College grads turn to babysitting to make money

College grads lacking work turn to babysitting
College grads lacking work turn to babysitting

The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 1.6 million people aged 18 and over earned a bachelor's degree in 2009. I happen to be among those graduates: hitting the street, bright-eyed, and looking for opportunity. And since graduating from Chicago's DePaul University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and photojournalism, I've found myself hustling between a plethora of part time and freelance jobs.

That's where the kid comes in.

You see, one day a co-worker offered me $50 to entertain her son for an evening. Never in a million years would I have predicted that at age 23, with a degree under my belt, that I would add "personal caretaker" (a.k.a. babysitter) to my resume. The last time I remember babysitting, I was 12 -- and frankly did not care for it. I never was completely fond of kids; between tantrums, fragile emotions and their co-dependent natures, I never felt a desire to interact with them.