Graduate with Two Degrees Struggles to Find Work: "I Also Speak 3 Languages, Forced to Hand Out Resumes. I Feel Humiliated"

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.13 - 2024 10:49 PM CET

Photo: TikTok
Photo: TikTok
Graduate with Two Degrees Struggles to Find Work.

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Academic preparation, experience, university degrees, masters, and language skills should theoretically open many doors in the job market. Yet, the sad truth is that this is not always the case, even when one's resume boasts two degrees and fluency in three different languages.

The stark evidence of this reality is the experience of a young woman who shared her job-hunting ordeal on TikTok, highlighting the challenges she faces despite years of study.

The Job Hunt

The story of @lohannysant, a young woman who went viral on TikTok for her difficulty in finding employment despite her academic preparation and language skills, has sparked a significant debate about the realities of the modern job market.

Her video, which quickly garnered millions of views, shows the young woman sharing her humiliation in job searching for minimum wage positions, despite holding two degrees and speaking three languages.

Her frustration at being rejected and feeling inadequate despite her efforts and investment in her education is palpable.

"This is the biggest humiliation I have ever experienced in my life, holding resumes in my hand to physically go to places and ask if they need to hire someone," she explains, adding,

"I feel embarrassed because I'm applying for minimum wage jobs and they tell me they don't need anyone."

The young woman asserts she never expected to find herself in this situation, given her qualifications:

"It sucks. To be honest, I just want to become a TikToker." As she discusses her precarious situation, she cannot hold back tears, ensuring,

"I can't keep deluding myself, I really need money, so I'll continue to search."

The Debate

The online reaction to her video was overwhelming, with over 10 million views.

Thousands of people identified with her plight, leaving comments of support and solidarity. Many shared their own struggles in finding employment, highlighting the difficulty of navigating today's job market despite qualifications.

However, the debate sparked by this story goes beyond practical advice. It questions the educational system and the job market itself.

There is a clear discrepancy between what universities teach and what the job market actually demands. The question arises: how can we bridge this gap and ensure young people have the necessary skills to succeed professionally?

Furthermore, @lohannysant's story also raises broader questions about dignity in work and economic equity.

No one should feel humiliated in seeking employment, yet the reality is that many find themselves in similar situations, forced to fight for jobs that offer little respect and sustenance.

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