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Jun. 15th, 2005 @ 11:15 pm Hello UCSBALUMNI community
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Hello, all.Wow, what a small developing community. I hope it grows.

Anyway, my name is Andy. And I just graduated last Sunday, June 12, 2005 with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Mathematics, yes i know, everyone tells me how those two are totally different with each other, but what's so hard to believe? I like communicating and I'm Chinese, so I'm good at math. Anyway, so I guess I'm the newbie in this community. I was the treasurer of the Communication Association, worked in the Public Affairs office at Cheadle Hall, and work as an Research Assistant for the Communication Department on the 4th floor of Elison. (Yes and they are planning to build a new social science building next to Manizita Village just right after I graduate). After graduating, I moved back to East L.A, where I am originally from.

I am currently trying to find a job. I'm really interested in getting into the Market Research industry, but all of those jobs require experience. And all I am getting are call backs from stupid sales jobs. Question to you all is: Did you find it hard to find a job after college? I just don't want to end up homeless or a couch potato at home. Anyway, any alumni advice would be helpful in my job hunt. Thanks.
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From:patrickqin
Date:June 16th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
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hi... congratulations! I graduated in 2001, and yes I found it very hard to get a job. But I finally landed one with American Express 2 years later, and I love it. (Although I'm back in school, getting my PHD.) You can do alot with a comm major and math minor, so stretch your imagination.
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From:aleeoops
Date:June 19th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)

Interesting...

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Yeah I posted my resume online and I've gotten a lot of banks and credit card companies wanting to schedule interviews with me. I've considered them, but I really don't want to cold call people or direct mail people to apply for those credit cards. I guess grad school is another option, but not for me now. Congrats, on grad school for you, at least you know what to do fellow Virgo. Haha. Thanks for your input.
From:bates_motel
Date:June 16th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it took me about 9 months to get a "grown-up" job, as I called it (class of 2003 here, BA in English and Certification in Leadership through OSL), but it's all about persistence and (to be honest) who wants to take a chance on you. Luckily (and also unluckily) German & Comp Lit on campus wanted me for their Undergraduate Advisor.

But be careful what you wish for... both myself and the department realized that it was a bad choice for both of us to make (they decided more than I did, but that's semantics) so now I'm moving to Anaheim now to pursue something TOTALLY opposite (well not totally) of my career goals. Although I want to go back into Student Affairs someday, I'm now going into Hospitality.

Point being, don't jump into a position just because it's a "grown-up" job.
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From:aleeoops
Date:June 19th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)

Hospitality, huh?

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Is that the hotel business? I remember a guess speaker from the Communication Association talking about management for the Dollartree Hotels. That seems fun. I actually went to Vegas, and just looking at what the employees do, it looks fun. Just have to keep a positive attitude and have the guest is always right mentality. Good luck to you in that and thanks for the advice. It's so true, but hopefully I will find something just to get the food on the table and look for something else while working.
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From:ucsbashtree
Date:June 16th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Congrats, I was a Bio major so the job market is a bit different, but I found an internship a few months after graduation, the pay is beans, but after being here 8 months I was offered a full time gig at a closely related company. My friend (an English major) had similar luck doing temp work for a few months at various places, eventually one of them asked her back full time. So I guess my advice is not to be too picky, you'd be surprised how much easier it is once you get out there and start making contacts even if the job isn't your ideal. I don't know anyone who landed the perfect job right away. And you might find you like something that you never even considered before.
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From:aleeoops
Date:June 19th, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)

Beggars can't be choosers

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Yeah I learned about the being picky part the hard way. I was so selective to the jobs I applied to during winter and spring quarter and well, it got me no where and now I'm jsut scrambling to find a job. Trouble now is that since i've been less picky, the only replies im getting are from sales jobs, that pay only commission. (something I don't dred the most). But yes, I guess I should start asking around for jobs from people I know. Thanks a bunch.