Turning a passion into a career... somewhat
I've only been out of school for a few months. With that said, I am in no way an expert on careers. But, like every recent graduate, everyone I know is applying for jobs like it's an addiction. We're taught to believe that the job market is scarce for early twenty-somethings, and that we'll be living with our parents for what will seem like forever. I thought that too for a while. I wanted so badly (and still do) to have a job in the music industry. But did I get any job that I applied to in that field? No. It doesn't feel great, but I found a job that fits my skill set. And it pays. So what if it isn't in the music industry? If I work hard enough, the music industry will come. But I don't want to not earn a living in the meantime.
I think we are given the wrong message. Or making it up.
There are actually quite a few job openings out there. The problem is that so many of us want to do something directly in our field of choice immediately after graduation. What happened to being realistic? If you have one internship, don't expect to get a job that requires having had three to four. If you majored in film but didn't do much outside of school, don't expect to get a job at an agency.
We put ourselves on such a high pedestal that we forget to see what's down below - reality. We are 21 or 22 years old. We just finished working on campus jobs and internships for no money. We can't expect to just make 40k a year. You have to pay your dues, it is that simple.
But, it is possible to get a job after college. It is highly possible. I did it. And so many of my friends did too. What I am realizing is that by being more realistic and practical with our job search, I found a job that fits my skill set and, shockingly, pays. Do I want to work in the music industry? Yes, of course. But instead of waiting around for that perfect job to come along that fits everything I could ever want into it, I wanted to work. I didn't want to be stuck at home all day with nothing to do; I wanted to put my skills to good use. I didn't work my ass off in college for nothing, and a company out there noticed and hired me. Even if it is not in the industry I was expecting.
Yes, we just spent thousands of dollars on quality education. And we worked hard. But limiting yourself isn't the answer. Search for jobs that you qualify for. Explore outside your preferred industry. Because at the end of the day, any work experience is good experience. And working will feel so much better than sitting around watching TV all day because that "perfect" job didn't come along like you'd hoped. Because let's be real...