k8e-88  asked:

Mom, I'm struggling. I'm trying to find a job in my field (btw, I graduated with a double major in bio and chem and minor in psych, which I thought was semi-impressive, but apparently it's not) and no one is hiring in my field without a masters degree. I can't get a masters degree without money. I've been working a part-time at a retail job for 2.5 years. No one else will hire me because I'm overqualified. What do I do?

Oh god honey…welcome to the struggle of my generation for the last decade and a half… and the one before it. I have a friend who graduated at the same time as me, and she has similar degrees to yours. She’s been doing admin work for the last decade, trying to work her way up to something higher paid because no one is hiring in her field. 

You just do what you can I’m afraid and keep working and trying to get where you need to be by any means possible. Look for internships apply for every and any job you can find. I know Linkedn is a bit of a joke but I know sometimes people will use it to network and find ANY work relative to their field that way.

For me, I always waited tables in between editing gigs, especially because editing on a contractual basis is so damn flaky, to the point where I was editing in between waitressing work. It was the only way to make sure I had money. It still would be if I could do that kind of work, ‘cause there’s no way I could live on what little I make from freelancing atm.

You’ll get where you need to be, not maybe in the way you thought you would, but yea…sorry, I wish I could be more helpful but we’re all in this sinking ship together…maybe the next generation will be different.

Congrats on being a clever cookie though, that is impressive and you should be damn proud of it.