19 Struggles You’ll Understand If You’ve Ever Felt Stuck In a Stopgap Job
Stopgap jobs are an unfortunate but common reality of graduate life. They’re a means to an end and a great way to earn some money while you settle into graduate life. However, feeling like you’ve become stuck in one is never easy to deal with.
1. Like many graduates, you entered graduate life with no real plan.
2. Your degree gave you a false sense of security about your job hunt.
3. But you quickly realised that it wasn’t going to be anywhere near as easy as you thought.
Everyone was applying for the same jobs and you never had enough experience.
4. And had to resign yourself to taking the first job you could get that would earn you some money.
Even if it wasn’t at all what you had hoped to get after graduating.
5. You consoled yourself by promising you would only be there for a short time.
Just while you find the job you really want to do.
6. But things don’t quite go to plan…
7. It feels even harder to hunt for a new job when you’re already working.
8. Because it might not be the job you wanted, but it still requires a lot of effort and eats into your job hunting time.
9. You feel yourself starting to resent every morning.
Never mind just Mondays.
10. And question why you bothered doing a degree if this is where you’ve ended up.
11. Even if you enjoy the job, you can’t help but feel like you’re not meeting expectations.
12. Especially when you start comparing yourself to other people on your course who managed to land amazing jobs straight away.
13. You worry that everyone’s looking down on you for not achieving your goals.
14. You spend a long time trying to figure out where you went wrong.
15. And have a genuine fear that you’ve trapped yourself in a job you never wanted.
16. Or that you would’ve found something better if you’d been a bit more patient with your original job hunt.
17. You feel like you shouldn’t complain because at least you have a job.
18. The more time goes by, the more you feel like you’ll be there forever.
19. But at least you’re being paid while you wait for something better to come along.
Me waiting for something in my life to be positive or work out in my favor pic.twitter.com/ZLJ4zoWVrj
— Bridget Williams (@bridgwilliams) July 1, 2016