In today’s economy, there is no easy way out. It is as if soon to be graduates are just thrown into the wild to fend for themselves in this tough job market. It really is survival of the fittest (or luckiest). Back in the day the college degree was a one way ticket to a better life and ensured employment. However, there is a quick decline in the applications for higher education. William D. Henderson states, “Thirty years ago if you were looking to get on the escalator to upward mobility, you went to business or law school. Today, the law school escalator is broken.” With the job economy, there seems to be no security with any degree. The degree now can be seen as more of a burden with debt than a catalyst to success.
The low employment rates have lead to unfortunate results. The accumulated debt after graduating from a university or college pressures recent graduates to look to plan B. Many unemployed graduates, not just in the United States, but all over the world are forced to face reality and settle for a job in an unrelated field. In a recent a study of last years graduates proved that there has been a huge divide for those who graduated before 2008 and those who graduated after. Almost half of the graduates from 2008-2012 are either unemployed or underemployed.
So how do people of this generation cope and deal with the worst job market since the Great Depression and the crushing student debt? Many unemployed graduates have openly shared to the world about their postgraduate experiences. By sharing stories on an open forum, it makes one feel less alone when entering the cruel world. There are even those who have harnessed their unfortunate situation and channeling it towards something more positive.
Many young graduates are now poking fun at the job market by doing parodies. After all, laughter is the best medicine right? A group of students from Boston University took the recent movie trailer of Les Miserable and spun it into their own college related version.
I welcome you all to come join me as I take my own approach in developing a parody of popular survival shows such as Survivorman by Les Stroud and Man Vs Wild by Bear Grylls. On my adventures, you will witness me trying to utilize what I have at my disposal while trying to make it out of this job market alive. I have only about a month left before graduation takes place. Will I come out alive with employment or will I not be able to handle the harsh environments of the real world?