Thanks for the diploma, but what do I do with it?
Is it just me or do other up and coming juniors feel like they are this close to having a full quarter life crisis? It’s a week after mid-term, and while my primary focus is on having President Hanbury handing me my diploma, I also scour the job boards with the intensity of the BAU unit of “Criminal Minds ”. Yet despite using every keyword and buzzword in my arsenal in three different states, I still can’t find a job I’m qualified for.
Most of the jobs I have found require eight or more years of experience in the field, a master’s or doctoral degree, or my favorite, the jobs are unpaid or slightly above minimum wage.
I’m not a college graduate with a mountain of student loan debt, but it’s definitely a hill with a view. I can’t afford to get another unpaid internship or scratch the bottom of my savings account. So what does this leave me? Back to square one: scrolling for hours, crying silently on my keyboard and lying on the floor ranting at my graduate roommate at how scared I am I can’t find a job and, in fact, reality, to have no idea what I’m going to do with my life.
Now I know what you are going to say. “Go to CAPs and get advice from friends and peers. I was there, I did that. I have spoken to two professors so far as well as to CAPs and they have given great advice, but I still think the job market is way too saturated to make a decision that makes sense right now. At this point I am looking for a temporary job to try to downgrade this walkable hill in view of an elevated street. Even though I talk to my family or friends, most of them don’t know enough about my field to come up with anything more useful than “minimum wage is not enough to live on” or the simple “you’re going to find a job.” job “. Not to mention that we are currently going through a pandemic. It’s not really easy to enter the workforce for your first job as a “big girl” which is mostly in a virtual space with few companies or other places hiring due to COVID- restrictions. 19.
According to a Forbes article in 2019, most recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed, meaning they are working for a job that doesn’t require a degree, than in previous generations. I don’t think that means we’re all “giving up” on finding a job. I think this means that it becomes more and more difficult to find a job that matches our means and our desires. It is important to note that I am not talking about the “need” to own a BMW. I mean the need to pay off our student loan debt.
As excited as I am to graduate from NSU and get my bachelor’s degree, it becomes difficult to take advantage of this recent success when the prospects for future success for myself and the future life I would like to build for myself seem slim. .