I got my Bachelors degree in science in 2010 with the aspirations of becoming an environmental journalist.
I moved back home in 2011 and was unemployed for 5 months. My first job after graduating was at a dog kennel, quite literally picking up crap for a living. That was a pretty low moment for me…
Although this guy, known as Jedi Knight (how perfect is that?) was painfully adorable.
After nine months of not finding any jobs in the science field, and only freelance work in the journalism area, I quit the crap kennel job and took my life south, to the Sunshine State. It wasn’t a decision that I spent too much time on. A close friend and his boyfriend were moving into a larger place and they offered me their spare room. I said, “yep, what a concept,” packed up my room, packed up my car, Samwise the Brave, and finally left my beloved New York on a late snowy night in January.
I arrived in Florida in about two weeks, taking my time making my way down the coast, visiting family and friends. A wonderful idea for folks who drive thousands of miles on their own 😀
Now that I’ve been in central Florida for over two years, I’ve learned several things about my career situation. About three weeks after moving, I got a job at Universal Orlando, working in the most popular area of the theme park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
A year later, I left my robes and wand behind and took up the fight against the Decepticons with Nest and the Autobots.
And a year after that, I received a promotion and made my way to Citywalk. In the 2+ years that I’ve been with Universal, I’ve worked with hundreds of young people. Yes, hundreds. And yes, many of them are either in college or graduated. For the ones in school, many are studying hospitality, which makes sense, considering Orlando is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
Then there are the ones like myself. Degrees in science, law, business, marketing, education, psychology, art, English. And unable to find jobs in their fields. We work the 9-5 beat, making ends meet, but not able to save. We’re willing to work for our dreams, but aren’t finding the opportunities. Either we are over-qualified, out of school too long or the positions aren’t there. Some of us tried the public sector and others the private sector. I was betting on a government job, but that wasn’t going anywhere fast.
I tried going to Graduate School, but its just financially infeasible. I’ve been out of school for four years now, and my credentials in science are slipping. I now have more experience in merchandise and revenue operations than I do in the field I studied in. And it’s pretty disheartening to see that there are others in the same sinking boat.
So my only outlet, my single attempt to build my career over is through this blog. I never finished my minor in journalism, as I planned on getting a masters in science and writing on the side. As I work on my third year in Florida, I’ve decided that it’s time I take a step out of this career snag, and make my dream happen with whatever tools I can gather.
I’ll take a more in-depth look into this topic throughout my time on this blog, as this is an on-going issue for many of my peers with various backgrounds. I want their stories to be heard, if they wish to share them with me.