As every college student should already know, life in the post-grad world can be tough. The job market is competitive, you worry about paying off your student loans, and sometimes you're forced to move back home with their parents to make ends meat. And those who were lucky enough to land a job have to adjust to the 9-to-5 grind, which means no more Thirsty Thursdays and Taco Tuesdays, less time to hang out with friends and the daily stress that comes with a full-time job.
Women's magazine Cosmopolitan surveyed nearly 800 millennial women and asked them to share their lives are like now that they've graduated college. Though some responses are kind of sad, many of them are encouraging, insightful and most importantly, real.
Here are some of our favorite responses:
"I now see the importance of networking and how much that influences getting a job or getting an interview. I wish I would have participated more in college groups that would have helped with post-graduate job hunting and hiring."
On "progressing" in life:
"I am about to turn 25 and thought by [now] I would be steadily progressing in a full-time job, be married, and be a homeowner. In reality, I cannot find a job at all and am currently living off of my husband's graduate stipend and am absolutely nowhere near owning a home. I do not see that being a possibility for years."
On getting your foot in the door:
"My post-graduation career is not exactly what I thought it was going to be. I'm an administrative assistant, which means I do a lot of what seems to me like busywork. However, I am an administrative assistant at an organization that I care about in an industry I love, and my foot is in the door. I couldn't ask for any more than that so soon after graduating."
On not advancing in a career field:
"I have a nice out-of-college job, but it does not pay enough for me to buy things like a house or a nice car. While I have a nice apartment and live comfortably enough, there is no room at my job for advancement, and in order to start a family, I would need a higher salary. Although I am comfortable now, I am scared about the future."
Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.