Is it normal to not have found a job a year after graduating college?

I am 22 years old and graduated from university with a bachelor's degree in communications last May. Since then, I have not found a job despite my best efforts. I have constantly applied to places and gotten nothing. I have been super bored lately and don't know what else to do outside of applying daily. Is this normal for a college graduate to struggle this much?

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  • Get a job that you haven't studied for first. Don't have job standards. Build work experience on your resume, then go for jobs that you studied for.

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  • Have you applied for agencies that specialise in temp work? The hiring process tends to be much less rigorous in my experience and they will sometimes take you on permanently.

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  • Before I had to focus on other things, I was considering switching majors away from Communications. It's not exactly a good major.

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  • Try an internship or an apprenticeship

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  • Start a podcast, and or a vlog on YouTube while you continue to look for work in your field, and work a job outside of your field.

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  • I think the current statistic is that 1/3 of college graduates cannot find a job in their major.

    But, you can find a job doing something else... and with your major once in a company you could work your way up to where you would use your communications background if you wanted. Expect that to take at least several years of good job performance before you can start that journey to that job. It might take 5-10 years to get there.

    There are other opportunities out there in the non-job world (perhaps start your own business, an non-paid apprenticeship, etc). So many personal factors go into that I'm not going to try to explain on this forum. PM me if you'd like to discuss those kinds of things.

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  • I understand the struggle. I have “a job” but its doesnt pay well and no benifits. Its not related too much to my major but its all I could get without stooping down to work for bezos or a low wage bariata.

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    • Bezos is starting out at like 18 now with good benefits. I dont think its actually worse than other jobs in that sector. We laughed when the whole pissing in bottles controversy happened because we been doing it for about 100 years in the delivery field. All those loading/warehouse/delivery jobs are rough.

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      • My point is that I dont want to bust my ass for manual labor. My friend works at ups as a boxer/sorter and she makes 16/hr with minimal benefits, but they made it super hard to claim workers comp when she need it

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        • After a year at UPS you get some of the best benefits you can get in the USA. Almost all dental treatment is free. If you get surgery its 100% free. Its some of the best. Being parttime does suck but your friend needs to sign the bidsheets for package car or feeder. Then they will go to 40 an hour.

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          • I guess I may be looking at this the wrong way. I dont hate working. I hate working labour jobs. I want that glamor job that pays 50/hr for minimal work (technically I could be making 100-150/hr if the damn Archdiocese of Chicago would hire me full time)

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  • What job and level are you applying for? If you are looking to start out as a VP your dad better own the company. But there are literally millions of unfilled job opportunities out there now. If you can't find a job, you are not seriously looking or you are only considering specific positions. Not everyone has a career in the area that they received their degree in. Just like not everyone marries their grade school girlfriend. If all else fails, join the military and keep looking or make the military a career.

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  • Unfortunately it's very normal in this day and age. And in your field you should expect to be very flexible in your job search. You can go into personnel work, advertising, broadcasting or public relations. Good luck.

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  • When you say "despite my best efforts" you are not being honest with yourself. What field are you attempting to find work? This is the best economy of my lifetime and businesses are hiring everywhere. 2009 was 100x more difficult.

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    • I am being honest with myself. I apply to jobs in offices that only require a hs diploma and still don't get a callback. I cold call, drop off applications in person, and follow up and get nothing. Don't tell me I'm not being honest when you don't know the whole story.

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    • I don't really care what field I enter at this point. As long as it's something with health benefits. The economy is not as great as everyone says it is right now. the only jobs out there are jobs for high school kids like cashiers and stuff that pay 10 bucks an hour.

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      • UPS is a great company they cant find people. You have to start out part time but they will train you to deliver packages or drive semis and that pays 40 an hour plus "free" healthcare.

        Also if you're really desperate the North Dakota oil rigs will fly you in and give you housing and start you out at around $1000 a week but you can earn up to 300,000 a year working on the oil rigs. Oil work always pays good.

        What you ought to do is put in 1 application a day. This way you dont get over whelmed but within 2 weeks you'll be getting calls in this economy.

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