You study what you love, right? And you want to find a job doing what you studied. You want to find a job that can utilize your talents and interests; one where you won’t be bored. But there is just one problem: there are no jobs out there in your field. Everybody is telling you to find a temporary position; something you can do until you find your elusive perfect job.
Don’t Give Up – First of all, don’t settle. Don’t abandon your dreams. There is a perfect job out there for you; you just have to resist the urge to settle for the ‘okay’ job or the job that offers you tons of money. Better to be poor and content then rich and despondent, right? Don’t give in to cynics who predict your demise. Your perfect job will pay enough. You just have to find it.
Keep Searching – Don’t give up. After four months, after seven months, heck, after a year, keep looking. You might have to work at the blood bank to make ends meet, but so be it. Better to find the perfect job then get stuck in one you despise but rely on for money. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a profitable job. Just remember to keep aggressively looking for your dream job even when you have stable work. Your dream job will probably not pay you as much, so don’t be tempted by the money.
Aim High, Search Low – Always keep in mind your goal job, but apply for ones below it. If you want to get to the top, a lot of times you’re going to have to work your way up. Don’t get disheartened, sometimes you will apply for the lesser job and get hired for the greater job. Take a gamble and don’t forget that almost everyone is flexible. They may offer a low wage but be willing to double it when they see your degree and enthusiasm. Nothing is set in stone.
Discover – Don’t cage yourself. Stretch out and discover things only marginally related to your field. You’ll be amazed at what the job actually entails. Some jobs look like nightmares and yet turn out to be pieces of cake, and vice versa. Don’t rely on your idea of the job. Go to lots and lots of interviews even if you are overqualified or under-qualified. If they agree to meet with you, then they might offer you some other job you never even knew about. And don’t be afraid to share capacities that may seem useless. Mention your interests and what you are good at on your resume. It can lead to opportunities.
Know What You Want – If you don’t know what you’re searching for then how are you going to find it? Don’t trap yourself by centering just on what you majored in. You can find a job in something you are good at, something you have a passion for, or something you just by chance know how to do. Don’t pass up opportunities, even if they don’t seem to fit with what you want. Any experience is good experience and can open the door to your perfect job down the road. You might find out your perfect job is something you never imagined.
To sum it up: don’t give up. Your perfect job is out there, but you will have to search for it. Keep looking, broaden your horizons, and find out what you are really looking for. You may run across adventures that you would have never had if you just settled for the first job that paid well.