Barbara Dougherty has some regrets about not finishing college, but she also see herself poised well in the current job market.
In a few months, most of my friends will be graduating from college - without me. I dropped out last Fall, half way through my junior year. But I still hope to finish my degree someday.
I’ve heard the statistics that people with college diplomas will earn more money than those who don’t have degrees. I also know the unemployment rate isn’t good for people who don’t finish college.
On top of that, the thought of so many people my age soon entering the job market, competing with me, is intimidating.
But my mother has helped calm my feelings of inadequacy. She always reminds me that I have been successful at getting jobs: from busing tables to managing a frozen yogurt shop. And now, I have a totally awesome position at a successful startup business - making all natural bath and body products by hand! I sell them at weekend festivals and markets. It’s an intensely fun outlet for my creativity and I’m getting some really great retail experience.
Though I’m disappointed that I didn’t finish college, I’m proud for effectively selling myself to employers in this tight market. When my friends begin looking for jobs next summer, I’ll be able to give them advice on resumes, impressing potential employers, and being a responsible employee.