Young & Recessioned: James Nguyen And the Oh-So-Elusive Dream Job

Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features James Nguyen, a 25-year-old Texas A&M grad who spent close to ten months unemployed before landing his current position. 

I never had a dream job. I started in computer engineering, then made my way to the business school, and I did accounting and finance and marketing.

I graduated with a degree in marketing, and I was having a hard time finding a job. I'd give and give and give resumes, but I didn't get any responses, either way.

I was looking for any job. I was mainly looking in Houston, a few jobs in College Station. I wouldn't have minded moving back. And New York. That's the dream.

We have a family business, and I would help around there everyday. I didn't have any temporary jobs or anything like that.

I'm living at home now. Ever since I graduated I moved back home. Financially, it's not that big of a burden, because I'm not spending that much money, at all.

I'm always looking for jobs. I never stopped looking.

I didn't think it would be this hard at all. I really didn't. When I left school, I felt prepared to handle any position. The resources were there, but nothing ever came of it for myself.

I have couple friends who are doing things they don't want to do. They're not doing careers, it's just something. There's only a couple people I know who graduated the same time as we did and found a position they were looking for.

Last fall, I made my way to A&M for a couple career fairs. I had a couple interviews with companies there, like Target and Loew's. I always left the interviews feeling great, everyone seemed to really like me, but there was nothing.

I don't know what more I could have done. I was looking at Web sites, I was going through A&M. The only thing I didn't do was go into a placement office. I tried a placement office online, but that didn't really work out for me.

I started an internship with a Web marketing company in March. It's a three-month internship. That ends in the first week of June, so after that who knows what happens.

I interviewed with the company a couple weeks ago. A permanent position opened up. Hopefully that turns out well. I guess now if I had a dream job, that position that opened up would be it.

Got a tale to tell about being Young & Recessioned? E-mail Paul Knight at paul.knight@houstonpress.com.

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