Graduate vs Employment

Trying to survive the job market…

Annotated Bibliography

Bronner, Ethan. “Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut.” New York Times. Web. 30 Jan. 2013

Discusses why law schools are seeing a significant drop in applicants and enrollment due to the job market. William D. Henderson states that “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.”

Scott, Michael. “Students are facing debt and unemployment.” The Statesmen. Web. 6 Feb. 2013

Talks about how the unemployment rate in both North America and Europe are at an all time low. UMD Career Services conducted surveys which found 59% of the surveyed graduates had a job relating to their field and 21% had a job that didn’t relate at all.

Penn, Nathaniel. “Hello, Cruel World.” New York Times. Web. 23 Mar. 2012

Gathers data on a sample of Drew University’s Class of 2011 graduates and their endeavors after graduation. Also provides short first person stories of graduates about their success or failures after graduation.

Neal, Meghan. “Half of college grads can’t find full-time work, study shows.” New York Daily News. Web. 10 May. 2013

Looks and compares the job market for those who graduated before 2008 to those who graduated after 2008. Recent studies show that 50% of grads over the past five years were unemployed or underemployed.

SEMIProductionsINC. “Les Miserables Trailer (COLLEGE PARODY).” Youtube. Youtube, 23 Dec. 2012. Web.

A Trailer created by three Boston University students that parodies the move Les Miserables. Iriving, one of the creators, states “The video is more a statement socially about how [post-college life] realistically is.”
lizhargrove99. “2011 Unemployment the final cut.” Youtube. Youtube. 27 Jan. 2011. Web.

A group of young students part of a satire unit raps about unemployment in a parody of the song “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa. They use the verses to rap about statistics regarding the economic crisis.

JustNewProductions. “Obama That I Used to Know – Gotye Parody.” Youtube. Youtube. 4 Aug. 2012. Web.

A music video that parodies the famous song “Somebody that I Used to Know.” The lyrics reference back to Obama’s speeches and promises and criticizes those promises he made.

ThisMsLyss. “Ellen, Hire Me Maybe?” Youtube. Youtube. 10 May. 2012. Web.

A video submission to the Ellen show where she sings her own version of the popular song by Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe.” The author uses references to her unemployment as she changes the lyrics to the song.

AlexanderFilms831. “50 Ways to Not be Unemployed (Music Video).” Youtube. Youtube. 20 Jan. 2013. Web.

A music video parody of Train’s song, 50 Ways to Say Goodbye. The author refers to the job market and how hard it is to become employed.


This blog was created by a recent graduate who is on a job hunt much like the rest of the nation. The author manages to take recent events and compare it to her experiences through interviews, rejections, and the job search in general. She also posts up some very relevant content similar to my topic.

Keltner, Katie.(2013, April 17). My Story: The Beginning of Unemployment. Message posted to

This blog is a diary of the author and her journey to finding a job. It gives great first person perspectives on what she goes through and how she became unemployed. Like my blog, the author is trying to document her story of unemployment, a story that is often not openly discussed.

Social Forces (University of North Carolina Press). Dec2010, Vol. 89 Issue 2, p389-415. 27p.

This article looks at the different degrees of college graduates and analyzes the inequality in occupational statuses between different majors. Fields such as education has a particulary more tight connection between the educational credential and the labor market because of the specifics in skills and training whereas the field of sociology is less tightly connected because of the general skills and less specifics involved.

Education Digest. Feb2013, Vol. 78 Issue 6, p4-10. 7p.

The article discusses the value of a degree based off of the institution and the salary after graduation. For example, graduates of the health program at Dyersburg State Community College earn, on average 52,000 in their first year where graduates in the same major at Northeast State Community College make nearly 15,000 less.

Diversity Employers. Dec2012, p11-13. 3p.
This article discusses how students who study abroad in college helps graduates land jobs faster and at a higher salary pay. According to the IES study abroad program, college graduates earned about 7,000 dollars more than those from the general population of recent graduates.

Education for Information. 2010/2011, Vol. 28 Issue 2-4, p101-113. 13p. 1 Chart.
This article looks at the growing competitiveness of the job market in China with the growing number of college graduates. Organizations have changed their views of employees drastically and now want to hire graduates of “great capacity.”

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