In May 2012, I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with my major being in Management Information Systems. Combined with my Associate of Applied Science with my major being in Web Design and my Associate of Art with my major being in Liberal Arts, I have three college degrees. As far as getting a job related to my Bachelor’s degree, one would think all I would have to do is construct a résumé, apply with several companies in the area, sign up for some employment Websites, sign up for some job agencies, and I would eventually have several interviews that would ultimately land me a career that would pay between $45,000 to $60,000 a year.

Unfortunately, that has not been the case with me.

Despite the fact that I have the degrees mentioned above, I have discovered that addition to those degrees, companies also want potential applicants to have a degree of experience related to whatever position they have applied for.

Considering that while I was in college, I was also working part-time (and later, full-time) for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in a variety of positions over nearly 11 years (Front-End Cashier, Cart Pusher/Stock Associate, and Electronics Sales Associate), the only job experience I have managed to gain over the years related to Web Design and Web Development was through my Web Development internship at The GuRuStu Group from late January 2012 to early April 2012 and developing Christopher Eastman.com.

For the most part, my parents have told me that a college degree would open doors to multiple career opportunities. At the moment, I feel disappointed that after working so long to earn those three degrees mentioned above, my goal of starting a career that will ultimately lead me to a better life is still out of reach. Of course, I know that many companies are still reluctant to hire entry-level employees due to the current state of the United States’ economy, the uncertainty regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, higher taxes, and other factors.

Since companies would like for potential employees to have some levels of experience in career paths such as a Systems Analyst, Network Analyst, Web Developer, Database Specialist, and other related fields, I would like to pose this question:

What would you recommend potential applicants do in order to gain experience for the positions that you are hiring for?

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All and all, I will work for any company that is willing to hire me for some of their Information Technology needs. However, now that I have some college degrees, I need to know what you want me to do in order to be considered as a potential employee.