Jeez I just realized its pretty whiny post and the thoughts are all over the place but its in the lounge and I am sure some of you will be able to relate in one way or another. Call me crazy but I have tried now for few months to actually get a job in IM with an actual company. It seems like ANY and EVERY IM related job, even fucking $12/h affiliate manage assistant requires a BS degree. WTF? I had my hay days and lived a good live working for myself. I had weeks where I made upwards to $20K. But things started falling apart in professional and personal life. I got married, got carried away and spread too thin combined with huge legal issues (not IM or drugs related) which eventually led to complete demise, loss of money, business, structure etc. I am based in San Jose (actually live temp. in Los Gatos), Bay Area. I do not have a collage degree but have a degree of Hard Knuckles. I don't want to sound like a victim but I feel life was really tough and I had to jump many hurdles to come out stronger and wiser every time. Yet it takes a toll. I have been shot at, stabbed, survived a war, tortured, put into prison, lived with a bipolar person, had jobs, started businesses, got married, got kids, slept in my car, slept in a villa, sponsored orphanage, sponsored children, given money to start businesses, lived on 3 continents, been poor , been rich, been crying in the corner and roaring from top of skyscraper. To so many things I can say "been there - done that." I have been in IM since 2005 and ran few successful online businesses and have gained great experience in all aspects of SEO, SEM, design, lead generation, performance marketing etc. Problem is I never worked for myself, my 9-5 was in manufacturing, sourcing. I admit not to have a structure and formal education obtained by a an obsolete curriculum but still I feel that my experience, skills, resilience and desires should account for something. However, I am not landing even a interview for any IM related job, and not having a BS degree is main part. I am trying to stay on top of things and had taken/take curses in entrepreneurship, business, lean start up, solar, sales and marketing etc but I can't afford to spend 4-6 years in school learning something from 1980ies businesses, than to land a $15/h job and earn $35,000 after another 5 years, given don't have to pay edu loans back. I know beggars can't be choosers but I would prefer a company with vision, morals, a purpose, service/product aimed to better the world. Preferably in green tech, alternative energy, social & civil or family issues. While many start ups might fall into this category, virtually all end up getting funding from big dick bank dudes. Once that happens, the dicks are on board and company vision out of the window. So, anyone else struggling? Anyone else trying to navigate the "buyers market" employment situation. How can you circumvent the usual "monster/CL/indeed" route? - Go thru to right persons via LinkedIn, commerce chambers, events etc? Or do you just say fuck all this shit, I'll get my own things up and running again, somehow. How, if at all, are you coping in this market without a collage degree?