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career advice
February 28, 2001
4:49 pm
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so i graduated from a liberal arts school with a measly 2.2...ive been struggling with depression forever and I think my grades suffered because of that...how do u tell this to a potential employer? Ive suffered from not being able to go to work because of this...great references. Now i've been out for two months and very discouraged. Ive been doing temp work here and there but I've been thinking of going back to school. Im not really sure that I want to do marketing and get a job. I want to get into computer design and do something creative. I was thining of going back but then I will owe about $60,000 when i get out. I might be in debt the rest of my life.

Part of the reason im putting off getting a job is because I feel that I dont know myself yet. I know this sounds wierd but when your depressed you become a different person. I dont know which person I am, the girl who is shy and hides in her room or the girl that is friendly & outgoing and likes to meet people. I feel like im schizo right now. This is hard when your in transformation to real life and not just living in the dorms. Im starting to feel better now that I moved home, but im dodging getting a job.

February 28, 2001
7:31 pm
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forget the gpa, they just want to know that u can do something for them.
im bad in studies too and have a lot of tension regarding it, but i know its only the interview that matters.
so prepare for the interview well, do research, do some practice interviews etc.etc. dont worry too much about grades. they dont really matter.
just do well in the interview. i know u can do it 🙂 just practice for it and dont give up.
we have to get rid of the thought that ' no one will hire us'
its just this thought that is doing destruction. its hapening with me too.

February 28, 2001
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You are both people. Like the rest of us you have different facets in your personality.

Get a job. Then go back to school. Grade point average is not the best indicator of the type of employee someone will be.

4.0 means that you can jump through someone else's hoops to their satisfaction. 2.2 may not be 4.0 but people are hired not GPA's.

It is scary to step out on your own. Go for it. You are not going to know YOU until you start DOING and not just waiting

Good luck

March 1, 2001
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It's hard to get into grad school straight out of undergrad with anything lower than a 3.0, not to upset you. My fiancee has the same problem. He wants to get his MBA, he just can't get in to any good schools.

A good tactic is to work for 3-5 years and then apply for grad school because usually, especially with MBAs or any business-related master's degree, work experience counts more than GPA.

You don't have to put your GPA on you resume, either.

Also, with computer fields, you don't necessarily have to have a degree. You just have to know the programs, like Flash and stuff, and they'll use you. The job market expansion hasn't reached its peak yet in the technology sector.

March 1, 2001
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Finishing school and deciding what to do after that was one of the hardest times I ever had (finishing university and finding a job wasn't much better). The worst part of it was that I found heaps of disadvantages for every option I could choose, thus this huge insecurity. What I didn't see then is that growing up doesn't mean that you become fixed in your ways. It's completely up to you to stay active and flexible and spot all the opportunities (somtimes they are hidden in odd corners). I guess this was, because I grew up thinking that change is a privilege of the youth - completely untrue! When I was younger change always came about whith lots of pains and labours - only when I grew older I learned really to appreciate (and sometimes to steer) the changes in my life.

So my advice for you would just be: take a decision that you can live whith for the next five years (or the next year, if that's easier). E.g. find any job that will give you enogh money to get your own place and car. Or get a special degree for a kind of job you like. You could also do temp jobs part of the time and volunteer somewhere where you would like to work in the rest of the time. And then go from there. You don't need to make all your life's decisions at once - just because you finished school. And I'll also tell you that I did not look at the grades when I hired people (ok, three people so far), your resumee and the job interview will be much more important.

March 1, 2001
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Im applying for jobs right now. The school that I want to go to im still going to apply for, it starts in April but the only way that i can go is by getting loans to cover it. I never used my full amount of loans from college. The degree would be an associate degree (a year and a half) in media and web design. I really think this is what I want to do eventually. Right now im just trying to think of it as whatever comes first. Ill continue to do temp work and occasionally interview at other places. Im still going to apply to school and see if I get loans to cover it. If I do, it was meant to be, if not..ill get a job. I just applied for a job making pretty good money where my school was and i know i have all the qualifications for it. If I got that job, i could afford to move and afford to take classes occasionally. I really think that I just need to go back to counseling. Thanks for everyones help...

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