This recession has hit recent grads hard.
Case-in-point: Scott Nicholson, 24, is crashing at his parents’ place and searching for a job with little success. And yet, he turned down a $40,000 job offer in his field of interest because it wasn’t a management-training, career-track position.
Is this guy:
- Smart to hold out?
- Off his rocker to pass up a decent gig?
For one, he’s privileged to be able to pass at all. He has no debt (his parents put him through school) and a rent-free pad.
When I graduated, I had student loan bills and my own credit card debt (stupid as that was). I needed a job, pronto, and I took the first offer I received. It was a great job, but it didn’t pay enough and I had to move to a new city to take it, against my wishes. Still, I wasn’t about to be choosy.
In today’s economy, I would definitely do the same. Between other “career-track” jobs, I’ve worked at a car dealership and a coffee shop. A job is a job, and in my opinion, it’s better to have any work than none.
What do you think? Let’s hear from the recently-hired and recent grads still on the hunt for a job. Do you have to take what you can get in this job market or can you still be picky?