In reality this equation might be more complex than that. In the season when hundreds of newly graduated college students enter the ocean of the real world, many may simply end up being that “plenty of fish in the sea.”
As I found out, finding a job right away with the bachelor’s degree is not much easier than it was four years ago. Even with a competitive profile on LinkedIn or a well-developed personal blog (which Forbes magazine labels as two milestones that virtually project great success, eternal happiness, etc.) one still has to battle other qualified candidates.
Another key to success seems to be connections. Good ones might play to the advantage of securing a job, but the lack thereof can really leave you behind. And to finally tip off the iceberg of my rant is, ta-da: necessary experience. This resonates with one of the recent College Humor’s YouTube video’s message: You need experience to land a job, but you cannot get it without a relevant job, which in turn you cannot get because it requires experience. For some people this can result in an infinite loop of “sticky floor” effect and being forever trapped in restaurant jobs.
So, will thousands of dollars and loans invested in future careers pay off? Let’s hope so.