“Thank you for applying but we have chosen not to move forward with your application at this time, but we will keep your application on file for the future.” Over the past 4 years since graduating with my B.A., I have received at least 200 or more emails like this. Or even better, “Thank you for interviewing, but we have decided to move forward with another candidate.”
After so many of these emails, many thoughts begin to transpire. “Why did I even go to college?” “What’s wrong with me?” “How can I get experience, if people won’t hire me and give me a chance?” “Why am I trying to sell myself to these employers?” All of these thoughts and more bring on none other than, drum roll please… depression. I’ve had all of these thoughts and more. Even people around me who have gone to college and gotten degrees, have been forced into settling for minuscule positions. It is so frustrating to dedicate so much time to an education and earning a degree, only for it not to mean a thing in the real world. Even the fact that some people find jobs but are unable to work in their field, is a disappointment. Although, many millennials are facing this struggle, our parents generation have a hard time relating to it. See, there was once a time not long ago, where a high school diploma sufficed. People were able to get a job with only a high school education and keep that job until retirement. Sounds like a dream, right? Unfortunately, that is highly unlikely and it’s now more of a dream deferred.
The societal view and expectation of millennials is also a bit unrealistic. You’re supposed to go to college, get a degree, get a job, get an apartment, get married, buy a house, have kids, and live happily ever after. While this is ideal and what most people strive for, it is a bit of a fairy tale now. Most are barely making ends meet month- to- month. It’s hard to add-in extras or even think to that point, when bills need to be paid, and student loan debt is up the wall.
But, if you’re like me you are trying to remain positive even with all of these other thoughts against you. Even though it is really hard at times to stay focused on the positive, it’s necessary to do so. So, keep this in the back of your mind, eventually the perfect job will come, and life will be perfect. But until then, don’t get sunken into misery or give into frustration. Pick up a side hustle, start doing things that can add and build up your resume and make you more marketable, and do things that increase your knowledge. Keep applying, keep trying, and keep moving forward.