How Your Ego is Stopping You From Getting a Job

“Finding a job with a Master’s degree will be easy.”

Grad school gives you an ego. First, it nearly cripples you with anxiety and imposter syndrome, takes all your money, and isolates you from your friends and family, but then— it gives you an ego. As someone that barely made it through high school with grades that didn’t make my parents cringe, getting accepted to university at all was a shock. This made grad school particularly rewarding. My inflated ego and I  finished up in Toronto in the Spring and applied for a dozen or so jobs. A few weeks passed and we were applying for a dozen each day. Shortly after that we were doubling our wine intake and we quickly became me as my ego shriveled up and died when I accepted a mediocre job to pay the rent. Long story short, that job didn’t work out and after a few weeks off work and a huge reality check, I hopped off my high horse. Getting a master’s degree was an achievement, but it was not and is not the answer to all my problems. Shortly after, I accepted an entry-level position within my field and have since tamed my ego.

My career focus is largely based in digital media. I create a ton of social media strategies and marketing plans. In the same way that little kids thinking eating bacteria filled sand is cool, I think what I do is pretty cool. I get it. It’s not for everyone. Just a few weeks ago, I had a lady abandon her coffee after waiting fifteen minutes in line because she was that disgusted by my career choice. Like I said, it’s not for everyone.

Millennial vs. the world

I would like to be able to say that I am a proud millennial, but the truth is, I am just a millennial. It’s not that I am ashamed to be a part of this generation, but I am sure it wouldn’t surprise you if I was. If you keep your eyes and ears open for any length of time, you have likely heard a thing or two about us and our constant will to ruin everything good in the world. In fact, I searched the term ‘millennial’ earlier and the first headline I came across stated, “Millennials can’t afford houses because of bachelorette parties.” I don’t think any of us have the time or patience to even begin to address that. For a long time I was able to breeze by articles like this with little skin off my back; however, things quickly became more apparent when I started working in my field. I was doing some content creation for a prior employer and they asked me not to use the term ‘millennial’ in my work as it would dissuade older generations from following their brand. The sad thing is, they probably weren’t wrong.

In an age where we talk to little circle shaped speakers and tell them to play a 7th episode of Suits on a Sunday, I must admit I understand where some of the judgement comes from. However, I often wonder if all this flack is just a product of our own imagination. We take heat for posting on social media too much and for reading articles online instead of in print. Ironically, most of the heat we get for these habits are found on the exact channels we are criticized for using. While it is fairly hypocritical to complain about the generation of social media on social media, it would also be unfair to criticize people expressing their opinion on the exact platforms we defend. At the end of the day, we often have to check our expectations because in the same way that you can’t expect a degree to get you a job, you can’t expect kids to stop eating sand.

Maybe you’ve had better (or worse) experiences, either way- I would love to hear them! Comment below and let me know.




About Zoe:

Zoe is a 23-year-old caffeine-addicted digital media strategist with a tendency to bite off more than any reasonable person would chew. She specializes in social media marketing campaigns and spends most of her free time writing lifestyle blogs. Zoe stumbled her way through grad school and is currently living to tell the tale.


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