Two Years After Graduation: My Progress

Last year I wrote a post about what I’d accomplished in the year since I finished school. It’s only fitting that I do it again.

Two years ago today I walked across the stage at the University of Houston Downtown graduation ceremony. It was quite the day that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Probably helps that I have a picture from that day on my nightstand just a few feet from where I sleep. You can read a little about what I accomplished in the first year after graduating from college here.

I’ll only be talking about what I’ve done in the last year from this point on.

The end.

Seriously. During my first year I wrote my book and started this blog, but in the last 365 days I haven’t done much. It hasn’t been a lack of motivation. I haven’t written anything, which is fine by me because there’s something much more important that I need to figure out before I think about that. It’s called a job, a real one.

I’ve been actively searching for a job since at least August. All of them in CJ. And nothing has panned out. Now I’ve reached the point at which I don’t think I’ll ever be working in CJ, which is disappointing and ridiculous at the same time. First, the American criminal justice system as a whole is under a microscope right now. One would think CJ agencies all over the country would actively be seeking out applicants who have a college education and have displayed over the course of their lives a high level of moral character. I have. This isn’t me bragging, it’s simple fact. Second, I know based on my experience during these last few months that I’m much more qualified for any CJ job than a significant portion of the applicant pool for any jobs in the area. I can’t speak for other parts of the country, though it’s very likely the same, but most CJ applicants down here apply with a high school diploma and a few college hours. You know just as well as I do that there’s a big difference between someone who went to school two or three semesters and someone who finished.

That last paragraph just seems like a rant, but oh well.

My main goal for the last year has been to find me a job in CJ, and I’ve failed at that. Now I need to reevaluate what my future holds.

No question for y’all today. Last year’s post included a handful of pictures, but not today. I don’t feel like including any.

PS: my failed job search has nothing to do with the economy or the worth of college degrees in today’s society, just know that you’re wrong if that’s what you’re thinking.

On this day in 2014 (as you already know) I published A Year After Graduation: My Progress.


13 thoughts on “Two Years After Graduation: My Progress

  1. I’m your age, also in the South, I went through it two years ago with an “in demand” degree, and….it was definitely a learning experience.

    – If you haven’t applied to about 75-100 jobs, you just haven’t applied enough yet. It took me 60 as a chemist. It took my boyfriend about 100 as a biologist. Sometimes they’re lying when they say they want 2-5 years experience, so apply to stuff you’re underqualified for too.
    – Being *over* qualified isn’t as desirable. Hardly anyone will hire an educated person to do menial work. That’s why your less-educated peers snag up all the jobs.
    – Stay employed, even if it means working a minimum wage job. The absolute worst thing someone can do on a job hunt is to leave a 6+ month gap in their resume.
    – Every piece of your cover letter, your resume, and your interview should be curated to show what you can offer the employer – not what the job will do for you. And the more concrete your skills (“Led a group of 12 people” is better than putting “leadership skills”, etc), the better.

    There’s a lot more, but that’s the big stuff. Criminal Justice seems like a really niche field – most people I know who majored in it have had an equally difficult time. The only one who actually put his CJ degree to use became a cop, but I’m not sure that’s what you want to do. Anyway, I wish you luck – I hope you find what you’re looking for, or at least find something else that makes you happy and can keep you afloat.

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  2. Thank you for posting this! I’m in a similar situation. It feels nice to know I’m not alone. I wish you the best with your job search and I hope that something opens up for you soon 🙂


  3. Ick … I know this feeling. And I know I’ll feel it again … I have two years left in my current degree and then back to the real world … good luck on your job search! And if it helps, I would hire you if it were up to me 🙂


  4. Graduation felt like it was years away last year, and now I’m fretting that it’s my last year next year! Time flies when your up to your eyeballs in assignments and exams lol


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