Our View: There is an end to this tunnel

As we are all well aware, the job market at the moment is not the greatest.  The nightly news is constantly telling us of job loss and folding companies.  For us as current college students, future employment is not only a concern, but a key proponent of our futures. 

Students are constantly worried about not finding a job after graduation or even not being able to get something small to help pay for college as we go through the steps that grant us that diploma.


As we are all well aware, the job market at the moment is not the greatest.  The nightly news is constantly telling us of job loss and folding companies.  For us as current college students, future employment is not only a concern, but a key proponent of our futures. 

Students are constantly worried about not finding a job after graduation or even not being able to get something small to help pay for college as we go through the steps that grant us that diploma. 

Though we all know that by getting a degree in whichever field you wish to work we will be moving onward to something better, it does not make the present dread any less.  Instead of looking into the distant future and thinking, Wow, someday that’s going to be great! we see unemployment rates skyrocketing. 

Faith of a great future in the workforce is running low.  But here we are at The University of Akron, trying our hardest to get a foot up on the scary statistics. 

One thing that you hear frequently between students is a steady stream of complaints, all centered on the types of jobs that we are in college to try to avoid.  These forms of employment, though undesirable to us, are needed in this consumer world.  This temporary employment may be the worst experience ever; however, it must be kept at the forefront of everyone’s mind that this is a way to get through. 

Our elders have many times stated that these undesirable jobs build one’s character and make us into the type of workers we will be later in life. Of course, I am not really sure how jobs like dressing as a giant pancake and waving your arms around in front of an Ihop helps to build anyone’s character — more like your personal resistance to heatstroke.  Other forms of employment, like servers in restaurants or people working within retail are not awful on the exterior, but they are definitely no walk in the park.

No matter what job you are able to wrangle up, it must be realized that you are currently building both cash and motivation.  Realizing what you don’t want to do is vital to knowing what your career will be.  Working hard now at crappy jobs adds to the desire one feels to not only get a degree, but to get a secure job within that field. 

The now is not as important as the future, something that we all need to remind ourselves of as we attempt to find summer employment.  Hang in there. The future will come; there is no doubt about that.