There is always such an intense pressure on students and youngsters in general, to gain employment at an incredibly fast pace. From the minute we are shoved into the education system to the minute we attempt to leave, we are introduced to the heart wrenching, hair pulling concept of pressure. Occasionally, we forget about it and other times we succumb to it, allowing it to break us. For some people, the pressure gets to a fatal, irreversible level.
It’s difficult not to conform to the rest of society and partake in employment, especially with the rising prices of living and so forth and the increase in competition. However, although some people will disagree, I don’t see this constant influx of pressure to be productive to our well being or general quality of life. Of course, a healthy amount of pressure is often needed in order to provide the motivation to explore our potential in the work force. However, I don’t think that our potential is unveiled through the highest paying job or the most attractive role. Instead, I like to see our potential as something that is displayed through our personalities, life decisions and courage to be who we want to be.
Rather than allowing the job pressures to get to you, start to think what you want from life as whole rather than a career perhaps. Take it step by step and remember that the job you have doesn’t define who you are or your self-worth. I know the main reason we come to university is to gain quality employment, so I don’t want to come across as contradictory but there is also an element to university where there are other purposes – such as enriching our minds for starters! I often panic when it comes to looking for jobs, so instead I tread slowly and plan my next month ahead, rather than freaking out about the whole year – this seems to work for me.