Decisions to make

United States
July 31, 2012 4:51pm CST
I have been without a job for nearly a year and am getting no where with the search for something else. I hear other people's stories of getting rejected for a job because they have tattoos or they didn't dress right for the interview or they just did poorly in the interview. I can't even make that complaint. In the year since I've been actively looking for a job (for awhile while I was still at my last job) I have had three interviews. And two weren't even real interviews. One was a mass meeting of all the applicants for all the positions that were open and another was a preliminary "can you work with this schedule, when can you start, we'll call you if we have any more questions" five minutes sort of thing. So, in all of that I have been looking into other options. I have been wanting to go back to school but haven't really known why. I found, applied for and was rejected from a really awesome writing program so now I'm shifting gears and looking at other things. One thing I've been considering is cosmetology school because I look at job ads every day and almost every day there are two or three new openings for stylists or cosmetologists so there are jobs available. My luck is that wouldn't be the case in 18 months after I finish the course... I have also considered going back to the university where I got my original undergraduate degree and getting a second Bachelor's degree in graphic design and photography because I enjoy both and would like to learn to do them better and because there is a lot of money in both career fields. I just want to do something more fulfilling than customer service jobs for the rest of my life.
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4 responses
• Philippines
2 Aug 12
Yes, if you have the means there's nothing wrong in getting your second degree or learning cosmetology. I am also thinking if I need to go abroad to work or stay in my country. I'm not getting any younger. I want to get some master's degree but I don't have the means. My salary right now is just enough for me and my family. It's quite difficult to find a job so I consider staying in my current job. Good luck to you. I hope you will be successful someday.
• Indonesia
1 Aug 12
I have been in ur shoes,, sometimes its hard to get a good job for fresh graduated, from my experience :D Now Im looking for new job again after quit for my last job. Still looking for good one. I suggest you to back to school and getting ur 2nd bachelor degree, you can take part time job while doing that right? Graphic and Photography sounds great for you. Keep trying to find new job too :D FIGHTING...
@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
1 Aug 12
I understand what you mean. I too desire something that is fullfilling. I use to do a lot of volunteer work for the majority of my single and married life. Now I would to be able to get a career in something where I help and get paid for it. It is so hard though knowing exactly in which direction we would like to go. I think that it would be neat to do real estate, cosmetology or be a occupational therapy assistant. There are just so many options. It would be nice to know which would be a guarantee to getting a job and then we could pursue that field. I hope that you will be able to find a job you like soon.
@deazil (4605)
• United States
31 Jul 12
It is very tough out there trying to find a job. My age is against me. No one wants to hire an older individual for several reasons and we tend to get stereotyped. I think you're making a good career choice in going back to school for G.D. & Photo. There are jobs to be had in those fields and with your youth and talent hopefully you would do well. I wish you much luck!