I have no friends, I'm broke, living at home, never been financially independent, my family is feuding. I graduated from college and can't find a job, which makes me an even bigger loser because I have a degree. When I worked at a store my whole family laughed behind my back because after 4 years of good grades and hard work I still end up in retail. I'm so frustrated with myself, I don't know what to do. I've lost motivation. Can anyone offer some words of advice? I feel so alone and I don't know where to turn.
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Basically, a LOT of people are going through this right now. The economy is really crappy, no one will hire, furthermore they keep laying people off.
TONS of college grads are either staying home with their family or moving back in with them after graduation. The grads are looking for jobs and not finding them, having to lie and say they only have a high school diploma to get hired as a waitress or something like that, and the parents are laid off from work and also looking, making ends meet through odd jobs and temp positions.
My point is, it is NOT your fault, and it's NOT just you.
The best thing you can do, in my opinion, is work ANY job, even if it's retail, because a lot of people can't even get that. If your family laughs at you, they either don't understand what is really going on in the world right now, or they have no empathy, or both.
Think about other things you can do in the meantime, such as taking classes that can help you get better jobs, starting your own business, trying to generate some income from the internet like a blog with advertising/YouTube/etc., going back to grad school (if you had good grades, you might be able to get a scholarship or grants or fellowships to make it free!), going to school or getting a job in a different country (you can always teach English), joining the peace corps, and stuff like that.
Your situation is difficult, and emotionally draining, but you CAN get through it and make your life better. Just realizing that it's only a passing phase, and there ARE opportunities out there, you just have to find them and take them.1