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Monday, June 20, 2011

Graduation time again

It’s that time of year again, graduations. I’ve been to a few. More on the way. Because I’m the way I am, I can’t but help look at all the newly minted graduates and wonder how many have jobs.

I’m proud to report my 28 year old daughter went back to college, got her degree and has a full time job in her field. She might be an exception. It’s looking bleak out there for a lot of people.

An old college buddy caught up with me recently. He has 3 college degrees. After 6 months unemployment all he could find was part time work as a construction flagman. One of my friends went back to college and got his science teacher degree. It’s been a year and he’s still only working as a teacher’s aid, with no benefits. My engineer friend has been out of work for over a year. Some people who couldn’t find work went back to college. One guy I know says he seems even more unemployable and now has big student debt to pay off too. Currently, his only income is from paying his guitar and singing in bars.

There are some of my friends still working full time -more than full time. They are working 2 and 3 jobs trying to make ends meet.

How much worse does it need to get before Americans protest in the streets like the rest of the world?

Interesting times, my friends, interesting times.



  1. Yup, here I am with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and I'm working as the head of maintenance at a hotel.
    Although I gotta say, it's not all bad.
    Number one, I got a job !
    #2, Stress level is way down in my life.
    #3, Being underemployed has its perks, they are very thankful to have me.

    I feel for those that are not blessed as I

  2. Sometimes the "school of hard knocks" is the best one to attend. Nothing beats experience, if you are smart enough to learn from it.

  3. I'm just glad that I retired when I did. I would hate to be looking for a job in this market.

  4. Time to break out the "Grecian Formula"...

  5. I'm too busy working two jobs to protest in the street.

  6. Yes para, and that's what's keep you out of trouble. No time to go down to the pub and talk a little treason.

  7. Nobody talks about the plight of the over-employed.