By the time Michael Brody graduated from Hunter College with degrees in English and film in 2009, he knew he was going to be facing a tough job market.
"In junior year, I started to hear the rumblings of what's going on, and I started looking for work," he said. "Almost immediately I was getting responses that 'This just isn't the time.'"
But he never imagined that two years later he still wouldn't have a permanent, full-time job.
"It's probably better that I didn't know. Had I known, that might have been a bit of a spirit killer," he said. "But I keep going, thinking this is the home stretch."
Since graduation, Brody's done some freelance writing, worked in construction and even tried his hand at stand-up comedy.
"It's important in this environment to not take the rejection personally, but it has been tough," he said.
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