Congratulations! You finally walked across the stage, got your diploma, and earned yourself a few extra lines of ink to add onto your resume. The years of hard work have finally paid off, and yet, nothing else in your professional life has changed. You may find yourself still working a menial job, barely making rent and struggling to find work relevant to your degree. You’re preoccupied with filing out numerous job applications only to find out you’re not qualified enough – or so they say. Everything you aim for falls short, leaving you feeling inadequate and questioning yourself, “Why me?”

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Aside from experiencing all the unfortunate events that befall you, don’t extend those negative emotions by believing there is no hope.Persevere. Everything in life fluctuates all the time, so eventually you’ll be released from the rut. Enjoy the ride, and quit making excuses. In light of what may be a little post-graduate depression, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Many people struggled through this, including myself.

So how can we overcome these post-grad blues?

3 Tips to Get You Back on the Right Track:

1. Stop Comparing

Comparison is a legit dream killer, only if perceived in a wrong way. Take college websites, for example. During graduation season, colleges handpick a select few “special” students who are already set for a full-time, high-paying job for XYZ Corporation, overly flaunting out their successes. Yes, those “special” students probably deserved achieving an envious post-grad career, but there’s no reason to view them as superior.

The amount of anxiety caused by comparison is subjective, but it shouldn’t even be done in the first place. When you compare, you neglect the focus of yourself, and instead, focus on someone who probably doesn’t even know your name. Your life shouldn’t be consumed by comparing, but rather, consumed by living. Unless you’re comparing to a former You for improvement’s sake, don’t do it.

2. Dig Deep

If you’re one of the many who have not been set with a full-time, promising career, then look on the bright side: you now have a real chance to brainstorm your life. This is where the fun begins!

Find what you’re passionate about – something that fuels your soul in light of the worst catastrophe. If you don’t know what it is, try meditating on it – engage in activities out of your norm and jump out of your comfort zone. Instead of dwelling on the fact that you can’t find a job, just realize a job is nothing but a job. Don’t take it personally if you can’t get one now. A job should not define you. Although it is important to have income on the sidelines, try not to let the idea of a job stray you from being human. Finding what you’re passionate about will stir you positively in the right direction. Maybe start by reading The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, an inspiring book by Sir Ken Robinson which places emphasis on self-fulfillment, rather than fulfilling what’sexpected of you.

3. Redefine the Word “Job”

For Millennials, the concept of “a job” is slowly growing obsolete – now that’s a relief! It’s not all about working in a box 9-5 for decades, climbing the corporate ladder until retirement. That’s not the “American dream” anymore (I couldn’t believe that it was, to begin with). Our generation is changing how the world views a career, as we become more and more exposed to the abundance of information from social media and wisdom passed down by earlier generations. The confinements of a job is transforming to freelance work and entrepreneurship is booming– people are now doing what they love doing!

So, Millennial, don’t be bummed out for not getting that job you wanted.

Once you find what you’re passionate about, you’re already rich.

 

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