The Life of an Underemployed Post Graduate

Blog Challenge Day 10: Your Daily Routine

For the first time in my life, I don’t have a regular schedule. My work schedule shifts most weeks, though I consistently work about 25 hours or so.  This means that my daily routine is significantly altered from what it was when I was in school or interning or any other time in my life. Most days I wake up around 10 am and drink coffee, watch the Today show with my mom, eat some breakfast, brush my teeth, put on makeup…From there it all deviates- if my work shift starts at 10:30, I’m obviously up earlier. If it’s Tuesday, I’ll try to get some french homework done before meeting my sister for lunch and going on to the class that I’m auditing. On Thursdays, I meet my sister and brother in law at a local coffee shop and imbibe roughly four cups of coffee while applying for jobs.

I’ve actually been struggling with how lazy I feel. I’ve put in my time at college, I’ve attained my degrees- isn’t someone supposed to hire me so that I can start working my way up the corporate ladder and contributing to society and all that? Shouldn’t I be getting up at 6 in the morning like my teacher friends? Despite writing and re-writing my resume and reading articles about applying for jobs and “nailing that interview,” I’m still in the same place that I was when I graduated back in May.

I realize though, that my life may never again be so flexible. I’ll never be this young and carefree and untethered as I am right now- so I’m trying to enjoy it. This means I’ve stayed up until 4 or 6 in the morning to finish books that I’ve been meaning to read for ages and I face no real consequences. I can plan a trip to the Cayman Islands with my best friend over Christmas Break and I know that my boss will give me the week off because I’ve worked for her for four years. And once I get past the guilty feeling that I should be doing more with my time, it’s scary how nice that kind of freedom is.

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One comment

  1. Courtney Barr · November 5, 2013

    I hear you girl!!

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