How are you supposed to get experience for your first real job?
I graduate from college in a few weeks and it is not looking too promising. Nearly every job says that it requires at last 1 year of post-grad experience or graduate school. I understand that the job market is tight but come on?
It seems like the only place to start is with internships and volunteer positions but even they want experience. How depressing is that to be turned down from a volunteer position? You don't even have to pay me and you still don't want my help? It's not as if I scraped by with the bare minimum classes- I have taken 143 credits with the majority relating to what I want to do. (the requirement is 120)
Has anyone else faced this problem or is it specific to the job field of ecology/ biology? Do you think that universities should be held more responsible for giving students the experience they need for the job market? With so many random majors these days, almost everyone goes to college. Is a bachelor's degree now the equivalent of a high school diploma?