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  • trl_

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    Nov 05, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    Hi

    My name's Thomas, I'm 22 and I graduated in June with a BA in International Studies. My focus was in International Law & Human Rights. Someday I want to be involved in the legal side of refugee work.

    I have three years' customer service and administrative experience. Although not in fields directly related to my degree, I gained skills applicable in any entry-level position.

    I had a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and a 3.5 GPA for my major. I published an undergraduate thesis in a journal on Middle Eastern peace issues and pride myself on my ability to spell properly, unlike many kids my age. I speak Arabic, have lived in the Middle East, and have coursework in everything from Middle Eastern media to Islamic philosophy. I volunteer teaching English to refugees and asylees to the US from various countries.

    .....so why can't I even get a job in my field, let alone something part-time serving food or sweeping floors?
  • dancedancekj

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    Nov 05, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    trl_ saidHi

    My name's Thomas, I'm 22 and I graduated in June with a BA in International Studies. My focus was in International Law & Human Rights. Someday I want to be involved in the legal side of refugee work.

    I have three years' customer service and administrative experience. Although not in fields directly related to my degree, I gained skills applicable in any entry-level position.

    I had a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and a 3.5 GPA for my major. I published an undergraduate thesis in a journal on Middle Eastern peace issues and pride myself on my ability to spell properly, unlike many kids my age. I speak Arabic, have lived in the Middle East, and have coursework in everything from Middle Eastern media to Islamic philosophy. I volunteer teaching English to refugees and asylees to the US from various countries.

    .....so why can't I even get a job in my field, let alone something part-time serving food or sweeping floors?


    1) You're probably out of luck with work in your field, since all the old people are holding onto their jobs and money for dear fucking life. Our generation is being screwed because they're lapping up the resources while we starve.

    2) You're overqualified for the entry level jobs. Which is ridiculous... as if anyone could be overqualified for anything.
  • trl_

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    Nov 05, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said

    Look in Washington DC - you're not going to find much demand for International Law or Human Rights in Denver.


    This is true, and I have realized this. But I don't have the funds to relocate and I'm independent from my parents so I don't really have that option right now unfortunately.
  • trl_

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    Nov 05, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    jpBITCHva said
    I second this.
    Also, as a speaker of Arabic, have you thought about the army or the FBI or CIA?


    I applied to the CIA a year ago and haven't heard anything. I was looking into doing something with the Army, but I contacted recruiters for linguist positions and they said all slots that were open for Arabic speakers are full and they don't need any currently...

    ...turned away by the Army...can you believe it? lol icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 06, 2011 12:54 AM GMT
    whered u go to school?
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    yeah dude, like that one dude said, u should look to Washington DC

    The US Department of State to be exact. They have all kind of "ambassador" type jobs and the like on their website, tho u will have to pass security clearance.

    I took the test to work for the department of state in US Homeland Security and passed the test, however I never ended up not following through with the application process.

    U can get a job issuing visas, for for embassies, ambassador to the middle east, etc.

    If u do manage to secure a job for the US government (at least for the Department of State) u will have job security for life barring any flagrant disregard to common laws and rules. It even says so on their website.

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    Nov 06, 2011 1:04 AM GMT
    You do read the papers, right?
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    1 were still in a shit economy... I was also unemployed for 2 years trying to find a job in my field
    2 you can't even find a shitty part-time job because you're probably over-qualified for it. I remember applying for part-time retail work when I was unemployed and was rejected from each one of them because I have a college degree and several years of professional experience. I only work now in a professional field because my friend helped me get a job there.
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
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    southbeach1500 said
    trl_ saidHi

    My name's Thomas, I'm 22 and I graduated in June with a BA in International Studies. My focus was in International Law & Human Rights. Someday I want to be involved in the legal side of refugee work.

    I have three years' customer service and administrative experience. Although not in fields directly related to my degree, I gained skills applicable in any entry-level position.

    I had a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and a 3.5 GPA for my major. I published an undergraduate thesis in a journal on Middle Eastern peace issues and pride myself on my ability to spell properly, unlike many kids my age. I speak Arabic, have lived in the Middle East, and have coursework in everything from Middle Eastern media to Islamic philosophy. I volunteer teaching English to refugees and asylees to the US from various countries.

    .....so why can't I even get a job in my field, let alone something part-time serving food or sweeping floors?




