q4k: regretting my college degree


I recently graduated college and have no clue what I am doing. I feel like I got a degree that limits my opportunites and I need to start working soon.

– a recent college grad

Hi! I just graduated from college last month and understand the stress of life post-graduation. You feel a lot of pressure from people around you to find a job and start working quickly. In addition, you may be moving or trying to choose a place to live. The security that college provided through consistency is ripped away after you cross the stage and receive your diploma.

The job market is rough right now too. It seems that it is oversaturated with applicants that are overqualified and soon to be underpaid.

I think the first thing to do is make sure your resume is up to date and you have a go-to interview outfit. Then start applying for anything and everything that interests you. Having a college degree will give you an advantage in some job applications. Now, do I think you will have much luck applying to NASA with a degree in theater? No. (no hate to theater majors btw.. it is just two very different realms).

I think if you join LinkedIn and Indeed (or whatever sites are commonly used in your area) then you might have some luck. Truthfully though, so much of your luck is going to come from putting yourself out there. Ask around. Post in local Facebook groups. Ask your profs and peers. Ask people in the field you are pursuing. I have noticed that the more you tell people you are searching for a job in xyz field then the more likely you are to come across somebody that knows something or somebody.

At the end of the day though, it is still hard, so try to go easy on yourself. Keep hustling and it will work out eventually.

good luck!! KP

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