After several years in the electronics field, I was not able to advance any farther. I was constantly told that having only an Associate degree was a deal-breaker, despite my experience and achievements. In 1995, I returned to college, I majored in Computer Science, I minored in Math, and I graduated in August 2001. On Sept 11, 2001, I went to the first major job fair that my college held since I graduated. Due to the attack in New York, over half of the exhibitors didn't show up. Obviously, I didn't get work that day. The months that followed were not yielding much, either. I then followed the advice of one of my computer science professors, and entered grad school. In May of 2006, I graduated again, this time with an M.S. in Computer Science. And I STILL cannot get work! I am now 54 years old, and my last 2 jobs were temporary jobs for the state of Colorado with a 6-month appointment limit each. I don't qualify for any kind of unemployment or public assistance at this point, nor do I want any: I simply want a job, and I don't see why it can't be in IT. I have accumulated a great deal of debt through both student loans and credit cards during the time I was in school, and the first few years afterwords, just trying to keep my house, and keep the utilities paid. My credit rating is so bad, I doubt it is even a positive number at this point. I can't even get a job doing telephone tech support or customer service because of the credit checks typically being included in background checks, which is really dumb considering the many offshore locations located in places like India where I am sure THEIR workers are not undergoing background credit checks!
I just want to know: what are you going to do to get ME a job? I suspect that even before the election, I will find myself living under a bridge...that is, if I can find a bridge that hasn't already fallen-down, given the state of the country's infrastructure these days!