On a rainy Saturday morning 26 days I ago, I received my bachelor's degree in history. In my dripping graduation gown, with a political science major to my left and an economics major to my right, I congratulated myself for studying a subject that I was passionate about. I have found the leap from passion to profession to be a perilous one in an economic climate as gloomy as that of my graduation day.
If I could receive as many job offers as sympathy and well-wishes from family and friends in the past month, I would likely be employed. Unfortunately, the 9.5% unemployment rate hasn't been as kind. This pre-employment, post college status deserves some kind of title. Employment seeking consultant perhaps? Maybe a job procurement specialist? How about something more active like job ranger? What exactly do you call a person that is no longer a student but has yet to become a member of the work force?