There has been a recent trend of college leavers having trouble finding a job despite their excellent qualifications, in much the same way that older people find themselves struggling to convince employers that their maturity is an asset and not a drawback. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure that you and your children can find work and earn a good living.
The key to success is careful planning, and this should be undertaken before going to college. In the past, many students simply went to college to study for a degree, any degree, it did not really matter which one. Now it is important that your degree will be instrumental in landing the job you want when you graduate. If you are unsure about what you want to do as a career, it can be a good idea to get a job for a year after high school. A job does not have to be long term; there are often plenty of short-term jobs available around Christmas time and other seasonal holidays. Having a job like this will also give you real work experience and may even open up doors for you. For example, a job working in a local library or bookstore could propel you towards the head office of a large national bookstore, or you could work in a restaurant as a dish washer, but the experience could encourage you to stay on to become one of the chefs. However, let us assume that you want to work towards a college degree that will widen your job opportunities and also increase your ability to earn big bucks.
Passion is often cited as being the key motivator in pursuing a particular career, but this does not always work, for not all passions have a market worth. Instead, it may be better to focus on what you are good at and what you spend most of your time doing, because you will have undoubtedly built up an impressive skill set this way. You may, for example, find you have a particular skill that lends itself well to freelancing or entrepreneurship. You could work by yourself and be responsible for all aspects of your business, or you could set up as an independent contractor with an umbrella company. This arrangement takes care of all your administrative tasks while sourcing regular work for you.
If your college degree or your past work experience leaves you feeling less than qualified for many current jobs, be assured there are plenty of roles that require little training, just a lot of common sense. For example, if you love to drive, perhaps a distribution and logistics role is a good fit for you, or if you enjoy talking to people, you could go for a customer service, human resources or sales post.
Finding a job can be a tedious and time-consuming task, but you may find it easier if you widen your possible career paths rather than focus on one sector that seems to fit with your current or past expertise.