After a long stint at college I am finally faced with entering the real world. Despite an undergraduate and graduate degree, I have a hard time believing that anyone will want to hire me. Every interview I contemplate or sign up for just seems futile. I'm 25 and still don't know what I want to do with my life. It just seems like there's so much pressure to get somewhere. But where? I have dreams but I'm scared to pursue them. Can you offer me any advice?
Scared and confused
Dear Scared and Confused,
Don't call yourself that. Think of yourself as ready and able. With all your years preparing I am sure you are capable of a job and a good job. I also know it is not easy to get into the swim at first. What do you like to do? Do you want to work with people? Children? Work with your hands? What do you want to do most? When you have answered these questions you will be ready to apply for work or you might register with "a head hunter" as the saying goes - an agency. They will interview you and set up appointments for you. If you are interested in one particular field - get the New York Times. Every weekend there are endless positions open and employers looking.
I remember when I was in college, one of my professors said that once you are educated you can tackle whatever you want. More than half of graduates go into fields that were not on their programs. When you have gained some experience you are fortified to try another field. You don't tell me what you had studied in school.
I can tell you that you must have confidence in yourself - the world is waiting for you to challenge it -- so go right ahead.
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