I'm really struggling to cope with the uncertainty of graduate life, and I'm constantly feeling anxious and stressed as a result. I graduated last month with a first class degree in business from a reputable uni. While I was there I tried to build up a well rounded CV with summer work, volunteering, a summer internship through a leadership programme and society involvement. I started to apply for jobs around April time, and have got to final interview stage with three companies in that time, however none of these have led to a job. I'm also struggling to find any work I'm even interested in so I'm applying for anything I'm qualified to do.
I've been accepted into a masters which is directly related to the career path I'm interested in. I thought that it would be good to do this whilst applying to grad schemes in September, as the constant rejection wouldn't feel quite so hard if I'm studying at the same time. However I'm worried my internship will lose its value if I don't get a job straight out of undergrad and the date in my cv becomes further and further away. I haven't worked this summer because I kidded myself that I'd be attending so many interviews over the summer I wouldn't have time to hold down a job. I'd definitely be looking for something part time to help fund my masters, but that wouldn't be directly related to my career path.
Would you study the masters, or persevere with grad job applications in the hope more comes up in September? I feel like either way my experiences and education are becoming less valuable by the day and that I've already essentially ruined my life by not securing a job pre-graduation. Any thoughts, options, advice would be very much appreciated, I think about this all day every day.
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