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    Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)

    Quote Originally Posted by bthomasiscool View Post
    Just looking to vent for a second and get any type of feedback/advice.

    I am two years removed from graduating college with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Currently living in good ol' Lexington, Kentucky

    First Job out of college: Dillard's, Sales Associate/Management Intern for Men's department. Lasted 4 months, not worth working 6 days a week @10.00 an hour. (No time with wife at all/Retail jobs not for me).

    2nd job out of college: I worked for a start-up chain called the K.I.S. Country Club and Golf Academy. The job was straight commission, very challenging trying to convince families to sign up for a 5,500-11,500 membership for a "lifetime" of golf INDOORS. While certain aspects of the membership were a good idea it turns out the job was a giant Ponzi Scheme, recently the place filed for bankruptcy, the FBI is involved, and now thousands of members including my wife and I through out the U.S are let with an average of 6,000 debt for a out of business/bankrupt country club.

    Currently: I am currently working as a "telesales representative/account manager" for a security product distributor. The job started out okay. While the base pay was not good (12.50) an hour, I was able to make solid commissions every month in order to make ends meet. Just like many others the economy is greatly affecting my territory and the numbers are way down. As of January 1st the company cut the old commission plan and implemented a new "bonus" program (close to impossible to make anything). So now I'm pretty much working for a base of 12.50 an hour in a job where my degree doesn't make a difference, and advancement is really ever a possibility. The past few months, commissions have not been paid on time and have been nickel and dimed to death. Now the bonuses are not guaranteed and there is no longer a specific pay schedule listed (no clue when we'll get paid them).

    I'm currently waiting to here back from a large medical company to work as a endoscopy specialist at a local hospital. It seems like an awesome (but high stress job), with a lot of potential for advancement. It's currently my only hope of getting out of this disaster job.

    I've gotten a lot of "you have to start at the bottom and work your way up lines", which I have no problem with. In my previous three jobs that is what I've tried. Unsuccessfully. I don't think it is unfair trying to find a job that pays a college graduate 30,000k a year? Correct me if I'm wrong.

    I'm currently in a monster career rut with no guidance, and no path in life. I really just want to find a satisfying job that I can somewhat enjoy. Is there any hope out there?

    Let's Vent!!!
    I'm in much the same boat you are. I've had difficulties since graduating from college with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Keep plowing ahead though, and keep fighting. I've recently decided to go back to school to pursue a teaching degree. I've been substituting lately, and I really enjoy it, and I'm excited about this new opportunity.

    Don't let the stress of the situation overbear you. It's tough times for many right now. If you keep fighting and working hard, at some point you will get your break, whether it be a month, a year, or five years from now.

    Good luck

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    Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)

    I graduate in May with a BS. I'm really worried about getting a solid job after school. I've already started applying, but no luck so far.

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    Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)

    Also, get a friend who's a whiz at drafting a quality letter/resume to look at your material and help you write a thorough and polished CV. Most HR people *do* read for facility with language and writing skills.

    Don't just write an error-free document, write a letter that demonstrates you're a person with ideas who has the ability to convey those ideas.

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    Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamSelig View Post
    I graduate in May with a BS. I'm really worried about getting a solid job after school. I've already started applying, but no luck so far.
    Don't get discouraged right away, it takes some time. Just keep plugging away. If they see you're hard working and willing to bust your tail on a daily basis, you're more likely to get an opportunity than someone that thinks they should have the job handed to them on a silver platter.

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    Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)

    If you need a little extra money, your minor league baseball team will be seeking seasonal employees pretty soon. They'll probably interview in Feb. You won't make a lot, but it's not bad for a "second job" without a long term committment.
    Last edited by SandyD; 01-21-2009 at 04:12 AM.

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    Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)

    Quote Originally Posted by bthomasiscool View Post
    I think sales is something I enjoy doing, definitely not inside sales though. I've always wanted to get into the medical field (wish I would have gotten a nursing degree to be honest), so I'm hoping this other job opportunity works out.

    Sales is all I know though. It's what my dad has done his whole life, as well as myself (I also held a part-time sales job while going to school). So I really haven't ever given anything else a chance. (except Mcdonalds when I was 15).

    My one true passion is sports. Football, Baseball, Basketball, and golf.
    Have you thought about going back and getting a nursing degree? My wife is currently in a nursing program at a local school here and she will have her RN in 2.5 years. While these programs can be tough to get in (my wife's school only took 40 people out of 420 applicants) the fact that you already have a degree should give you a leg up on most of the field.

    Don't settle, man. Go for what you want. People laughed at me when I got out of school and decided to be a professional poker player. Well, it's been three years and that was easily the best decision in my professional life.

    Good luck, bro.
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    Re: Failure to be successful...(my career vent)

    Ever thought about casino management? Having a degree almost always results in a six figure income. I find it interesting work, having met more stars and politicians and unbelievable characters that would fill up this thread.


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