Did I Waste 4 Years In College And $30,000 To Get A Receptionist Job?I didn't start college until I was 25. My parents had a good income but they blew it all on garbage, so I didn't qualify for many grants, but they didn't help me out so I had to wait until their income no longer counted against me when it came to loans and grants. I worked all through college as an administrative assistant, graduated when I was 29, then worked abroad for a year. When I moved back to the USA, the only job I could find was as a receptionist. An almost 31 year-old receptionist with a degree working alongside 20 year olds who are there for their first job.
I hate my job. I feel like people treat me like I'm an idiot because of my position. Most people act like they are better than me, but I have to smile through everything or else I get yelled at. What's worse is that I've interviewed for other positions at the company I work at, but I feel like I can't get a more satisfying job because people can't see past me being a receptionist. I think that I look/sound younger than I am so that doesn't help with people treating me seriously. I want to quit and find something else somewhere else, but I need the (little bit of) money. I know that I'm supposed to be grateful to have any job right now because the economy is tough, but it's so hard to go to work each day and suffer the mental rot of a job that is unchallenging and unsatisfying, especially when I know that it's not going to lead to anything else. I know that I am smart and that I can do so much more, but no one will give me a chance.