1. Great post, and I love your site. The thing that I hear with my twentysomething clients all the time is about the inner ‘I’m supposed to be, or this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be’ stuff that makes the outer ‘doing’ so hard. The way we talk to ourselves is always what fuels our actions, right? So while having a schedule of ‘doing’ items is really crucial, having a way to think, write or talk through the tough inner stuff is imperative to a successful job search, and life, really. This has been such a tough time for so many people, and getting your career started in a bad economy can feel like such a curse. I can tell you that learning from adversity like this can be a powerful lesson that can be the foundation for knowing just how strong you can be, and are, for decades to come. I hope readers will reach out to people who can be mentors and encouragers. It’s hard to see the bigger picture sometimes when you’re at that 24-28 year old time in life when you thought things would be more in place than they actually are. I was there and I was mad. Then I reached out to a career counselor who helped me pull things together; so I get it.
    As Churchill said….’Never, never, never give up.’
    Daisy Swan

    • Mari McGrath says:

      Thanks for your comments!

      I can identify with the “supposed to” feelings. Some days I should myself to death and feel guilty for not doing what I “should” be doing. I agree that its hard to see the bigger picture, and besides having mentors who can help you see that, I think we need to recognize the smaller picture too. Who we are isn’t determined in a day. No one wakes up and says “I’m going to be ____” and that’s it. Our dreams are tweaked along the way through our experiences. Look out for our next podcast that talks more about this!

  2. Jess says:

    Thank you, I really just needed someone who ‘gets’ me and my situation. I think one of the hardest things is facing your friends, add none of mine have finished yet so they don’t understand how much I don’t enjoy being asked what I’m up to and how I am so sick of hearing ‘something will come up’. It’s good to see that you too have good days full of motivation and bad days without a trace. I think I’ll try volunteering soon because I needed the pick-me-up you talked about.

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