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Published: Sunday, March 30 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Florwood
American Fork, UT

For people that have the most interest/need for this article, the ways to create opportunity is the most important part--I wish the writer had given it more attention and detail.

Seldom Seen Smith
Orcutt, CA

"he graduated with a degree in English" End of story.

OCDetails
Taylorsville, UT

The biggest thing I see as a problem are people with degrees in Communications or Psychology thinking they are worth six figures even though they have no experience. Or they graduate with a Business degree and think they will walk right into an executive position. Build a resume with experience and supplement it with a degree; not the other way around. My degree is in Criminal Justice but my experience and career is in Corporate Training. The degree is important to get a job, but just don't expect it to be in the same field that you studied. I couldn't afford the pay cut to work in law enforcement, but having the degree gets me jobs simply because I have one. It could be in underwater basket weaving for all it has mattered. Companies just want to see experience these days. The degree sets you apart from similarly qualified candidates, but employers care less about what the degree is in and more about how much experience you have.

BballWatcher
Park City, UT

My 77-year old mother (who chooses to work to keep herself busy) and my 24-year old daughter both have more job offers than they can handle. I've had conversations with both of them about stories like this, and why they think their experience is different. I certainly don't want to generalize negatively, but they both say that potential employers seem to be begging for hard-working, dependable, and competent employees. Sometimes the reason people can't find jobs is that they don't have a track record of demonstrating those attributes. Granted, everyone has to get experience somehow, and it's hard to break through and get that first position, but speaking from experience based upon resumes and cover letters I receive, lack of correct spelling and proper grammar eliminates a lot of candidates from consideration.

drh3010
Draper, UT

Get an IT degree (e.g. Computer Science) and take general ed. electives in English, History, Latin, or whatever your interested in or just study it on your own. There simply isn't a demand for Women's Studies graduates but there's an overwhelming demand for engineers.

belgie
Tualatin, OR

The job market is not a difficult puzzle to solve. If you have a marketable skill, you will find work. The problem is often that people are unwilling to make the effort to acquire the skill.

Crystal White
north salt lake, UT

I graduated in Broadcast Journalism in 1977. When I got out of college I could see that I had no marketable skills. I didn't have the money to return to school. I took a number of entry level jobs. I went to night school and learned word processing. I did that for a few years but now that is obsolete so I am at the age of 57 doing entry level work.

ImABeliever
Provo, UT

I feel sorry for people that can't find work but at the same time I don't. I don't have a degree of any kind. Wend to Insurance School and 51 years old, pass a very tough State Insurance Exam and have been successful selling Insurance for the past few years. If someone is L.D.S. they should follow the spirit and let that be their guide and they have work. The Lord will provide!

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Seldom seen is right. English is a great thing to know and understand, but may not get a job. We have an anti business administration and that has not helped our economy. Red tape, high taxes, etc. are not conducive to a good job market. Back in the middle 2000's there were bill boards all over the place looking for new employees. One should not ignore the benefits of such things as welding, electrician, carpentry, plumbing, auto mechanics,etc.

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

Welcome to illegal immigration, Americans... what a number of us have been trying to tell you for years. Greedy businessmen and others have been combining against you to drive unemployment up and in turn drive wages down and been accomplishing this by buying corrupt politicians who then have effectively nullified immigration law in America. It is basic: flood the nation with foreigners both legal and illegal; this will drive American unemployment up, and wages down.

Jesus foresaw that Greed would be a major problem in our day. No wonder He spoke of Camels, and of Eyes of Needles.

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