Unemployed (after yet another degree)

I recently went back to school to get my second master's degree. The program was rigorous, I maintained a 4.0 GPA, and I received good reviews in my field work. I have been applying for jobs, but I am astonished that I haven't landed one. I am pretty sure that I am more qualified than most.

Additionally, I have always had a problem with anxiety/depression, and getting rejection emails has ramped both of these things up a ton. It's been horrible, and I hope that I'm not looking too desperate in interviews. Quite frankly, it is hard not to break into a severe sweat and feel like my life and future is on the line every time I go to one.

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  • Chin up, I'm sure things will work out.

    One thing I would like to gently suggest is to try to think about what you are passionate about as well as what you are qualified in. Try to use your passion (even if it's volunteering or pro-bono) to get experience; join meet ups, or other groups of like-minded people, and try like h*** to not disagree with any of them for at least the first quarter of a year.

  • You have the degree but do you have what it takes?

  • Take some state or federal government tests. Work beneath your station for a few years and after awhile your education will kick in and you'll be properly employed.

  • If you were really more qualified than most as you say then, there would be no need to feel so insecure. Just because you have an advanced degree, it clearly does not make you more qualified than most. It takes more than a piece of paper to get the job done.

  • For example, girl I know was serving coffee in the cafeteria at a mine. The mine had a position going to drive a humungus haul truck. One of the blokes put her name forward. She was selected because she was easy going and got on with everyone. They could teach her to drive. Harder to teach somone to be nice.

  • It's who you know not what you know.

    Get connected then look for the job. Take a low job that connects you to the people in the area you wish to work.

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