Top 5 Harsh Realities for Young Professionals

5 Harsh Realities Young Professionals Face—And How to Overcome Them

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We’ve all read the stories about recent graduates who have been out of work. Gen Y job seekers seem to be getting the short end of the stick when it comes to employment options and opportunities. Here are five harsh realities recent grads face, and how you can strive and overcome them:

You have scarce job options: It’s no secret that recent college graduates are having a tough time finding employment. While the job hunt can get very stressful, it’s important to stay persistent and apply for jobs that are even remotely similar to your interests. Be more flexible, innovative and resourceful when it comes to your job search. Remember , your job now does not have to be your job forever.

You are underemployed: Your first job right out of college may have you asking, “Did I really go to school to do this?” You may easily feel like you are being overworked, underpaid and that the skills you thought would make you perfect for the job market are not being used. Don’t panic! Continue to put on that smile and show dedication. Every success story has a couple bumps in the road, and this is one of yours.

Your boss doesn’t appreciate your work: As a new employee, it’s easy to feel like you are doing all the grunt work without recognition and nine times out of ten you actually are. However, it’s important to keep a positive attitude because even during those least expected times, your boss is watching. Keep your eyes on the prize and remember you never know when your boss can help you get that promotion or come in handy for that letter of recommendation for another opportunity.

Your co-workers hate you: It’s very possible that your first job experience can be completely opposite of No. 3, and your boss absolutely loves you. The constant words of encouragement such as “Good job,” or “Thanks so much” can strike a jealous nerve in your co-workers and cause them to give you the side eye. Don’t worry! You’re not there to be liked by everyone. While you’re just doing your job, they’re sizing you up to see what type of competition you are. Rise above it and keep excelling.

Your friend’s job is better than yours: Many entry-level positions require long hours and overtime, making you feel like life consists of only three things: working, sleeping and eating. At times, you may feel like your social life is suffering while your friends are out celebrating their thriving careers. First, stop the comparing. Nobody’s road to success is the same. Second, they’re likely going through the same woes as you and don’t have as much of a social life as you think. Leverage where you are to get to where you want to be.