I’ve been blessed and always had access to a job. When I was 10 years old I started working full time in the summers. It was a family run business and I was making .10cents an hour. I remember when I go my first raise to .15cents – I was rolling in the money.

In many ways I know that I have taken the above fact for granted. Having 4 grown children I see how difficult it can be to find a job. Notice that I said, find “a” job.

Young people come out of college or university with a degree and start looking for a job in their field. This is only natural as you want to put your new found knowledge to work. Sadly though finding “the” job – the one you want can be very difficult.

There are a lot of other people with similar skills looking for the same job. Competition can be fierce at times. So maybe instead of looking for “the” job you just need to look for “a” job.

Finding some type of meaningful work that can tie you over, pay the bills, and fill the days until you find a job in your chosen field. Gaining any type of working experience is never a waste even if it does not directly align with your career goals.

Now it still might not be easy to find a job too. But from experience and what I see, there are a lot of entry level jobs that young people can get. And they can keep looking for more skills focused job while gaining general work experience.

I don’t want to sugarcoat this and I know it is difficult. It can be hard just to find any job. Even if you find a job, it may take a long time to find the right job in your chosen field. Not all jobs work out for various reasons.

But whatever your situation I would encourage you right out of school to get “a” job while you look for “the” job.