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How to Prevent Entering the ‘Post-Grad Despair’

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Hello Bloggers,

I’m pretty sure some of you are having the same feelings as me when it comes to life as a post-graduate. The job market is limited and they are only looking for people with certain degree requirements or with experience, which leaves you feeling lost and confused (I know I am).

Our economy is currently in a turnaround and jobs are increasing, but it seems to be getting harder and harder to obtain one. Because of this, students who graduate from college sometimes  enter this “post-grad despair” because their feelings of hope turn into rejections once they enter the real world. Speaking from experience, this feeling is not a good one, and it often leaves you questioning your credibility, but I am here to tell you not to give up! You have to keep the search alive and stay motivated to pursue what you want. Sometimes we have to start from the ground up to gain experience, so start looking into internships in your specific field because it could lead to a job. If it doesn’t, keep looking. Volunteer your time. Keep yourself busy if you can.

I wrote a post about building a strong feminist community, and this is where the community comes into play. They support you and keep you grounded. Whenever you are feeling down or upset, stay connected with your community because they will help you, and also keep the search alive when you can’t do it yourself. Find your feminist community and stay connected, no matter how near or far you are to each other.

I know it’s easy to say these things but hard to get it done, but you have to remember that you are not alone. We are all struggling, but the important thing is to not lose hope. Something is out there, we just need to find it. For now, we have to start from the ground up.

Good luck, and keep on fighting for what you want.

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Author: mamagfem

Post-Grad student looking to engage herself in the new world.

6 thoughts on “How to Prevent Entering the ‘Post-Grad Despair’

  1. Thanks for writing this, Gabby. It seems like everyone wants unpaid college interns or employees with 3-5 years of experience, and we have neither. 😦 I was starting to feel really discouraged this weekend, but I keep reminding myself that I need to continue looking and keep my head up; the right job is out there, I just need to find it.

    • Exactly. It’s so easy to give up, but we have to take the hard road and keep looking. We will make it, we just need to find something first that will jumpstart our careers.

  2. you know, I think this is good advice for anyone, even if we are already in our jobs. Keeping community is so crucial to success, especially if you do any sort of activism as it does often tend to push you down in moments of defeat. I love this post. And love that you are not letting the job market dictate your own sense of self…so hard to do. chica, you are wise beyond your years. But then, we all already knew that.

  3. Internships are well and good but the issue there is that so few of them pay anything–or anything livable. I know more people who have moved down to DC to pursue dreams in political activism, but in order to make rent, are waitressing it up. Me, I guess I’m lucky in that 2 of my 3 jobs are at least in the field of education, if not full-time teaching like I wanted. My post-grad slump is resulting from having to wear myself to the bone working jobs I don’t love for financial reasons, which I think is what gets a lot of others down too.

    • You bring up a great point about internships because most of them are unpaid, but then the other side of the story is that they provide experience. It’s a double edged sword really, because internships are good for one who is still in college and they can go toward college credit, but for us who are in post-grad life, it’s hard to continue with an internship because we need to make a living.

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