I'm trying to find housing that is in the "good" part of town (meaning it is just barely less dangerous than the more dangerous places). Safe + within 30 minutes of school + no mice but probably still roaches = More than my monthly paycheck, before utilities or internet or food or gas or Redbox movie nights.
Dangerous + within 30 minutes of school + lots of mice and roaches and vandalism and everything else = about the same as my current monthly paycheck after one utility bill.
I'm going to transfer within my company across the country so that I have the assurance of at least some form of income. The problem? Only some stores in Baltimore pay a small fraction more than my own store. Most pay the same, or even less. Not really livable in the situation we're about to go to.
Most jobs I'm seeing that I should qualify for now require an extra degree or two, and 5-7 years of experience with a very specific programming language or type of analysis. Wanted: Bachelors in Biology, Math, Bioengineering or related field. Masters or PhD highly preferred. 6 years experience required documenting eating patterns in manatees of the southern Indian ocean. Must be able to jump on one foot and hula hoop at the same time for minimum of 5 minutes. Happy smile preferred, but not necessary.
I did the time - I got my degree! I even tried to pursue a degree that was less desirable to students, hoping it would be more desirable to employers. Exactly a year ago, the Department of Labor released statistics that showed that 53% of college graduates under the age of 25 are either unemployed, or underemployed (meaning they worked either part-time or had a job which required no degree or qualifications). Hooray for the current economic situation!
I'm feeling a bit like Nacho Libre during one of his fights. He put in some training, and climbed a steep cliff to eat an eagle's egg. He had been promised eagle powers to win his future fights and get money for his orphanage.
Imagine his surprise when he still lost the fight.
Eagle powers, come to me!
"Those eggs were a lie, Stephen!"