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Zach Kwarta - Heading back to school
Zach Kwarta - Heading back to school
School: SUNY Fredonia
Major: Economics
Current town: Chicago, IL
Salary: N/A
Age: 22

I'm a planner, so I was applying for jobs six months before graduation. I've had a few interviews, but they were all for 100% commission sales jobs and nothing worked out. I knew going into it that it's rough out there, but I didn't think it would be this bad.

My definition of the ideal job is pretty simple: anything that will let me succeed and grow, with a salary and benefits. I have a wide range of experience, so after graduation I applied to entry-level jobs in sales, technology, economics, and more. I sent about 65 resumes, all tailored to the specific positions.

Soon it became clear I had to take a different direction. I thought about starting my own Web consulting company, but I realized don't have the experience or money to do that right now. Ultimately, I decided to go back to school for my masters in information technology to complement my undergrad economics coursework.

A master's degree will give me more opportunities, I hope. I'm looking at Chicago schools so I can live at home, and I'm hoping to find a school to attend by the fall semester. Then again, this could all change in a week. It's been sort of a hectic summer.

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Last updated September 04 2009: 12:17 PM ET
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