Archive for July, 2009

The Storm has not calmed

July 21, 2009

The storm my life seems to be passing through has yet to die down. Just when I think I can take a breath something comes out of left field. Today I had to cash in a certificate or I wouldn’t see the money for another year. With bills to pay and loans to pay off, I need as much money as I can get right now.

I also went in for my first day of training at Kmart yesterday. My second day is tomorrow. I’ll be working as a part-time cashier. My college diploma at work. I decided to take this job as a way to keep myself afloat in the economy for right now, I’ll continue looking for what I want to do, but at least this way I can start paying things off and have a little extra cash coming in while I look.

The car has yet to come back. It was sent into the shop a little while ago due to a sensor problem. Apparently it should be back by today, but it might get back tomorrow instead. I really want my car back, I don’t like the one they gave me to drive in the meantime. It’s more expensive than my car, but I don’t like the layout of the controls, and the gas petal is placed in an odd way.

We were supposed to get some filming done today, but that fell through yesterday. The short we were planning to film has been pushed back once again, but we don’t know when we’ll be able to do it. That was a real frustration yesterday as everyone tried to get schedules to match, but a last minute thing blew all the plans out of the water.

In speaking of frustrations, my father has been really frustrating today. Any amount of time I could have had to do something today my father told me to run errands. He’s finally taking a nap meaning I finally have time to relax myself. I’ve done about two days of work and the day has only just begun for me.

The good news is that between errands I cobbled up enough time to work on the myproducer.tv account. I made the account for myself, although I’ll probably be making one for GWP soon enough. I’m currently thinking if I should remain a hobbyist film maker on the site, or move up to a serious film maker. If GWP gets an account I’ll probably go for the serious film maker account.

Break

July 16, 2009

Well, today is the first break I’ve had in a while. There have been numerous things going on since my last post, all of which made me really busy for a week.

First off I landed a part time job a KMart. I still need to go in for orentiation, but everything else has been taken care of. I should be making some cash as well as paying some of my bills and my student loans. It’ll also get me out of my house for a change.

Secondly, I have finally got my own car, well sort of. I made the down payment and drove it off the lot, but there was something wrong with the engine so they needed to send it to the dealer to fix it. They gave me another car until my car is ready again. My actual car is pretty good. Gets great gas milage and has a huge trunk. There’s no fancy power locks or power windows, but that doesn’t really make a difference to me, just makes the car cheaper. It’s a 2008 KIA RIO and it runs really well.

Grim’s World Productions will also be shooting our first major short film next week. Everything has been prepared so everything will work out well.

The Economy

July 6, 2009

Well, the economy has hit everyone pretty hard, especially college grads like me. The word going around is that most college grads haven’t gotten a job yet. At all. Now there have been some who’ve been lucky. I know someone who got a job with NPR right out of college. I also know someone who had been working at Rita’s since high school and is now a manager there. Other than that all the other grads I know do not have a job. This includes several people who I know are very talented.

It just seems like a waste of cash to pay for all four years of college to come out and find that no one is hiring. The skills built in in college mean nothing next to the experience several people, who have been laid off and now in the job market themselves, already have. Especially when you consider the fact that a lot of grads I know are looking for retail work. That’s not what we went to college for.

Sure, Grad School is an option. The problem is that Grad school has always been an expensive option, not even considering the economy. However, I do know a few people who have taken this option. For the rest of us we are looking for the money to pay the bills, and pay off our student loans.

My mother pointed out a while ago that with so many college grads still looking for work, banks may be facing a second crisis. If college grads don’t have jobs, they can’t pay back the loans. If a good enough portion of college grads cannot pay back the loans, the banks could possibly lose a lot of money.

Despite all this, it is worth pointing out that there is a silver lining in this cloud. College grads still have another 4 months before the loans need to be paid back. The job market should open up again between August and September when College students go back to school.

It certainly doesn’t help matters that Obama decided to increase the interest on student loans. I’m wondering how that’s going to help when the people paying those loans may not have a job to get the money to pay the loans in the first place! With the economy the way it is right now it was going to be hard enough for college grads to pay the loans and interest without Obama pulling this trick on us.

For the High School Students thinking about college, here’s a better idea. Go to a trade school. There are many openings in the various trades because people my age thought it would be a better idea to go to college and not get into a trade. High School students can take advantage of this and get themselves a decent job unlike college students, who are scared of the future.

Fellow college grads, keep looking and keep trying! There are still jobs out there for us, and while it may be something lower than what we wanted it is something to pay the bills. Good luck!