More college grads are getting better jobs
Paul Davidson, USA TODAY 5:54 p.m. EDT May 23, 2015
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Employers are recruiting freshly minted college graduates more intensively this spring and not just to be food servers, cashiers and call center representatives.
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Despite the upturn, many recent college grads are still struggling. When she graduated from Manhattan College in 2012 with a degree in English and religion, Lindsey Farmer hoped to land a job as an administrative assistant and rise through the managerial ranks. But she repeatedly lost out to workers with experience in the field.
So she took a $10-an-hour job as a ticket seller at a dine-in movie theater near her hometown of Issaquah, Wash., eventually rising to assistant manager.
“Once you graduate with a bachelor’s, you think you’ll be at the top of the earnings pool,” she says. “But then you realize it’s not like in the movies.”
Recently, Farmer landed a job as a guest services manager at a Washington resort, a gig she hopes will be a springboard to owning a hotel. But even that position, she says, didn’t require a college degree and her employer placed more value on her experiences abroad.
“I definitely feel like I lost time,” says Farmer, who earns $13.50 an hour and finally has health and 401(k) benefits. “I thought I’d have a house by now and would be taking amazing vacations.”
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