College Graduates – Get A Job and Quit Complaining

A friend of mine had a job opening. The starting pay was $12.00 an hour with the possibility of advancement. He offered the job to a college graduate who thought about it and replied, “I can make $11.00 sitting at home and get food stamps on top of it.”

Is this why so many college graduates are unemployed?  Are they simply unwilling to put in the time and effort that is sometimes required to get the job they are looking for?  Do they not realize that few people start at the top?

When one of my kids graduated from college, she parked cars at a local hospital for families who were visiting patients.  After that she worked at FAO Schwarz for the holiday season.  Then she got a job through a temp agency for a three week stint with a large company.  They were impressed with her and hired her full time.  From there she went on to become a high-level manager for a large corporation.

I am concerned about these recent college graduates.  As a private college counselor, I help students find a list of potential colleges and assist with the college admission process.Although I try to prepare them for their college experience and how to make it a successful one, it seems that too many college graduates simply don’t have the motivation or interest to get a job if it isn’t the “perfect job.”

Most of us who have gone through this process realize that you need to start somewhere.Why is this group of college graduates finding it so difficult to accept that concept?  There are lessons to be learned in any job and one never knows what opportunities may exist if you aren’t willing to give it a try.

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