The title sums up many of my meetings with May 05 grads this year. Aside from occasional good news, grads are finding that the job search is taking a lot longer than they anticipated. After all that work, where’s the pay off?
If they’re anything like me, I figured that the job offer would be waiting after a few post-graduation celebration weeks. But no. It wasn’t.
So, what do the 05 grads and I talk about? The conversations usually include phrases like these:
—The process seems vague and unclear; how does a person actually get a job?
—I feel like a loser. I’m the only person I know who doesn’t have a job.
—For the last 16 years, I knew what I’d be doing in the fall. This is the first time I don’t know and that doesn’t feel very good.