The fact that I just earned my college degree, an Associate degree in Business Management, gives me the confidence to do what I need to do in order to compete in this job market. With just a high school diploma, I feel like I’ve always been forced to accept jobs that seem to pay a lot less than they used to? I’m not an economist, but I can tell when something just isn’t adding up. I was working longer hours for less money. Something had to give. I actually landed my first “good job” before I even graduated. No one would call me rich, but I feel comfortable with the fact that I can support myself and my family no matter what happens with my current employer (knock on wood). Even if this job didn’t work out for whatever reason, I know I’ve got marketable skills that will land me on my feet somewhere.
I don’t mean to sound like I’m preaching to anyone, but based on the little bit I’ve seen of the good life since graduating, I can tell you that the only way to get ahead and stay ahead is through hard work and education. Don’t wait around for the economy to rebound. No one realistically even knows how long this recession is going to last. And what if the economy does improve? Will it really make a big difference in your life? The job market is still going to be more competitive than ever. I encourage you to take control of your own situation and future. Otherwise, you’re just going to be waiting around for an opportunity to appear out of the blue. The chances of that happening are honestly not that good, but that doesn’t make me worry anymore. I’d rather make that opportunity happen for myself. I hope I can inspire a few of my fellow students out there with this message. I hope to meet some of you at the graduation ceremony!
Ashworth College Graduate