Don't Give Up, New Grads! My Own Recession Journey

I finished my college classes in December of 2006 and graduated in February 2007 with a degree in Psychology & Sociology and a minor in English. I had an internship with the Red Cross, worked two-three part-time jobs while studying full time, won scholarships, had great grades in my major. But then the recession hit. I had no idea how to present myself or interview and not really sure how to apply or follow up.

As a first-generation jobseeker, I couldn't just rely on my smarts or charisma to get a job since I was competing with other grads that were from the Ivy League schools and knew what to say or how honest or reserved to be. I had a friend that graduated from NYU with a teaching degree that ended up killing himself because of the $100,000+ loan and not being able to find a job back in 2008. I still can't listen to songs that have his name.

Anyone can tell you they know, they understand. Hey, this is America. But I've been there and decided to not be there and got into recruitment. Six years later, I run my own firm and let my candidates, especially new grads or new immigrants, know the system here. If I'm unprofessional or wrong for doing that, so be it. It's the least I can do for Sally from back in the day. #hindsight #newgrad #recession

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