    Look in Washington DC - you're not going to find much demand for International Law or Human Rights in Denver.



    yeah, listen to that guy... washington dc now has i think the highest percentage living below poverty since the economic fiasco, out of the entire country at around 10-13%; yeah, that's exactly where u should go! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Of course, who gives a shit what a hidden profile has to say.
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    Well this won't come as much of a shock but you happen to be graduating during one of the worst economies in the last 80 years. I have the utmost of sympathy for the generation, like you, who is graduating from college right now.

    Under normal circumstances it's really not that hard to find a job if you're educated, detail oriented, and have skills like you do.

    I graduated college in the mid-90s during the internet boom. I remember talking to friends who were getting multiple job offers making $50,000 or more straight out of college.

    But try not to be discouraged. Things like this tend to be cyclical and hopefully we're coming to the end of it pretty soon.

    P.S. If you happened to live in Nashville I'd hire you. You seem like a smart guy with a lot of potential. Keep your chin up. icon_wink.gif
  • Karnage

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    Nov 06, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    trl_ said
    southbeach1500 said

    Look in Washington DC - you're not going to find much demand for International Law or Human Rights in Denver.


    This is true, and I have realized this. But I don't have the funds to relocate and I'm independent from my parents so I don't really have that option right now unfortunately.


    Do all of your applications online, and don't relocate until a company will pay for you. That's how I got my DC job, though granted I'm also an engineer.
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    Nov 06, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    trl_ saidHi

    My name's Thomas, I'm 22 and I graduated in June with a BA in International Studies. My focus was in International Law & Human Rights. Someday I want to be involved in the legal side of refugee work.

    I have three years' customer service and administrative experience. Although not in fields directly related to my degree, I gained skills applicable in any entry-level position.

    I had a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and a 3.5 GPA for my major. I published an undergraduate thesis in a journal on Middle Eastern peace issues and pride myself on my ability to spell properly, unlike many kids my age. I speak Arabic, have lived in the Middle East, and have coursework in everything from Middle Eastern media to Islamic philosophy. I volunteer teaching English to refugees and asylees to the US from various countries.

    .....so why can't I even get a job in my field, let alone something part-time serving food or sweeping floors?


    I have been in your shoes. It took me more than 1 and a half year after graduating from my Post graduate program to find a work in my field. I had all kinds of jobs until I reached a position for career such as telemarketer, debt collector, cutting fruits at a breakfast and lunch diner. I would say keep applying all the time, you will hit somewhere. Also, volunteer at local organizations. You have studied Human Rights, I am sure a lot of not for profit organization would be willing to have your help. I know it is tough to work without pay but the long term benefits are good. It will compliment your education and help build your resume which would further make you more marketable for the jobs

    Also, in the meanwhile look for jobs, any jobs. For retail and restaurant jobs it is always better to walk in and ask for the manager. You might have sent your resume online through a job advertisement or have handed to the front line staff (who usually don't forward it to the concerned authority most of the time).
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    Nov 06, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    since you've already worked in the middle east, and you speak Arabic, have you applied for positions over there? maybe w/ the oil companies or other multi-nationals who do business in Arabic speaking countries?
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    Dec 10, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    dancedancekj said

    1) You're probably out of luck with work in your field, since all the old people are holding onto their jobs and money for dear fucking life. Our generation is being screwed because they're lapping up the resources while we starve.


    There was just an article in the NY Times that there is FINALLY a big wave of retirements in the public sector.

    Unfortunately most of those jobs will be cut instead of filled.

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    And yeah, I know of at least three 65+ year olds who decided to keep working another 4-5 years because their retirement accounts aren't fat enough.

    With no forethought about how that affects the next generation(s).
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    Dec 10, 2011 5:28 PM GMT
    CHIdude said1 were still in a shit economy... I was also unemployed for 2 years trying to find a job in my field
    2 you can't even find a shitty part-time job because you're probably over-qualified for it. I remember applying for part-time retail work when I was unemployed and was rejected from each one of them because I have a college degree and several years of professional experience. I only work now in a professional field because my friend helped me get a job there.


    When you fill out retail apps, leave most of the details out.

    As far as they need to know, you took some college classes and worked a summer job or two. That's all they need to know. You'll get hired retail for your personality and your willingness to give good customer service and to follow the rules.