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Not being hired right after graduation is alright

Not being hired right after graduation is alright

Not being hired right after graduation is alright
February 01
17:23 2021

With the spring 2021 semester underway, many are thinking ahead to when they and their peers will be finishing up their time at UNT. While this is a source of great excitement and anticipation, it’s also a source of great anxiety. As these young people go from students to graduates, they are going into the workforce at a very difficult time. It is important to remind soon-to-be alumni, while their situation is certainly difficult, it is okay for them to not enter the workforce right away. It is important to remind them that they are not alone in their situation, that their worth is not dependent on their employment status, and that this could be a great opportunity for self- development.

As future alumni enter into the workforce in the coming May, it is important to remember you are not alone in this uncertainty. You are struggling alongside many others, both new graduates and longtime workers, who are struggling to keep or find meaningful and fulfilling work during this pandemic. If you are rejected from a job, can’t get a second interview, and so on, do not think it’s because you are insufficient. It’s not. Every place of employment is struggling to pay employees and navigate COVID-19 regulations. This means everybody looking for employment is in a state of limbo. People may ask themselves, “Who can afford to hire me? Who can give me enough hours? Who’s willing to take a risk on me in such a risky time?” The issue, in short, is not you, nor is it even your potential employer. We are living in the midst of a global pandemic, and we are all struggling to move forward. If you can’t get a job, don’t blame yourself. Blame COVID-19. Out of great struggle comes great unity. Our common struggle binds us together. This is a time in which graduates can build up their communities and find a place in their communities. You may need help during this struggle, and the best way to get that is from community members who know you and know what you are struggling with. This is a great opportunity to build lasting communities and cultures which will last long after the pandemic ends. We are all in this together. With this in mind, everyone should also remember that their self-worth does not derive
from their career, but rather from the intrinsic value which comes from being a human. Your value is not set by the value of the dollar. You, as a human person, have intrinsic value. You are no worse as a struggling college-grad than a prospering law-firm partner. Do not ever let the consumerist mindset persuade you that your life is only worthwhile when you are a cog in the corporate machine.

Finally, this period of time can be used for personal, mental and spiritual growth. With the free time that is not being devoted to working, there comes some newly found free-time to take on a hobby. For example, meditate, read for pleasure, exercise, develop skills that will help find a job and to do other things that you’re not going to have time for once you’ve fully entered the workforce. Free-time truly is a gift. Aristotle identified that happiness or well-being as the ultimate good of life. He thought that this well being came through the study of philosophy, which you couldn’t do if you didn’t have the time to commit to it. The key is that true good comes from having time to pursue it. While the way many have come about their new-found time is the furthest from ideal, free-time is something many may never have again until after they retire. Sometimes bad things come with real opportunities for development and growth. Let’s not let this bad situation be completely bad. Let’s work to make some good come of it. As graduation day approaches, many students will be going into the most volatile job market in over a decade. Many won’t get jobs right out of college, and that is okay. Those of you going into this volatile market, remember a few things: don’t blame yourself and beat yourself up for the struggles, because you are not at fault. Don’t evaluate your value based on your career and annual income, because your worth comes from being a human being. You have a great opportunity to turn this bad time into a time of personal growth. Do not let the evils of this world steal your hope and your joy.

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