You are full of wisdom so I’d like to pick your brain and hopefully, you can shine some light in my situation.
You see, I have recently graduated with good grades. While they aren’t awesome grades, I’m pretty sure I can land myself a good job. Until this pandemic mess happened.
Now, everyone around me, my classmates, my friends are struggling to find anything remotely suitable. Some of them are lucky enough to land part-time jobs with companies they previously interned with. But most of us are just stuck with either doing odd jobs like filling in someone’s place as a waiter.
While I don’t actually need a job financially, unlike some of my classmates who need work to support their families or to pay off their student loans. My student loan is actually been pretty much paid for and the rest have been deferred by the bank until the end of this year. I am still staying with my parents and I’m not in a hurry to move out, neither are they kicking me out yet.
My parents asked me if I would like to pursue masters or another degree instead. They don’t think the pandemic will end this year and I won’t be able to get a decent job anyways. If I’m sitting at home applying for jobs after jobs, I might as well go and take another course.
Do you think my parents are right? Should I study further or should I go and find a job?
Thank you in advance.
Congratulations on your graduation!
Really seem that you are at a crossroad here. But the fortunate part is that both options look feasible and good for you.
If you choose to further study, you don’t need to join the rest of your cohort rushing to get a job once any restrictions are eased up. Your parents are wise to foresee that this year does look bleak for our graduating classes.
Even as that is pointed out, please don’t study for the sake of avoiding entrance to the workforce now. Study only because you have a genuine interest to learn. Each course will set you back at least two years and you don’t want to be stuck at something you have no passion in. You probably will end up dropping the course midway especially when the economy recovers and job opportunities open up.
If you choose to look for work instead, you need to adjust your expectations. As you are a graduate, any kind of work experience will benefit you. However, don’t be quick to jump into any company that is willing to hire you.
Look carefully at how the company is going to shape you towards your dream job or if the job you applied for is even slightest related at what you want in a career. While beggars can’t be choosers, you don’t want to be stuck in a dead-end job especially as you mentioned you don’t need to work for money now. So choose wisely.
A third wise choice is to shop around for your job but take short courses at the same time. Firstly, you won’t tie yourself to an intensive course that you need to commit for a long time. So this means you will be able to jump right in when an opportunity arises. Secondly, you won’t be wasting time at home either. You can be freelancing or taking odd jobs to add on to your job experiences. This is like having the cake and eating it too!
I hope I have given you enough to consider your next step. Do count your blessings that your parents are around to support your dreams. And don’t forget that volunteering can be counted towards job experience as well. There is plenty of charities and welfare group that will be glad about an extra pair of hands.
Good luck with your chosen path.
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