Lessons from Being an Unemployed Graduate

I remember the time when I was an unemployed graduate. Actually, there were two times in my life when I was an unemployed graduate: when I just graduated and when I left my job last year to pursue a writing career (and failed miserably). Those were two of the most challenging times in my life. But those were also the times I grew the most.

"If it had not been for the lessons I learned while being an unemployed graduate, I would not be here, writing this today. As an entrant to the new economy, I faced the prospect of 'you have a degree, now what?' The new method I had to learn was of continued learning and being proactive in seeking out mentorships and networking. 

I kept learning and reading, even after graduation. Along the way I've met some really smart and generous mentors, who have stressed the importance of having a positive and optimistic attitude.

But perhaps the most important lesson of my journey going from broke to New York is that things are temporary. The current situation, no matter how bleak or bland, is not going to last forever. Even at my lowest moments, I still had good health and good sense. As the Roman writer Publilius Syrus put it, 'Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.'

People often have much of what they need to succeed within them: ambition and the will to learn. This will to learn can prompt them to reach out to mentors and networks. They just have to trust the process. After all, it’s often the most difficult or trying times that set the stage for the best opportunities."

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Article: What I Learned From Being a Broke, Unemployed Graduate by Eric Ruiz