I listened as she explained her situation. I was sympathetic,but I told her that we were in the same boat. She was underemployed and she opined that the work felt degrading.
She knew that she could do better. Years of sacrifice and effort resulted in debt for tuition and living expenses. I told her to keep her head up. There was no shame in serving. While we are young,we ought to work to learn not earn.
We are not entitled to a dream job after graduation, we have to earn our stripes. I commended her on her successful interviews,and the subsequent employment with the company.
I advised her to do extra things with her time ,that could make extra money. Although her salary is equivalent to an entry level position ,she has to work her way up. The experience that she gains will serve her well in the future.
For those students who are graduating this year, welcome to the rat race. You will be disappointed by what the world of work has to offer to you. Be humble. You have to work to earn your dream job .
The author is a lawyer in Trinidad. She specialises in Anti Money Laundering Compliance.
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