Although I have yet to see the movie, (isn’t Alexis Bledel so adorable?) even the cover of the movie says a lot about post-grad lifestyle. As you can see here, she’s got a suit, a hoodie and sneakers, a backback and a briefcase, looking both confident (the body) and totally confused (her head). I think this sums up this particular point in life very well. The confusion, the changes, the wearing of multiple hats. All of these things come with the new territory that is being a “post grad.” It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t been there exactly what the heck you’re doing. “I’m sorry, you’re doing WHAT with your degree?” Yeah I’m a barista at Starbucks with a double major in Psychology and Math…and what?? The golden question is:
I know for me life is a 9-5 desk job, followed by a lot, I repeat a LOT of television (hey, fall TV is pretty darn addicting!) with some reading for pleasure thrown in there. Am I 100% happy in my productivity level as of late? No. Do I beat myself up over it on a daily basis? Nope. Life as a post grad person can be utterly frustrating, exciting, debilitating, exhausting, and exhilirating all at the same time. In college (and grad school too), you’re molded into thinking that you’re going to become a fabulous writer/psychologist/teacher/anchorwoman right off the bat. Prospective employers are going to be banging down your door and blowing up your cell with job offers. WRONG. More than ever in our current economy, post grads are facing more of a life surrounded with debt (hello school loans, how do you do?) and uncertainty rather than snapping closed their briefcases on Wall Street. It’s really, utterly sad that this is what graduates have to look forward to.
I myself am a POST post grad, meaning I have not only a double Bachelor’s but also a Master’s in counseling. I want to help people, plain and simple. But oh, it isn’t. Nothing is cut and dry in the work world these days, which is why after hundreds of post-Master’s resumes and stellar (or so I think!) cover letters sent out, I have had ONE, count ’em ONE interview. Sadly, that job wasn’t right for me and I’m back to square one. Don’t get me wrong I have a fabulous office job for a wonderful boss who has treated me and my fellow co-workers very well over the last few years I’ve been here. I’m just grateful and lucky I have a job at all, let alone one that I enjoy coming to everyday. I consider myself very lucky as far as that goes.
However, it does still sting sometimes. To know that your resume is sitting with the hundreds of other ones just waiting to be picked up, for a job that may be just perfect for you. And it never really does. I’m hoping and praying that the economy turns around one of these days, to allow old and new post grads alike the opportunity to spread their wings into the field they worked so hard to carve themselves a niche in. I’m not there yet, but I know I will be. So for now, I take great satisfaction that I come to work everyday happy and healthy. I’m better off than a lot of other people, and I know that.
Take a moment today and give thanks for your life’s blessings! 🙂