A Catch 22 rant. One of the biggest obstacles to purchasing your dream car: Money. How? One needs a job. But having ZERO experience.

Currently trapped within the loop of : I need an entry-level job. But work experience is a must. And to get experience, one must work there. And so on.
I found this comment below on a YouTube video “How to get a job with no work experience”.

What employers want is someone who requires little-to-no on-the-job training with lots of experience but willing to work for a very low or entry-level wage. Unless you fit that criteria (and believe it or not, more people do than you might think), you’re going to have problems getting hired.

This is made worse in a bad economy (which despite government reports has not effectively recovered in many sectors) where new grads are competing against experienced workers for the same positions.

You might ask, “Was all that school for nothing?” No, it probably gained you a lot in so-called “soft skills” (which are difficult to prove) and would be right on-track within the field you acquired your degree, but we live in a very weird time. Nowadays you’re expected to leave university with $100,000 in debt just for the CHANCE to get a job that, if you’re lucky, maybe pays $30,000 a year.

You might also ask, “How am I to gain experience if no one gives me a chance?” That’s a classic Catch-22: You need experience to get the job, but you need the job to get the experience.

Unfortunately, employers don’t care. No employer wants their business to be your training field, especially if it means you might take that experience go elsewhere (which is likely in today’s market where staying at one job is unusual).

This is why the “unpaid internship” has become the new entry-level job, but there’s a problem. Unpaid internships, by their very definition, don’t earn you money and we all need money to survive. So in order to take advantage of this, you need to be wealthy or have a huge amount of savings or someone else paying your bills.

Most people aren’t lucky enough to fall into one of those three categories, which is why you see under-employment so much today. There’s a reason it’s not uncommon to find the people serving you coffee at Starbucks or working as a cashier at Walmart actually have doctorates.

At this point, you’re probably depressed and wondering if there’s any hope. I’d like to say yes, but 90% of your future at this point really relies on luck. That’s something these so-called “job experts” never talk about. Why? Because luck relies less on skill or knowing “industry secrets” and a lot more on just being at the right place at the right time.

To be fair, the other 10% involves you actually having skills, education, and being ready to take advantage of a situation if you do indeed get lucky.

What do you all think about this?

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