On December 17th of this year I will be joining millions of recent graduates in this country. As I approach the final chapter in my undergraduate education the fear of entering the job market has started burning in my heart. NPR is doing a series that follows recent graduates in their search for jobs during these tough economic times. This series has been going on for over a year now and there are still many who graduated in 2009 that are now competing with the recent grads for jobs.
Listening to this series has given me a pretty negative attitude towards graduating. I actually thought to myself, "maybe I can extend my graduation date to June 2011 so I have more time to find a job."
What makes my job search difficult is the fact that I will only work for 8 months because I start graduate school in September 2011.
The closer I got to graduation the more nervous I started to get. I know people who have been unemployed in California for over 2 years and California was our planned destination following my graduation.
Plans have changed, earlier this month I was offered a job here at BYU-Hawaii designing and teaching online History courses. We are now staying until June 1st and I will continue designing courses from California during the summer until I enter grad school in the fall.
I feel extremely blessed to have a job opportunity during these tough economic times. It looks like our adventures in Hawaii will continue.