In this economy and with a college degree, the job market can look daunting and bleak. Well, first off, just because you have a degree does not mean you cannot take a lower, base type job. If you take a lower job, you'll learn, you'll stretch and may find either a job that has qualities you like or a job you definitely do not want to do forever.
Relax, you don't have to do a lower base, entry level job forever. But what you should be doing is planning for your future in a job you would like to do. A lower entry level job will probably have some features about it you do like. So learn to glean those good qualities out and go from there. Maybe the job is dealing with people, and maybe, just maybe, you decide public relations is fun. I worked with many college grads who thought they would, and should, start at the top. Yes, it's been said before, here are dues to be paid. I don't care if your lower jobs expect you to push a broom once in a while, you will still get paid the same, so why fret? Maybe you didn't learn that in college, but you will learn from life experience on any job and that's invaluable. Even emptying wast cans will prove useful if you pay attention. In this economy you need every edge of experience you can get, so make use of it all. Every job is also good on a resume and if you do a bang up job, any job is great for a reference, even a temp job.
In the next installment we will look at how to glean some useful training from jobs to help you sit down to plan what you really want to do when you grow up.
Eventually you'll end up here!