By mr1234 - 05/03/2014 21:37 - United States - North Weymouth
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Thanks for the support and encouragement everyone, it's nice to know that I wasn't totally degraded for something that's been extremely frustrating. I'm very lucky the currently have a full time job (A supervisory position, at 24, as a woman!). And for those wondering, my field is business administration. i have a Bachelor's degree and plenty of legitimate work experience, just not experience that is directly related to what they want. so *whoosh* in the trash goes my resume!
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Jobs these days expect more than they say they do so... Like the saying goes "no job no experience, no experience no job". Good luck op
I was going to say internship, it's where you get your 2-5 years experience. Most people will have their internships done while in school still so its easier for them when they have their degree and looking for work. A company will look for entry level positions, and only want to hire those who did the time with interning. Hence the experience required.
It really depends what field you're in. In publishing, I only found one paid internship while I was in school, in NYC, for $7.25 and hour. Everything else was unpaid. Since I got no familial support, my options were to put myself even further into debt so I could give an internship 2-3 eight hour days a week (no weekends!), or not do an internship and work 20 hours a week to pay for school and my apartment. Sometimes doing an internship just isn't a possibility, which is why it's really frustrating when there doesn't seem to be a way into your field outside of an internship.
Best thing to do, most places require some experience like an internship beforehand. This is required for a lot of places now, they want someone that isn't fresh and just getting used to working for a corporation. I had this problem when I used to do work in web design and animation. Some work experience is a must.
Jesus. That's ridiculous. Just start your own business and show em'.
No, you do not understand OP. The meaning of "entry level" has changed. It means "we pay you peanuts because you got no choice" nowadays.
My company's job site does this all the time. It says in the job description "This is an entry level position," and then in the job requirements it'll say "Atleast 1 year experience." Makes no sense.
When I was at university and looking for jobs in the field I was studying the situation was such: companies wouldn't hire you because you are a student, these same companies also wouldn't hire you for jobs they list as "perfect for graduated" or even as "seeking recent graduate for <role>" because you lacked commercial experience when you finally graduate. Many of them had requirements like 2-3 years commercial experience or certifications suited for a senior position (10+ years experience). There was no winning. 10 years later and I still see the same rubbish; no one wants to train people anymore - this forces people to either lie or bend the truth to get a job.
Graduating without any experience in your field is the same as nothing at all these days. Loyalty pays more than schooling and companies would rather promote and train from within than take a chance on a grad who had never worked a day in their life. For example, my payroll manager was my janitor ten years ago. Paid for her night classes and got a loyal employee in senior management.