If an MBA can't make it, how can I?

@jerzgirl (8058)
Gloucester City, New Jersey
December 8, 2008 9:18am CST
There was a time when a high school diploma was the entryway into a career - if you graduated high school, you could find a job. Then educational inflation and new technology came along and it was a college degree that was the best assurance of a career. But, in today's economy, if even an MBA can't find a job, how can I, with 130 credits but no degree, unemployed since February, ever hope to be employed again? I'm getting too long in the tooth, despite laws against age discrimination, and am even having difficulty getting an interview. But, here's one man who is expanding his horizons in a new and creative way. An MBA grad of La Salle University, he has been unable to find any job except his current position as a taxi driver in NYC. But, he's not giving up hope on being able to market himself into a position worthy of his education. Check this out: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12072008/news/regionalnews/mba_cabby_aims_hire_143044.htm So, have you had problems with finding work? Have you used creative means to market yourself? What did you do and how successful was that method? What methods DID you use that were successful?
9 responses
• United States
9 Dec 08
Actually, I'm finding that those with advanced degrees, are having a harder time finding work, especially engineering. And yes, age seems to be another factor, despite anti-discrimination laws. One of the reasons is because many companies, whether contractually with unions or not, have a policy that they pay a differential for that master's or doctorate. It is even worse for someone who has that advance degree, but no actual employment experience in the related field. Another excuse that companies are using is that with that advance degree, they "seem" to be under the impression that the employee with an advanced degree would either only be a temporary employee, & once they find something better, they'll be gone. Unsaid but true, those doing the hiring/selecting are probably afraid for their jobs, thinking that they would either end up taking their own jobs away, or end up being from hired by these people to being in command of them. This is evident in the term, "overqualified." That cab driver seems to be using a unique way to market himself. I'm sure that anyone who gets creative like that can do a lot by being that creative for whatever company hires him. However, I'm sure that if someone does hire him, we probably will not hear about it.
• United States
11 Dec 08
Oh - an update. Someone else got creative & landed a good job after getting laid off. Read more about that at: http://www.nypost.com/seven/12112008/news/regionalnews/better_sign_of_times_143653.htm
@hotsummer (10465)
• Philippines
9 Dec 08
since i was young until now i have not got a decent or real job. not because i am lazy. but because i was more into taking care of my family. i was too busy helping my family to manage our home. when someone get sick i am the one that make sure to take care of the medicines. and taking care of everything needed at home. i was raised that way and i grew up that way. not a very nice life. a boring life in a way. but that does not mean i don't go out. i just didn't have a real job though.
9 Dec 08
dear friend why do u think about others.he mighthave done MBA and not job.but that's not the point you have to focus but its the spirit inside ihim who tells that i am not gonna rest until i get a job which is in a good position.that kind of a thought is needed first.be optimistic in all that you do and that's the key or first step to success.so believe that you are gonna have a new job.then try your best.all the best
@zhangfzoe (432)
• China
9 Dec 08
I have problems with fiding work when I graduated from college. I was unemplyed for 6 months. During that time , I was not giving up my study and kept on finding a job. And two years later, I got a bachelor degree. Now I have about 3 years working experience. But I still feel I have to keep on my study. Especially, now the goble economy is slumped.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Hey jerz! I have been unemplyed for alot longer then you and I can tell you that I tried so many different things it was just so depressing and stressful that I almost had a complete breakdown! I would go into an office building and go door to door with my resume even though there were "No Soliciting" signs all over the buildings! I walked the streets in the freezing cold from bulding to building for months trying to get something! I sat down with the yellow pages making phonecalls to lawyers asking them if they needed help or knew of someone who needed a secretary. You name it I did it! I also had been a medical secretary/assistant. I did the same thing with doctors offices. This was three years ago! I searched the Internet too! I still check for jobs even though I am temporarily disabled and don't know when or if I will be able to return to work. As if someone would hire me now that I am even older then I was then and couldn't find a job before! Who the hell is going to hire me when there are so many people out of work? They are going to pick someone half my friggen age! Who are we kidding? Discrimenation doesn't exist? Yeah, right! Why would anyone hire a 56 year old women when they could hire a 23 year old?
• United States
8 Dec 08
Interesting story, I don't know what to tell you GF! I know you are a smart woman and I hate you are having to go through this , and have gone through this for many months now, but I honestly am glad you are away from that hideous person you had for a boss what a b!tch she was!!! UGH! I understand the stress you are under too trying to find work, just keep doing what you are doing, and you can and do write really well...at least you have that much for now; I'm afraid things are going to get really worse for quite awhile!! hang in there!! I am here for ya!
@p1kef1sh (45638)
8 Dec 08
In theory as you get older your experience counts more than your education. Trouble is the people doing the hiring can't believe that no MBA = not necessarily unemployable. I am trying the old fashioned way, without much success so far, but it's early days. Personally I am not a fan of MBAs. What exactly do they tell an employer? When I was in the position of employing people it wasn't their MBA that impressed, but there enthusiasm for the job. I took unqualified folk who showed a real keenness over qualified "you owe me a job because I studied for this qualification" every time. I feel that they are a corporate con. I looked at doing one and noticed that they brought very little advantage in real terms. I don't regret not doing one even though I know that in theory they open doors. Clearly not for your driver.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Hi jerz, My husband has been out of work for a year and a half. He is a highway designer with no degree. He too is a few credits shy of a degree. He is 56 almost 57. He has tried everything he can think of. This economy is not bad enough but now they are descriminating against those who have 20 -30- years in the business because of age and no degree. It's shameful. They make the retirement age at 65 but won't let you work till then. The whole system is a joke, but we aren't laughing. Somethings got to change. Hugss leenie
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
8 Dec 08
I do believe that everybody is needed in society from the garbage collector to a university professor. Both are needed from the unskilled worker to a person who has graduated from university. So I don't agree with your statement that if an MBA cannot make it you cannot either. © ronaldinu 2008