I read in the New York Times that new college graduates are having a terrible time finding jobs, especially jobs that require the degree they now possess. I didn’t really need to read this in the paper, since I have been hearing from graduates, and their anxious parents, about the dismal job market.
I still have some time before my first nestling is faced with this situation, but I already find Selfish Mom facing off against Selfless Mom inside my head. Selfish Mom thinks how nice it would be to have her home, even if it was due to unemployment, while Selfless Mom knows that what I really want is for her to forge out on her own and create a wonderful life that she will still share with me, just not in the same way. Then get all teary-eyed and rail against the concept that we raise children only to let them go, and what kind of a bum deal is that? Then I think about grandchildren and calm down a little. Then I cry some more, because what if they don’t live nearby? It’s a weepy state of affairs, this motherhood thing.
Do the right thing: have your graduate watch ‘How to ace a job interview‘, featuring advice from career coach Maggie Mistal.