Happy Mom with news & a thought

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Happy Mom with news & a thought
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Mon, 06-03-2013 - 3:04pm

Happy to catch up with all your posts esp. those I've "chatted" with for years!  Anyway, I'm taking advantage while I'm still logged in.  Had trouble recently to log in.  Anyway, our son, James, had been working for an insurance company in Boston since he graduated college in 2010.  Unhappy lately, he just got hired by a major multimedia company in southern Conn. & is going to Philadelphia for training 1st.  I'm hoping he finds a place to live that's safe, affordable & meets his needs.  At least he'll be closer to me now.  I can take the commuter train & be there in 30 min.  As long as this is a college board, I was wondering - given the unemployment statistics & the difficulty for people finding employment, how is it that my son managed to have 2 job offers in Feb. 2010 at the height of the big recession & 3 months before graduation.  Also this time around, he had 3 job offers & able to choose which one to take.  So is it because he graduated from a top tier school + the career center at his university helped him through every step?  I'm posing this question because given that the mid Atlantic & New England area is very populated, there aren't enough jobs to accomodate everyone.  So employers can be picky choosers & can set standards which candidates must meet.  Could one of those "qualifications or standards" be that the prospective candidate be a graduate from a highly selective university?  Doesn't have to be Ivy League but a very selective college.  Since I worked in retail for many years, we've had employees that graduated from college but were unable to find employment in their field.  However, none of them graduated from selective colleges.  Eventually they moved on but continued working for small companies.  I was also thinking about major or degree choice.  My son's degree is in economics/finance.  Nothing special.  I'm sure there's plenty of college grads with degrees in economics & finance.  But still, how he had 3 job offers this time while the unemployment rate for the U.S. is still at 7.6% 

As for me, I've been studying to get my real estate license.  My 1st exam is June 10 & the New York State exam is June 17th.  Unfortunately, I was laid off from Staples where I had been working the last 13 years.  This was a corporate decision affecting all 1,800 stores across the U.S.  Briefly, Staples is losing money & needs to appease their stockholders.  So instead of closing X number of stores, they laid off all the full time associates to save $$$ on salary, benefits, vacation pay, etc.  So I'm taking my strong marketing & selling skills that I learned from Staples & transferring them to real estate.  Wish me luck on the exams.  I feel like the 16 or 17 yr. old teenager taking their 1st road test & eager to pass on the 1st time out so they can brag to their friends with a new license in hand.

 

Kathy

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Fri, 06-07-2013 - 2:53pm

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Registered: 01-23-2003
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 2:51pm

Oh, oh!  I got the dreaded not authorized message just now.  But anyway...

I'm glad your son is fortunate and has job propects.  I wish I knew what the secret is to getting a good job.  I don't think it's just the selective school thing, although I'm sure that helps.  When I was in the job market, as recent as about 4 years ago, I never had a problem getting jobs.  I didn't graduate from a selective school.  Sometimes I interview well and sometimes I come out wondering, "what was I thinking when I said that?"  Employers are finicky and what they are looking for one month may not be what they're looking for the next.

Maybe the fact that your son used the career center helped.  Some kids don't.  My daughter's school begs the kids to become familiar with them in their freshman year, as they have activities and workshops.  Maybe his grades and/or activities contributed.  A lot of kids plow right through college with their noses to the books.  Or maybe not so much in the books, LOL!  The same involvement in activities well-roundedness that they had in high school to look attractive to colleges, they put that behind them and do nothing, not really thinking that employers are looking at that too, with new college grads.  Some kids graduate college but barely, and that's at selective schools, too.  Doesn't look too good to a prospective employer, but they may shine at the interview.  But some kids who don't finish college also do well.  It depends on so much.

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Mon, 06-03-2013 - 7:23pm

First, good luck with your exams--I think that's a horrible corporate decision--I guess they aren't at all concerned about all those people who needed a full time job & benefits to live on.

It's hard to tell about why some people get job offers and some don't--I'm sure it's helpful if someone graduates from a well known respected college with a good GPA--but if he got job offers after interviews, maybe his personality/interview skills also were better than other people's.  I assume that he didn't get the offers due to networking but that usually helps.  For the 3 job offers now, I assume that he got good recommendations from his present job which would be helpful to get another job?  Now everybody says that teenagers can't get jobs, yet my son got hired to the 1st job he applied to when he was 16 (in retail).  I think it helped that he applied the day he turned 16 and when he went in to talk to the manager, he said that was because that was the only place he wanted to work and he bought all his clothes there.  Now he's been there for 1 1/2 yrs and he's trying to get another job and is having trouble--you would think it would be easier since he's older and has worked in one place consistently for all this time, so he has showed responsibility, so who knows why?  He has gotten a couple of interviews but they haven't hired him (at least not yet) and I'm sure it's not his personality since he knows what to say in an interview--oh and this is a kid who is at the top of his high school class also.