The Reality Of Getting A Job After College

The Reality Of Getting A Job After College

Psych, you just did all that work for nothing!

A college student is surfing the internet for job opportunities and what they want to do with the rest of their life. After much research, they have chosen something that they think they would enjoy and have interest in for a long time. Job found. Now the searching moves from what do I want to do, to where can I do this. Another extensive period of time is spent searching for all available job opportunities out there, by no means is this just casual web surfing. After X amount of time, the college student slams there laptop shut and that little glimmer of hope for their future is shot down. What was a tiny flickering light for the upcoming future has been blown out faster than a birthday candle. End scene.

Does this sound familiar to any college student? I can guarantee you this happens at least once a week for at least one student on a campus. And that is certainly understating it. Trying to find out what you want to do with your major is hard enough, but when you are able to get that done and ready to find a job? Good luck, because even if there is plenty out there (which isn't typically the case), you don't have a chance! Now you may be against me at this moment in my thinking, but just examine the following and see just how little a college student has at a chance to move on from just being a student and into the "real" world.

You are not the only one graduating from college.

You are not alone in graduating after four or more years of time at college. There are hundreds within your own school, and then you go beyond into your state, and all the other states in the country. You know what the next step for everyone is? Looking for a job.

Your resumé isn't that different from anybody else's.

So say you volunteered and got this great experience here and there. You could be on Dean's List every semester, maybe be in Honors for your college. Had a great internship? Well so did everyone else who is going to be going for the same job as you. Competition is high and they may not say the exact same thing on the piece of paper you hand over, but I can guarantee you it isn't too different.

You know exactly what you want.. well other's do too.

We all can hope that we are so determined and head strong because we know what we want and will do anything for it. Well, people are similar and I bet you someone has that same attitude just like you.

The job you want is too good for you to even let you apply.

This may not pertain to everyone, but how can you apply for your dream job when they don't even give you the chance to? Some places are so superior in the industry that they won't even put the job out where the average person could find it. Good luck showing your worth it when you can't even get to that point.

Experience is required everywhere.

Okay "real" world. Where do you want me to get my experience at X place or qualification when every single job requires to have at least 3 years experience. I can't get experience when every place is requiring it to even apply! What happened to giving a chance to people, huh?

You need to know how to do everything under the sun.

Since when is it that your job title requires you to do everyone else's job too? You are trained and schooled to be knowledgable in your area of expertise. I didn't become a Communication major to learn how to code an entire website or do someones statistics and anaylsis'. People go to school or learn how to do those things specifically, that is why there is a job title for these sort of things. Now a days its expected of you to have more tools in your box than ever before.

While this may sound very negative, which is a surprising side for me to display, it is merely the truth. It's pretty sad that you put in all this work and are very knowledgable but can't even prove that or apply it anywhere. The truth is, is people need to take a few leaps back in time and realize that taking risks and giving people chances is how you have got to where you are. Not everyone and everything is perfect, so stop expecting that from everyone. It's pretty unfortunate that this is what all college students have to look forward to. The world just needs to take a step out of the frame and look at the bigger picture.

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A Letter To My Humans On Our Last Day Together

We never thought this day would come.

I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

Thank you for letting me grow up with you.

Love always,

Your family dog

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college


Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries

It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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