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Post-college conundrum


As a recent college graduate looking for a job, the hardest thing I find about being in this position is not looking for a job itself, but rather adjusting my mindset from a college student to a working person. In college, at least for me as a philosophy major, it was all about your ideas and how well you can process and analyze information. Not to mention, writing well too. But in the working world, it’s about your skills and what kind of set of skills you have to offer to sell to someone that needs them and can use you for them. This adjustment is what I have a hard time with because I do really miss what was wanted from you in college intellectually and not too eager to have someone use me because of my skills in the ‘real world. But I suppose only time and experience will tell which of the two very different worlds I prefer, or whether or not there is one that is simply ethically better.

2 thoughts on “Post-college conundrum

  1. philosophirish

    I sympathise, having experienced much the same transition myself. The problem centres on the tendency in modern society to value ‘knowledge’ only in its instrumental guises. The extent to which that knowledge can be converted into a commodity form will, unfortunately, dictate your prospects in the labour market.
    Regarding ethical worth, it’s fair to say that your former experiences in college will lay claim to that. It’s hard to find anything of ethical value in being forced to market yourself as a unit of labour first and as a human being second…

  2. egrizzly305

    The working world is logically a mentally unhealthy place. There’s no other way around it unless you are truly happy with what you do. Either way I would recommend to open your own business eventually. Peace to you.

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