Entry-level professional jobs recognized not only as the way in for high school and college graduates, but also as the way back in for career changers
Many newbies looking for a job find themselves going around in the same magic circle- employers want to hire someone with experience, but there is no way for a person to get experience, unless he or she is hired. Entry-level professional jobs are that light at the end of the tunnel most graduates embrace with an open heart. As it turns out, so do people who have chosen a whole new corporate ladder to climb.
This really is no surprise where the fresh out of school jobseekers are concerned, but is a somewhat unexpected trend to observe with the ones that are already rounded up professionals, even if not in the field they are currently aiming at. Those are people who have spent years, sometimes well over a decade building their reputations and skill sets, so it is not unreasonable for them to insist on getting more out of a new position. Yet, career changers seem to settle for entry-level professional jobs with increasing ease.
On one hand it makes perfect sense. For example 7 years of bookkeeping experience would not particularly stand out to a manager or a HR expert trying to fill an opening in the advertising department. These happen to be two completely different lines of work, so regardless of what is written in the CV of the hired candidate, he or she would have to start from the basics. On the other, this person would already have developed a perception of discipline and its importance, time management skills and other productivity-boosting habits. From this point of view, although not directly related to the present occupation, previous expertise will come in handy and this should have a financial reflection.
There are however multiple other factors that help shape the situation.
The state of the economy for one thing. It might be showing signs of recovery, but many still consider themselves lucky to even have a job, be it temporarily underpaid and deprived of benefits. No matter how good people feel about their talents and how strongly they believe they deserve more, there will always be bills to be paid and fridges to be filled. This is especially true for career changers, as they often have families, loans and other financial engagements that cannot be ignored.
There is also the competition. No matter how we look at it, the labor market is like any other place of trade. There are search, demand and participants fighting to bring some business their way. Long-term planners carefully weigh the losses and gains of taking an entry level job and if the results fit their career development strategies, they give it their best shot.
A factor often overlooked is the concentration of universities in the area. New York City, Washington DC, and Boston are amongst the most popular education centers in the country. Thousands of students graduate there every year and immediately receive offers from leading companies. Others simply decide to stay and make it on their own. In any case, entry-level professional jobs are definitely more popular in cities that produce degree holders, but people opting for a new professional path are competing for them too. Statistics for Philadelphia and Baltimore testify to that as well.