Since graduating I’ve been feeling a sense of worthlessness from having difficulty finding a job. I didn’t expect to find the perfect job right after graduating. I knew it was going to be hard. And I knew that I’d have to take an entry level position before I found a job that I at least didn’t mind getting up for, and that I might have to work my way up. But it’s been worse than all my expectations and I feel like I’m living the same horrible story I heard from everyone else who had graduated before me. I haven’t limited myself or my job search to any one field or place or even country. Yet the only job offers I get are for those that require a high school diploma. And even then I might still get a rejection. I know I can’t be the only one that feels like they wasted time doing internships, volunteer work, and getting certifications in things that ultimately don’t seem to mean anything to anyone. I feel trapped in a sense and my anxiety around this part of my life has started consuming my thoughts. And although I’m now seriously considering going to grad school because it seems to be the only way out of this rut, it now feels like a risk that may very well not benefit me in the long run. I have friends who struggled for almost a year to get a job after completing a master’s degree. I am in a consistently baffled as to how people I graduated with were able to find positions in our field after graduation with excellent pay while so many of us struggle to find waitressing jobs to pay our bills. Is this the new norm? Can we no longer stop at our bachelor’s degree? We must now get a master’s or even PhD to get a job that will pay a decent salary and offer the opportunity to find a position we’ll grow in, in a place we want to live in and not one we’re forced to move to? Just to clarify, I started my bachelor’s in animal biology but graduated with a major in environmental science. Not an engineering degree but definitely not a degree in English. I have been working since I was 16 and I have never had an employer who did not commend me on my work ethic and my intelligence. I can’t be the only one with a degree, work and volunteer experience and struggling. There seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel. I want to change that.
Are you also struggling with unemployment or in a job that is irrelevant to what you studied and going nowhere? Let me know!