So after being out of school for a few months, as a graduate class of 2012, I've realized first hand the FACT that it's nearly impossible to get a full time job in california. My friends are getting paid, on average, $100-$150 more than what I am getting paid in California working for the same retail companies. I'm lucky that I can piece together a full time schedule right now working for eyeexam (lenscrafters), firstsight (walmart), and filling in at a few private offices. That is what i'll be doing until, again, very luckily, I join a private practice early next year full time. I have looked and stayed on top of job listings for about a month looking for something that pays more decent with more stability and there honestly has not been nearly enough spots to fill the number of new grads, or even, I assume, for those who just finished their residencies. Which brings me to the question of how in the world the 120+new grads this upcoming year from SCCO AND WUCO are going to find anything, and the years after that??? In the past people have always suggested retail as a good paying backup. I really think everyone in california (southern) are going to have to chew each others heads off to get a part time low paying position even at Walmart locations. Afterall, you can't just work on Saturdays right?? After alot of calling and networking it seems like walmart/sears/JCPenny has some sublease units but from what i hear the majority of them make pretty scrap for one to live off of. Or get in a 5-10 year line for a good one at costco. this is definitely looking pretty bleak.... i'm not trolling just thought I'd put this out there and see if any of you guys expereinced a similar experience or have suggestions on how to be more successful at starting a career.