Almost 2 months ago, I graduated college with my associates degree. I spent so much time, energy, passion, and money into it. When I was accepted into the school 3 years ago, there was an 85% job placement after graduation. To my knowledge, the number never decreased; but I know that with time, everything decreases. I never expected it to be this hard to get a job, especially when I have a fucking degree. I’ve even tried applying to places that have nothing to do with my major. Tanning salons aren’t even hiring. Hello? It’s summer time? You’re salon is jam packed all the time. I could use some money.
Anyway, back on track. Then, I get an email from a company I met at school, they have a position if I’m interested. A company that is located 47 miles away. Then I find a similar company who posted an ad in the paper that’s based in my hometown and is literally up the damn street. So I apply & what happens? A girl that lives near me and graduated with the same degree gets called, after not searching for a job at all and has no car! Having a car is a requirement!
So, that really pissed me off. I’ve been searching online on every possible search engine for possible jobs & where does that lead me? 3 different roads.
Road one - A job at Citizen’s Bank Park, where the Philadelphia Phillies play. To be a “Fan Photographer.” To take photos of the people coming inside the stadium. COOL. Especially since their season is half over and they suck this season. People are so rude there and I don’t wanna deal with the drunks. I have nothing against Philly or it’s fans. I am one. It just doesn’t seem worth it to me for $13 an hour. NO THANKS.
Road two - A job for Creative Images as a Preschool Photographer. To photograph children. I immediately applied, just to have an email sent to me about how they have so many applications they can’t address each applicant personally. I really hope they email me back. I really would love that job.
Road three - A job as a sales associate for American Wedding Group. To be their receptionist. Answer their phones, answer their emails, deal with brides all day…etc. I also applied for this, because it’s better than nothing and it’s in my field. (Sort of) And it’s 10 minutes away from my house. Which is always a plus (:
Main point, I loved the school I went too and I loved the people & instructors I’ve met. But I almost regret deciding to become a photographer because it’s so hard to get a job. I have student loans coming in soon, I can’t not have a job.
But I guess if it was easy, everybody would do it.