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You Didn't Get a Degree for Nothing

Saying “no” to a job offer is hard, but life goes on.

The job market sucks. The job market for graduating students is much worse. A million students with the same dream job -- it is a lottery. However, we need to evaluate what we are worth.

Students pay thousands of dollars for an education. The process goes: education, degree, and job -- right? That’s what is supposed to happen. I hate to break it to you, but moving out of your college apartment does not guarantee you a job. Most college students find themselves back at home living with their parents working local jobs until they find what they are looking for.

The first job is most likely not your dream job. That’s okay. However, is that job going to help you get where you want to be? Think about it.

The job requirements are ridiculous. They expect incoming workers to have 2-3 years of experience. I’m sorry, I just got off my college’s meal plan -- where do you expect for me to have this experience? Also, recently graduating students are submitting applications left and right to land the same job --- or hell, just an interview.

It is understandable to accept the first job offer. You are trying so hard to make a name for yourself. It matters if the offer is worth it. Employers might want you to do their heavy lifting without giving you much input for the business.

You should ask yourself, “Is this what I want?” That can be a tough question. Maybe, this job will help you realize this is not the career route you want to take. Maybe, the job description is not suited for the big dream you are chasing. In the best, maybe you will love it there.

The business environment can make or break your experience. It is important for you to know what you want from the business rather than what the business wants from you.

Money is a factor. People are quick to say money isn’t everything if you love your job. Yeah, right. Money will always be a strain because people have to pay bills, loans, buy gas, or even buy something to eat on their lunch break. People should be compensated for the worth of their work. It is important to be aware if your work is rewarding with what you do for them.

There is no point working 40 hours and you are not benefiting from it. It is important to grow your skills in whatever project you are part of. However, make sure these projects will help you get where you want to be. You spent countless nights earning your degree, and whatever path is meant for you will come to you.


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