Graduating college is, quite frankly, the most stressful, anxiety-inducing milestone in a person’s life.
For those of us not pursing any further education, this is it. The age when weekends started on Thursdays and naps could usually be fit in between afternoon classes are long over.
I don’t know about all of you, but the thought of continually putting myself out there until I can finally snag some kind of entry-level job frightens the heck out of me. We spend so much money on these educations that are supposed to make it easier to find employment after graduation, yet, the unemployment rates have been steadily increasing.
Take, for example, journalism—the degree of which I will receive in the coming months. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, journalism jobs will continue to decrease approximately 6-8 percent through the year 2018. So, if I’m doing my math right, that gives me about six years of potential disappointment till the seventh year when, hopefully, we can finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And those are just the numbers for journalism…
Let’s face it, once we start sending out those all-important resumes, our every action will be judged and analyzed. Heaven forbid you go out for a couple drinks with some friends and post about it on Facebook, because that future employer has now seen it and proceeded to eliminate you from contention. Let’s just say I’ve promptly monitored my social media image to cater to future employers. My young college student zeal has now turned into quite a different passion—passion for promoting myself and finding a job.
For those of you looking at graduation as a new beginning, as a start to the next chapter of your lives, well, I commend you. For those of you, like me, who see graduation as the end of your youth and the beginning of a long and stressful road of securing a job and starting a career, all I can say is I know how you feel.
Here’s hoping for the success of the class of 2012—we need all the support we can get.