Post-College Traumatic Stress (PCTS)
Posted by Anonymous on October 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM
I am suffering from post-college traumatic stress (aka PCTS) big time! I graduated college in May and have been trying to find a job. It feels like I've sent out more resumes/cover letters to secure me a place in the guiness world records and I know that my resume/cover letter is good. I've met with career counselors about it because I thought maybe that was the problem. I've searched in other cities for jobs and nothing! I've gone on a few interviews but always lost the job to someone more qualified, from a better school, with a family/friend "in", and more. But that's not to say I'm a pro at interviews either; however, I've also been to counselors for help with this as well. Currently, I've been waitressing/babysitting to pay my bills and I'm living at home to save money. I know I may sound like I'm full of excuses for my lack of job as well but my point is that I'm really trying to find one so while the job search is getting me down it's not just that because I know that the job market is really tough right now... and I know I'll find a job eventually.
My problem is that I just always imagined that after I graduated college I'd have this sort of "sex and the city" kind of life in that I'd find this amazing job, have an apartment in the city, do happy hour with co-workers, live near my girlfriends, visit my family on the weekends and perhaps even have a wonderful boyfriend. Most of my college friends have found jobs but there are few who are dealing with the same thing as me but it doesn't seem to be getting them down as much.
I know this a transitional time in anyone's life and that it will eventually get better. I also am the first to admit my idyllic expection of life after college was a bit ridiculous. I just never thought it would be this hard for me and maybe that's the lesson I'm learning the hard way which is while I know life isn't always easy, sometimes we're forced to weather the storm to see the rainbow. I just wish I knew that in a certain amount of time I'd have a job, be able to move out of my parents house and regain my independence. Granted, I know I'm so lucky that my parents are allowing me to live with them and I certainly know that life could be much worse!
I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice for me or has dealt with the PCTS themselves or is dealing with it now because I kind of feel like I'm all alone right now and I'm so stressed out about it.