I'm 19 and I work in stock control in a large retail store. I didn't go to university like my friends because I didn't know what I wanted to do. So I ended up unemployed for a little while before landing a job in this shop.
I've recently become more and more worried about bumping into people I used to know. Especially my friends whom I've lost contact with since they went to uni. I feel almost embarrassed to be working this job but, I know it's good to be working at all. I don't think there's any shame in working in retail but, I also feel as though I expected more of myself by now.
I know I'm making progress at getting a different job (going to get a car pretty soon which means I can cut down commuting times, so jobs/apprenticeships outside of the small place I live are much more achievable.) However, I still can't get this nagging feeling out of my head. That I'm somehow a failure for not living up to my own expectations. What would I tell a friend I lost contact with if they saw me at work? What would they think? Would they pity me? Would I be an example of bad decisions to them? I just don't know.
I have a 1st class in mortuary science and passed with credit in philosophy around the 2:2 mark. Some of my most recent jobs have included McDonalds, Holland and Barrett, and a betting shop/small casino (night manager at least). Having a degree isn't a guarantee or even a relevant marker of success nowadays it seems. You do what you have to do to keep the bills paid because there's far more shame in sitting around feeling sorry for yourself and scrounging.
you're earning money, they're racking up debt.
Some will look down on it and judge you/gossip etc (worked in retail for a couple years after graduating). Just have to get a better job if you feel that strongly about it or learn to deal with it so it doesn't bother you. Any work is better than being unemployed imo. Agree with what other people have said about uni being a bad choice, you may well see your old friends again as colleagues in a few years time!
People will judge you no matter what. I’m also in a similar situation too and ive been thinking what my relatives and friends will say. Don’t think about what other people said- this has ruined more dreams than anything. At least you’ve found a job as I know so many people who are unemployed for more than a year.
Don't worry about it. Working in retail will give you a lot of transferable skills. You've got your whole life to figure out what career you'd like to have, there's no rush. Anyone who judges you for working in a shop is very small minded.
I think you should do what you are at ease with doing. It's how you lead a fulfilling life.