/ Asked by Anthony
I graduated with a masters in public policy (IR, state & local policy) in 2011. I have tried internships contract jobs and entry levels all to no avail. I do not know if its my age (over 40) or what. It makes me regret doing my masters and thus wonder if it is worth for my kids to tow this notion of college is key to a better life.
Answered by Susan, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I think targeting internships is likely not the best route.  I'm assuming you have about 20 years work experience, and then you went back to college for your advanced degree.

Given this, you should look for jobs that both build on your 20 years work experience, PLUS the advanced degree. 

Many times people are disillusioned that simply getting an advanced degree will automatically get them a job. This is not the case.  Your advanced degree, coupled with your work experience, is your most powerful asset. Find a job where past skills get you in the door, and use your advanced degree to outperform your colleagues and secure you faster promotions once inside.
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Monday, July 15, 2013
I agree that your years of experience may make you overqualified for entry level internships.  I would encourage you to partner with a local agency or staffing firm that specializes in placing experienced hires within your field.

They will likely have a good pulse on the job market and will offer strong suggestions on organizations that will be the best fit for the next stage of your career.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
This is a great question.  Most likely the Internship route, which can prepare and even assist many in their transition from school to the workplace, was encouraged through your degree program.  Also, entry level or contract positions often make sense for those just starting out after finishing school.  Depending on your past experience, you may be viewed as overqualified for many entry level.  

Use your experience and your education combined to paint the complete picture of what you have to offer, and what sets you apart.  Research what placement firms are the experts in your chosen field and seek their consultation and assistance. They may be able to open doors that you have found closed to date. 

Lastly, network - see if the organizations of interest have a footprint online and if any opportunities exist to reach out aside from typical job posting channels. 

Good luck in your continued job search!  
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