I have been out of school now for a year. I got my BSN in nursing and was lucky to get a job pretty much right after I passed my licensing exam. It wasn't my dream job (as most of you know) but I stuck with it because it paid the bills and was good experience for me. The funny thing is, when I was in school all of my professors, all of my family and friends, practically everyone I met who knew I was a nursing major told me, "oh you are going to find a job no problem...nursing shortage blah blah and so on." But as we all know, right now jobs are hard to come by, and if it's difficult to get a job even in the health care sector, what does that say for the rest of the college graduates out there?
Well...this pretty much sums it up.
According to MSNBC, only about 1/5 (that's 20%) of college graduates this year have offers for jobs; that's 20 out of every 100 students. People have been applying since May, have gone to interview after interview with no luck. Through friends I know several nursing graduates who are sitting on their hands because no one will hire them. I also know several people who went to very good schools and got great degrees (were talking marketable skills, Education, even Engineering!) who won't even get a call back from anyone. It makes me very thankful that I have a decent paying job and my husband won't get a pink slip anytime soon (if we start firing people in the military, then we know the country is going to hell in a hand-basket)
What are your thoughts? How is the job shortage affecting you?