So I’m unemployed.
(Well technically I have a part-time job, but for all intents and purposes of this blog, let’s just say I’m unemployed because I’m only working about two shifts a month).
I finished my postgraduate program in December and since then I’ve been looking for a full-time job. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that it’s tough out there. It’s tough to find a job that I’ll actually like and it’s even tougher to find a job that I’m actually qualified for.
I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about how there’s a gap between what post-secondary schools are teaching us and what jobs require from potential employees. I agree with this completely. In university I learned how to write well and how to think critically, but what entry-level jobs are asking for are usually at least two to three years of relevant work experience. Even after completing my postgrad program, where there was a compulsory internship placement, I’m still having trouble finding something I’m qualified for and something I actually want to do.
So what options do I have now?
- I can do another unpaid internship and hope for employment afterwards, but I’ve done the whole internship thing, and I’m really at a point in my life where I want to be more independent. I’m sure I’m not the only 23-year old post-postgrad student still living at her parents’ house but come on, Mama needs her own place!
- I can take a job that I don’t like. I’ve actually applied for a couple of these jobs. Entry-level jobs that don’t pay well, involve a lot of travel and are not very fulfilling. I’ve seen quite a few of these job postings while looking for jobs in the marketing industry. I’ve even gone on a couple interviews for these jobs, but upon hearing more about the position I turned it down. After I finished undergrad I actually made decent money working as an office assistant for a small company, but I hated the work I was doing. I don’t want to be stuck in a job I hate again.
- I can keep plugging away with my job search and hope something good will come my way.
I realize that this post may perpetuate the stereotype that millennials and Gen-Yers are entitled. But why is it so bad that I’m not going to settle for something I don’t want? Why shouldn’t I be determined to land a job that I like with a decent salary? I know I may not get every single thing that I want and I know that no position will be perfect, but damn if I’m not going to try my best to find a great fit.
I’ve been getting more interviews recently and have fine-tuned my job search to better suit my wants. I know that I’ll find something soon. I also know that I’m just starting my career and I’ve got a long road ahead of me with a ton of options and different directions to take, but I still want the first step to be a good one.