Graduation comes and goes, everyone is happy, everything is confetti-filled and sparkly, hugs and gifts come pouring in from family, and loads of pictures are taken. Then, it’s on to the real rat race. We go into the job search pretty optimistically; I mean, we do have a bachelor’s degree that cost us thousands of dollars, right? So, it can’t be that hard. Every employer will want us, young, educated millennial beauts.
The Job Search
Expectation: Quick look online shows 100+ jobs perfectly matched with your skill set
Reality: Zero jobs open, nothing requires the skills you possess, and no one wants you as an intern anymore
Expectation: All with a Bachelor’s degree in (your field of interest) welcome to apply!
Reality: Master’s degree plus 3 – 5 years of experience required for a janitor position
Jobs Open to Apply
Expectation: “Great hours, all holidays off, pay is competitive, your time is valuable”
Reality: Below entry level, pay is worse than at McDonalds, and your boss is younger than you, so you are wasetfully over-qualified
Expectation: Friendly employer, who casually converses with you, keeps you at ease the whole time, and asks if you meet specific qualifications
Reality: A couple of mid-level bosses with blank stares make a psychiatric evaluation of you: what are your weaknesses, where do you see yourself in 10 years, what could you bring to a team?
Expectations: Fun and casual fellow millennial coworkers, who are all dressed in the latest Banana Republic styles
Reality: Your coworkers are all super aged, and they just complain about their high-school aged kids and insurance
Expectations: Going out with your coworkers and trying out a different fun bar every Thursday
Reality: Drive home half asleep at 6:00pm and pop your dinner in the microwave
Expectations: Plenty of time for fun and adventures now that you don’t have schoolwork piled up like in undergrad (everyone remembers those cram-filled Sunday afternoons that involved studying and writing papers simultaneously)
Reality: Sleep….because it’s free, and you can’t afford to go on any adventures
The Actual Work
Expectations: Fun, creative projects that will change the company and propel you upward to promotion after promotion
Reality: Lots of graphs, paperwork, and stapling
Keep an eye out for the next installment of Expectation vs. Reality!