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Graduate Transition - From Class to Cubicle

The 20th century gave rise to many traditional and linear career paths with structured, hierarchical organizations. As a result, stress and work dissatisfaction became common traits amongst many young graduates. Depression is even more so. Desk-jobs are not inherently meant to be bad. But the idea of being confined to a desk for more than 40 hours a week for years, for a salary that does not compensate for a moderate lifestyle can be agonizing. Especially if you are pressured by debt (and in many cases, over-expectations.) And millions across the world fall into this transition every year.

 

Why is this a concern? Simple. Graduating from college and entering “the real world” is perhaps one of the most jarring life transitions a young adult will ever face. Being a university student for years becomes sort of the status quo. And changing from one day to another from student to job-seeker or employee is daunting for some.

Graduate Transition - from Class to Cubicle

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In most cases, this transition results in a term that can only be described as: graduate depression. It  may not be an official diagnosis recorded by doctors, but it is a common notion amongst graduates used to describe the extreme sadness, stress and impaired functioning that new graduates experience after they leave behind the world they created in college.


A Solution to this Transition

 

This could be an opinionated argument. But we have to go back to the beginning and look at our system and the fundamental expectations we have developed that lead us astray. First, let’s start remedying the situation from our education.

 

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Author:

Robert Kormoczi

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