Unemployable College Graduate

I am unemployable. I graduated with a degree in communications but couldn't find a suitable job in that field so I went off to work as a claims processor. I was fired after two weeks. Next I worked as a person Friday for six months and was forced to quit so I wouldn't get fired. After that I got a job in a one-person office and after seven days I was fired. I got a job as a secretary-receptionist and after three weeks I became aware they were hiring for my replacement so I walked out of that office. I moved to another state. Then I went to a jewelry store and became and invoice clerk. That job lasted six weeks. next I went to a Jewish Temple and after two weeks was told it was not working out. Then I worked the temp services for from 1978 to 1981. I moved to a another state and did temp work for three months and then had a permanent job for two months and was let go so I did temp work another six weeks and then moved back to my former state. I continued doing temp work from 1981 to 1984. I worked a gig at the company who originally fired me. This time they hired me and I stayed for five years. I had problems making the production requirements and volunteered for layoff. Then I did temp work for six months and got a job as a word processor at a architecture firm and after six weeks got fired and went back and did temp work for nine months and got a job in an office for 11 years. That company was bought out by another company and after three years I was "laid off." I moved back to the first state where I had been a claims processor and worked a year as a temp in a temp to hire place and finally got hired. I am a data entry clerk. I don't do a good job. I don't know how long I can keep that job. I don't feel extremely comfortable there right now. The person sitting next to me got fired for seemingly no reason.

I have a degree in communications. I used it once moonlighting as a DJ. I had hoped to work into management but I can't stay anywhere long enought to do that. I went back to school and became a word processing operator because I was told they were in demand but now word processing operators are not hired anymore. I have approximately two years of college beyond my BA degree where I studied construction drafting, medical transcription and computers. Still I do not have skill that are needed today. I am not a good worker. I am on time and I have excellent attendance. I am not a fast worker and I am not accurate, especially when trying to meet production requirements. I work very hard. I am an extreme right brained person trying to make it in a left brain world. I am not detail-oriented which most jobs require. I am a big-picture person. It takes me time to break down the big picture. The employment tests I've taken suggest careers as a writer, artist, dancer, singer, actress--stuff like that which is not practical. I'm also in my 50s. I don't want to go back to school because I don't want to be paying loans from my social security. I am saving and trying to hang on until I'm 62. I don't know if anyone would want me working until I'm 65 or 70.

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3 Responses Apr 28, 2009

****, me too. A communications degree and though I did intern at a radio station and worked at MTV networks for 2.5 years, nothing more. However, I had to keep working to pay my bills. I am now 40 and my job history is all over the place. I have been out of work for three years and my wife is growing impatient with me. It is not that I don't want to work. I have been jobless for three years because I was a stay at home dad for a year, then I had two shoulder surgeries in one year, and then I went back to school for a program that did not work out. I do not even know what I am interested in anymore. Actually, that is a lie. I have so many wild ideas in my head for a film, tv shorts, etc. But I have a family and unless someone "discovers" me by accident, not happening. I need a practical job so I can contribute along with my wife. But again, I don't know what to do, or how to put together a new resume that would be littered with all kinds of jobs.

Hi. I so feel for you. I am going through the same thing. I am a complete right brainer in a left brain world. I have trouble focusing, remembering, etc. I have no business sense at all. God knows I've tried all my life. I write, I read, I'm into art..nothing practical. I have no solutions for you. Just wanted you to know that there are others out there like you. Too bad we don't have a support group. Good luck.