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.