I may have a bad attitude about this, but it's incredibly difficult to not feel this way if all you've been facing from the job market is constant rejection. I don't doubt you worked hard, but you probably had some success early on and that justified to you to continue to plug through. If I knew that I was at least getting somewhere and making some progress, then of course I would continue trying to get an interview somewhere. But, after countless resumes sent and tailoring cover letters for each position and with no response, that's enough evidence for me that I probably have about the same chances of getting a job as I do of getting struck by lightning.florch wrote: ↑You can't take rejection seriously from any job you were hoping for. Cast a wide net and take the best you can get on the day you graduate. Once you have a job, spend your free time looking for a better job with a narrower net - there's no point moving sideways. Apply, rinse and repeat. I don't see how you can help but move beyond min wage.
I have never had a minimum wage job since before I finished high school, and I've never been unemployed for more than a couple of weeks, during which time I worked harder to find a job than I did working 40 hours a week. ATTITUDE - yours sort of sucks. You have all these people on here pumping your tires because we all know you can do better and should expect more. Now go drink some cement and harden up (don't really drink cement, it's just an expression).
When I see the people around me are struggling to get anything but a minimum wage job, I know that my experiences are not some extremely isolated case as a few in this thread are trying to suggest. Given the above post, I'd guess you graduated in a skilled or regulated profession that is consistently in demand. For most university graduates, this is simply not reality and they could easily find themselves applying for thousands of jobs for years on end without a single interview being granted. This is just the new reality. I'm surprised so many in this thread are sheltered from this and appear shocked that university graduates are working minimum wage jobs.