, but has not been able to find anything yet. I think that the economy is affecting the job availability and such. It is making things harder for everyone.
@narayan2006 (2955)
• India
23 Aug 10
It seems that like many other qualified and experienced jobless people, you have become a victim of the economic slowdown that has severely affected the live of many people.The Government's action does not seem to have yielded much result in improving the situation. Besides, many jobs are fast flowing to other countries in form of outsourcing to keep down the cost. You need to fully equipped with the skill of impressing your prospective employer about how your service can prove to help enhance profit,improve quality and control cost. Thanks.
@thebest1 (658)
• Romania
23 Aug 10
Is the economy,you can be sure! In my country happend same things,people who has University don't find a job like they want. Don't worries,soon all will be like befor(I hope so,because our economy is going down!)
• Philippines
23 Aug 10
good for you at least you have work..i'm jobless for 1 year..