Post Undergrad Sob Story, any advice?

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  1. ethanm

    ethanm Senior member

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    I'm fundamentally opposed to the program. It's like putting a Band-aid on a broken bone.

    For those wondering about school I went to WVU because I slacked off in high school. Graduated with a 3.5.
     


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    Teger Senior member

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    WVU has an absolutely massive alumni network and has excellent name recognition in WV, VA, MD and DC. Why aren't you using these resources? A 3.5 isn't anything to be ashamed of.

    Edit: I don't know why I'm doing this work for you, because you're coming off as kind of dickish, but...

    http://alumni.wvu.edu/groups/chapters

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    I'm not helping because your team beat my Longhorns.
     


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    ^No worries, my friend. I'm a New York Giants fan, which probably precludes me as well! I didn't go to the 2007 WVU Pitt game that would have landed WVU in the championship game because it was raining.

    I never reached out to an alumni organization because I never fit in at WVU so I figure I wouldn't fit in with WVU away from WVU. Like I said, I'm a little reclusive.
     
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    Being reclusive is going to keep you from getting a job. Networking is the number one way to get a job. Start doing it now.
     


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    Seriously at every step in this thread you've basically said you're unwilling to do what anyone is suggesting. You don't want to reach out to alumni, you don't want to work outside a specific field that you think you'd like, etc.

    Have you looked up certificate/graduate programs for publishing?

    Have you looked up local publishing firms which you might be able to intern at?

    Have you contacted your local University's academic press?

    http://press.princeton.edu/
    Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 USA

    Here's their entire staff list. Are you calling these people?

    People always talk about how a liberal arts degree is so useless, but to me it's not the degree, it's the sense of entitlement and laziness...
     


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    This thread is pissing me off. I'm tempted to pick up the phone and get you a fucking internship for you.
     
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    Teger, OP didn't go to Princeton he went to WVU. Now go back and find him resources there.
     


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    This guy got some solid advice already. It's up to him to follow it now.
     


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    a lot of people i know did their undergrand, went to officer candidates school following graduation, and then straight to business school, and now have jobs at top consulting firms and banks.

    the way i see it, you hit a home run by doing the army thing, but for some reason you're sitting on 2nd base watching the others scramble instead of running home.

    go to grad school, or look at government jobs, FBI/CIA clandestine service/etc. there's so much to be had unless you went to a no-name school and got shitty grades.
     


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    All I've done is explain why I haven't done certain things. The only thing I explicitly rejected was Teach For America. You need to calm down.
     
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    he has the right to be annoyed. you asked for help, he went out of his way to help you. Then you ignore all his advice and everyone else's on how to actually get a job with an endless list of excuses.

    Here are the facts:
    the economy is not great. The job market is certainly better than 3 years ago, but not to the point where you can be very picky esp when you have little job experience and a fresh grad. you have no leverage.

    You will need to talk to people in your job. Even in publishing you are not going to be in a room reading all day.

    It's Oct 12. The hiring process takes roughly 2 weeks-1 month+, Once the 3rd or 4th week of Nov whenever Thanksgiving is hiring will pretty much come to a sharp slow down. unless you want to be working retail for Xmas. But everyone starts taking vacation etc. Could be 2-3 week of Jan by the time they get back to work mode and out of holidays.

    That means you'll be adding another 3 months of unemployment to your resume. So then future employers will think why is this kid unemployed so long? People will overlook you because no one wants to hire someone that no one else will. Also when you finally get a job you are going to be lowballed and then forced to accept it because you have no leverage to negotiate with.
     


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    You have no idea what advice I have taken and what I haven't.

    Here's a list
    -rewrote my cover letter and bounced it off my brother a few times.
    -rewrote my resume
    -started looking into short master's programs for publishing etc
    -expanded my job search to administrative assistant/temp type jobs

    If I don't seem in a huge hurry it's because I have a decent amount of money left over from my deployment and no debt.
     


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