I graduated from the University of Ottawa last April with a major in Visual Arts and a minor in English. It took a lot of money and hard work to accomplish this. I worked 30 hours a week during all of this, as well as sacrificed going away to school (York), to save money.
Now it has been a year and a half and I still don't have a job. I mean I have a job, but it is my "summer full-time job" continued.
My original plan when enrolling in University was to go to Teachers College when I graduated. But I have decided that, as of right now, there is no point. We, as young and hopeful things, were told that there would be teaching jobs up the wazzoo when we graduated because of all of the baby boomers retiring.
But this, unfortunately, is not the case. And when this big influx of people retiring happens, it still won't matter because there are so many people that have jumped on this "opportunity" that there will be an abundance of overqualified people already ahead of me.
So the question is: NOW WHAT?
There are only so many jobs you can get with a degree in Visual Arts. And of those few, most (curating jobs especially) require a masters or a degree in arts administration. Then there are jobs for the Government (Canada Council for Art, National Gallery of Canada) which require full bilingualism and tons of experience.
So I have decided to try and bight the bullet and get an administrative job so that my husband and I can at least start saving for a house. With a University Degree and plenty of work experience, you would think that this wouldn't be a problem.....
Well..... It is.
I am an educated, talented, motivated individual and I can't even get a job as a receptionist?
People are constantly saying that we haven't really been affected by this so called "recession" but I have applied for as many jobs as possible in this past year and a half and I have only gotten a hand full of interviews....
The other issue, I suppose, is that Ottawa only has jobs for you if you want to work in the Government. And if you want to work for the government you either need to know someone who already works there or you work temp. contracts for minimum wage.
I'll be honest. I was glad to be done school so that I can start my career in the "real world" but now I see why there are so many over educated people in my generation. When there are no real jobs in your career it seems like a good idea to go back and get even more qualified. Then people are coming out of school when they're thirty with a boat load of debt and still no job. Then its even harder for you to get approved for a mortgage and you might end up working farther into your old age...
I suppose I didn't keep it that short.
Bottom line.....anyone want to give a girl a JOB? (Or do I need to move to Toronto....)