You also just spent four years doing what everyone said you should, but now you’re broke, unemployed, and nobody responds to your job applications.
You’re probably angry, and rightfully so. You went to college. You studied difficult subjects. And you worked hard, because despite the rhetoric about “lazy millennials”, the truth is we’re a focused and hardworking group.
You deserve better, right?
Well, you’re learning firsthand that college is hardly a ticket to “the good life”. And you’re not alone. When Gallup surveyed 30,000 graduates from the past decade, only 38% strongly agreed that higher education was worth the cost. A recent study even found that the demand for college-educated knowledge workers has slowed. As quoted in the Washington Post:
“Having a B.A. is less about obtaining access to high-paying managerial and technology jobs and more about beating out less-educated workers for the barista and clerical job.”
But I get it: it’s a tough pill to swallow.
Of course when you voice your frustrations, people start to blame you. They say you should have seen this coming. They call you entitled, spoiled, and make ridiculous generalizations. Often times the negativity comes from the same folks who told you to go to college in the first place.
Or perhaps your situation is slightly different. Maybe you had a job after graduation, but now you’re looking for another and nobody wants to hire you. It’s as if nothing you’ve done matters.
But here’s the good news.
This is not the end of the world.
In fact, it’s not even that big of a deal. Or rather it is, but not for the reasons you might think. [Read more…]