Well, this is going to be steam-of-consciousness style because I don't really know what I'm looking for, maybe just to rant, or maybe just to figure out if there's something wrong with me.
Yes, it's been 8 months since I graduated from an Ivy League school with my Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. I've submitted over 50 applications and networked with over 20 people in the field. I even attended a career fair in the city where I'd like to relocate. I've worked with recruiters in my field and gotten employee referrals. I've read several books and articles on resumes, cover letters, and interviews. So far, I've gotten 7 interviews, but nothing has come through.
I try to remember the common stock phrases everyone keeps telling me: "Well, it IS a bad economy right now." "Something will come through sooner or later." "Don't give up!" But I don't know how much longer I can take this.
I've applied to jobs that require a Bachelor's degree with no experience - I was told that I was overqualified and would be "bored". I've applied to jobs that require a Bachelor's degree with ~3 years of experience, hoping my Master's degree can compensate - I was "warned" that there were several other candidates with more experience. I've applied to jobs that require a Master's degree with no experience - no word from those. I think my Master's degree might actually be hurting and not helping.
What am I doing wrong? Is there something wrong with me? I feel myself sliding further and further into depression each day. My 9 side wants to think on the positive side and be optimistic, but my 1 side is telling me how pathetic I am and my 3 side is suffering from the feeling of inadequacy. Not to mention my Self-Preservation side which is screaming and crying in protest.
If anyone has any insights, I would love to hear them. Thanks for reading.