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Nothing elicits non-committal moans better than future prospects—or the lack thereof. Let’s face it: the typical university student is hardly a model of academic excellence; much less an ambition-driven, promising candidate for a job. Add that to the sheer number of graduates getting up in arms about job searches the second graduation ends, and you’ve just painted a picture of every fresh grad’s self-perceived future—bleak and unarresting.
Of course, not all of us spend our weekends bar-hopping and binge drinking. There are those who have already figured out what they want to do in life. They’re only on the second year of their degree and have already secured an internship at a well-established law firm, radio station, laboratory—you name it. Looking at how much these people have done, you seethe with rage. Who needs a job anyway? You do; and so as they pontificate, you ponder what it’ll be like to put your fist into their faces.
But you’re not going to be one to lose to Mister Born-thirty; so for once in your life, you opt for the responsible choice of taking action. You scour the Internet for résumé-writing instructions and job vacancies.
Your first rejection letter comes, but you remain optimistic; the second and your ego gets a little bruised; the third and you’re reduced to tears. But keep at it—success doesn’t come overnight. I know calling something trite doesn’t make it less lame, but this advice is trite for a reason. Maybe wanting to quit is part of the process, and everyone is just winging it. Or maybe everyone out there has a handle on their lives, and I’m the only one struggling to write a résumé. In which case, you’ll have to excuse me as I trash my desk out of frustration.