So you squandered an estate note on a bachelor’s degree, then trudged through more entry-level hardships and thankless internships than should be legally permissible, only to backslide into some self-esteem shattering, résumé-derailing grind, several tax brackets below your dignity.
No worries: Underemployment happens to everybody, career counselors say. And when joblessness rages near 10 per cent, it happens to nearly everybody at once.
“It’s no secret that this is a very difficult time,” Generation Y Career Blogger Lindsey Pollack says. “So even if you’re waiting tables or temping, don’t throw off your day job. Everything is an opportunity to show what you’re capable of.”
For new graduates, keeping your ego at least one notch above despair is what passing out flyers and sweeping up french fries is all about, she says. If it helps, pan one eye toward the future.
“Know that this is not forever,” encourages career advisor Dan King.
In fact, workplace advisor Jane Boucher notes, your misery will pass every single workday, when the shift whistle screams.
“Remember, it’s just a job,” the “How to Love the Job You Hate” author says. “You have a life outside of your job. Look at beauty. Go for walks on the beach. Find other things in life that have meaning and purpose.”
Start in the gym. A workout routine, she suggests, can be a splendid domain to channel your untapped moxie. “Become active,” concurs Pollack. “And be confident. If you’re that person who keeps up the enthusiasm, even if you’re the most active barista at Starbucks, somebody might notice.”