RECENTLY ON TOL:
- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
I'm 22, and graduated from college in May 2009. I went to a liberal arts school in the midwest, had a great time, studied what I loved, and as lucky enough to get to study abroad. As senior year came to a close, I applied for jobs around the US but was not even offered a position canvassing in Chicago, a position which paid around $21,000 a year. I realize that there are many opportunities out there, but when a college educated, multilingual person who has worked and done volunteer work both in the US and abroad can't even get a job canvassing, it makes me feel pretty hopeless.
I was lucky enough to get a job teaching abroad, in the city where I studied abroad. I love it here, although the job isn't ideal. In the future, I want to work for children's rights in developping countries - but how is that possible without continuing school?
I am one of the lucky ones who actually has work. Now, in order to actually find work that I want to do, I am essentially obliged to get a Masters. I liked college, but I have no desire to go back to school. So really, in order to get a job I have to put myself into even more debt than I'm already in.
There are plenty of things that people like me can do to get out of this quarter life crisis, but at the same time, it's hard to avoid. I'm employed, and still find it nearly impossible not to fear the future. Imagine what it must be like for the majority of my friends, who are deeper in debt than I am and unemployed. There are things we can do, but if we can't get jobs canvassing or bagging groceries, it's hard to feel hopeful.
posted 3 years, 2 months ago
view in context