January 11, 2020 at 11:53 pm #332809
Hello, all. I’m a recent college graduate that’s been unemployed since May 2019. I still don’t have a full-time job or even a part-time job, and I have been struggling with that weight for a few months now.
I earned a B.A. in psychology, and have some pretty good volunteer research experience on my resume, but I have this constant fear it might be in vain. I’ve applied to paid research positions, and have had interviews, but didn’t land anything. Lately I’ve been proactive about reaching out to practices to even gain administrative skills in a psych-related environment, but out of 30 only 4 got back to me, and 2 out of that seem so flaky in proceeding with an interview.
I’m just dealing with bouts of sadness and worry, because I’m being so proactive, but I worry that all my efforts will be for nothing. I’m so angry and disappointed that I can’t even think straight or try to consider other solutions. I’ve been without a stable source of income for myself for a very long while. I want to be able to support myself so badly, be financially free and do what I want. I feel so inadequate being 25 still at home with my parents. I feel like an overgrown child.
Uncertainty is difficult to handle. I try so hard not to neglect myself when under these types of emotions, but it can be hard sometimes…January 12, 2020 at 2:22 pm #332951
I would like to read your original post (and anything you may add to it) when I return to the computer in about 14 hours from now. I will reply to you then. I hope other members reply to you before I return.
anitaJanuary 12, 2020 at 8:26 pm #333039
Thanks anita, you’re such a faithful and active member on here. I’m glad you’re someone to count on for a response.January 13, 2020 at 6:18 am #333079
You are welcome and thank you for your kind words.
You have a B.A in psychology. In the US it is one of the degrees that is not marketable as far as employment. The great majority of jobs that have to do with the field of psychology require higher education, a Master’s or a PhD.
As far as I know, a B.A in psychology (like a B.A in many other subject matters) can get you many jobs that require a Bachelor in any area, doesn’t matter which. It can also get you a teaching job (with further education while you work on a provisional certification).
Is this input relevant to you, where you live?
anitaJanuary 13, 2020 at 10:23 am #333159
finding a job after university can be so difficult! Hang in there! Maybe you can get an entry level job in marketing?
Did you talk with your profs about going into research, ask them for advise? Even if you finished your studies, you can still do that usually, talk to them I mean.
Also I don’t know if this is available in your country, but check if there are people who can advise you. Voluteers who advise and coach jobless people, goverment paid advise, forums for job seekers in your country, or even your family and friends. Talk to people instead of trying to do it all alone, even though it can be hard at first.January 19, 2020 at 6:21 am #334201
May I just add that it is SO common for Millennials to live with their parents! Don’t beat yourself up for it. In my day people would joke of the thirty year old guy still living with his parents. Now it’s not funny. It’s reality.
InkyJanuary 20, 2020 at 4:57 pm #334351
Hey, all. Sorry for the late reply. Had a little anxiety scare, but I’m good now. I’m so grateful I have a good therapist 🙂 Any-who:
@anita Hey, Anita. Actually, there are positions in psychology where they accept post-baccalaureates, it’s just a matter of finding them and landing one. Yes, most of the solid career positions require a PhD. I have faith though.
@lara I don’t really like marketing. Yes, I am utilizing the mentors around me to get what I need at this point. Professors, supervisors, and the like. It struck me the other day that it’s best not to do this alone, so you’re right on the money with that. I have faith in myself because there are plenty of psych majors who don’t have the kind of experience under their belt like I do, so I’m trying to stay in a place of gratitude.
@inky It is common, but for some reason it still doesn’t feel good. I’m the type that loves to be a free spirit and do as I please without the opinion of my parents. having my own space is what I daydream a lot about, but I think it takes me away from the present moment. I’ll have to ask my therapist how I can handle this craving.January 20, 2020 at 5:35 pm #334355
“a little anxiety scare”- I wonder what you mean by it. Glad you have a good therapist and hope you will soon find a job and soon after live away from your parents, having your own space.
January 21, 2020 at 6:39 am #334399
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