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Graduate school for unemployed college students

Fewer college grads have jobs than at any other time in recent memorya report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers annual student survey said that 20 percent of 2009 college graduates who applied for a job actually have one. So, what should the unfortunate 80% do?

How about a post-graduate year doing some combination of the following (not just one, how about all):
  • Spend twenty hours a week running a project for a non-profit.
  • Teach yourself Java, HTML, Flash, PHP and SQL. Not a little, but mastery. [Clarification: I know you can't become a master programmer of all these in a year. I used the word mastery to distinguish it from 'familiarity' which is what you get from one of those Dummies type books. I would hope you could write code that solves problems, works and is reasonably clear, not that you can program well enough to work for Joel Spolsky. Sorry if I ruffled feathers.]
  • Volunteer to coach or assistant coach a kids sports team.
  • Start, run and grow an online community.
  • Give a speech a week to local organizations.
  • Write a regular newsletter or blog about an industry you care about.
  • Learn a foreign language fluently.
  • Write three detailed business plans for projects in the industry you care about.
  • Self-publish a book.
  • Run a marathon.
  • Beats law school.

If you wake up every morning at 6, give up TV and treat this list like a job, you'll have no trouble accomplishing everything on it. Everything! When you do, what happens to your job prospects?

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Tell us how did you survive the unemployed duration. I read like a fiend and was actively involved in community service. It did not add onto my employablity. However, it took me ahead intellectually and built my morale even when I was repeatedly rejected during the interviews.

From India, Mumbai

Dear Ms. (Cite Contribution)
Really interesting and useful advise to the youngsters who are completing their Graduation. It will be an eye opener to younger generations and a good guide and if they take it as a challenge, surely they will become more confident and one fine day surely our predecessor will attain self sufficiency in their life.
Thanks for initiating such useful eye opener threads.

From India, Kumbakonam
Dear Ms. (Cite Contribution)
Its quite interesting information your had posted and reminded me about my unemployed duration. Unemployed duration sounds very frustration because one is engaged in the process of hunting down his prey that could feed him for estimated time.
Very few tried to explore themselves and hone their skills during these period and the rest still enjoying their life without giving priority to their commitment which they haven't set for themselves.
Even employed professionals can also give a try in their free time. I am sure they will discover something in addition to what they hold themselves.
With profound regards

From India, Chennai

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