Dear Annie: I'm a young professional, and I have nothing left. After eight months of searching for a job in my field, I moved to a small town 12 hours away from family and friends to take a graduate-friendly position. Two months in, the firm let me go, saying there wasn't enough work for me. To make matters worse, my successful friends back home are telling me about the jobs they love and the exotic vacations they're taking.
Annie, I feel like such an idiot. I have always been the good son who worked hard, volunteered, went to college, got good grades, finished his degree and put in long hours at an after-school job. I sacrificed so much and put off all the things I wanted to do so I could be the “perfect candidate” who gets the great job, the nice car and the house. Now I'm homesick, on government assistance and no closer to finding work. I'm convinced it's all been for nothing.