My Career Search: Lauren Schwarze

Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m one of the interns for Facing the Financial Crisis. I’m a senior at Washington University, and working on this project has hit especially close to home for me. Though I won’t be graduating until May, I’ve begun my job search, and it’s definitely not what I thought it would be. For four years I’ve been preparing to enter the “real world,” to find my dream job, to move out on my own. But then the financial crisis hit. The unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in years, and more and more companies aren’t hiring.

I’ve sent out a lot of resumes and cover letters, and I’ve had a few good responses—by good, I mean the company liked my resume, but they’d just had to lay off some of their employees, so they’re not looking to hire. I’m determined to stay optimistic through all of this. It’s a tough job market for everyone, but we’ll get through this.

In times like these, it’s good to know you’re not alone. That’s why we’ll be starting a new series here where students share a little about their job searches in this tough economy. For the first video, I talk a little bit about my own search. Keep an eye out for new videos we’ll be posting in the coming weeks.

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