Well, I've been out of college a year now, and the question that has popped up is, "was it worth it?". I'm not quite sure it was unfortunately. I DO have a job, however I make $.50 less an hour than I did after high school (with alot more responsibilities and a project list that goes on forever), and let's just say the work just doesn't feel rewarding.
I've sent out resumes to companies all over, even wasting $300 on a resume specialist to help me spice my resume up. I have no problem getting interviews, but no matter how well it goes, how much I try, or even if I bring a very impressive collection of programs I have written, the end result is always the same... "We are sorry, but we have opted to go for another candidate with more experience". I had 10 interviews this past month alone... ALL OF THEM HAD THE SAME DAMN ANSWER NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRIED, OR THE FACT I DROVE 8 HOURS FOR ONE OF THE INTERVIEWS!!!! >:(
My bills just seem to be getting higher and higher, the creditors are screaming for my blood over my student loans, and, well, my bank account is always either very low or in negative numbers.
I guess I'm just frustrated beyond belief. We went to college because we were shown all these charts that showed us that the average college grad makes this or that, or we go to college because we dream of having a nice sized house some day (not a mansion or anything, just a nice house). And most importantly, we often decided to go to college just because of the notion of improving ourselves. Unfortunately, the only end result I've gotten from college so far is that I have a huge debt amassed and employers act like I'm some uneducated oaf that doesn't even have a GED. (BTW, I don't walk into interviews with this type of attitude, I'm just blowing off steam).
I AM SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPLE TELLING ME ABOUT THE MARKET BEING IN A "SLUMP" OR THAT EMPLOYERS ARE VERY PICKY ABOUT WHO THEY HIRE. HOW CAN I GET EXPERIENCE IF EMPLOYERS REFUSE TO HIRE ME BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT I HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE!? I WASTED 5 YEARS OF MY LIFE IN COLLEGE STUDYING MY *** OFF, AND IT WAS NOT TO BE TOLD THAT I AM A DUMBASS (which is what they are essentially saying in more polite terms).
I guess what I'm getting to is, any advice for college grads (and no do not even SUGGEST doing work on rent-a-coder type sites... those projects are too little and not something that would help advance my career) having trouble in the job market? I'm not expecting to make millions or something, I just wish that my friend from back home who stayed at the same factory I worked at before college couldn't brag that he makes more than I do, or I wish I wasn't still driving my 95 Tercel from highschool.
So what exactly is the reward from going to a 4 year university supposed to be?