Rachel Becker, Licensed Master in Social Work
Are you “doomed,” as you say? Absolutely not. There are always opportunities available for people who have the will and drive to change their lives, and you seem to have both in abundance. You’ve spent the last two years committing yourself to the often-challenging freelancing/moonlighting lifestyle, and that takes major guts. However, you’re obviously at a point where your professional circumstances are no longer acceptable, and you’re burnt out trying to change them — that’s normal! It just means it’s time to use that abundant will and drive to reinvent the job-hunting process as something fun and exciting — or, at the very least, compelling.
Cheri Travis, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addiction Counselor
I will answer you using my two professional hats!
Hat 1 — Guidance Counselor:
What lousy timing that you are entering the work force in the midst of an economic recession. It can really zap your self-confidence and ignite your fear when you face that kind of rejection. But, this is a golden opportunity to hone the skills you'll need to be the total success you will surely be! All that tenacity that got you through college, grad school, and two internships will help you stick with the grueling, scary, and frustrating process of job hunting (and then creating a successful work life).
Hat 2 — Therapist:
Transitioning from school to work can bring up a myriad of personal issues that, if left unchecked, can sabotage both job hunting and working. I help my clients in these critical stages of life to examine the (sometimes hidden) beliefs about themselves that can be blocking their success.