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Accepted a job but I feel over qualified

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Question - (14 November 2017) 6 Answers - (Newest, 15 November 2017)
A female age 22-25, anonymous writes:

Hi. I have done my postgraduation in biotech in 2014. Since then till now at end of 2017, I am continuously giving interviews for research post. As some people may know, there are very less jobs in biotech in India and that too ask for NET qualification and experience. I am frustrated and depressed. One of my relatives suggested me to stop banging my head for a particular job and look for something else to divert my mind from frustration and keeping cool. I decided to try that option and I applied for a post of science teacher internship (paid internship) which has an eligibility criteria for a mere graduate or undergraduate. I got selected after an interview. Now I feel that I am so much much more qualified than the requirement of job. I feel this is a below my dignity job. What should I do? Anything else I can do to get myself out of frustration?

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A female reader, femmenoir Australia + , writes (15 November 2017):

femmenoir agony auntI should also add, do never forget that EVERY SINGLE JOB, on earth, exists because it has it's place in society and because it's required and needed.

Don't forget that ever.

I work within the medical field and i regard myself as well educated and certainly not beneath anybody who may hold a higher credential than myself.

My jobs important, because it helps those who are ill and it helps to save lives, so too, your job has it's purpose and it will serve it's purpose in mainstream society, just as everybody's job does.

I'm proud of myself and my achievements, however, i am not arrogant nor narcissistic and i do not think that i am bigger and better than any other being.

I was raised to RESPECT everybody, regardless of class, ranking, title and position and most people i know are of the same view.

Learn to be more humble and if/when you get the chance, tell others to be too.

Don't ever stand there and allow those around you to belittle people that they "blindly" believe are "beneath them".

Always spread positivity when the opportunity presents itself.

Good luck!

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A female reader, femmenoir Australia + , writes (15 November 2017):

femmenoir agony auntMay i say, do not carry so much arrogance and behave so narcissistically.

You may have credentials, however, you've no proper, nor real practical experience, so there's no need to get yourself so worked up and to feel so embarrassed.

To even say, "this is a below my dignity job", not a very polite/respectful thing to say is it?

You are not above and beyond everything, you are human and you are still learning and mastering all the ropes, just like the rest of us.

Within your culture, great emphasis is placed upon "ranking", "class", "position and title" and so many other things, however, don't let even these cultural beliefs make you feel that you aren't good enough, or that you must fly to the top so soon, just to prove something or to make a point to others.

I think your reaction and your feelings have a lot to do with what others will think and say, moreso than what you really think and feel.

Who cares if you have to start at the bottom and work your way up the ladder?

This is normal when you've little practical experience and actually, you should take whatever job you can get for now and when you've acquired more practical experience, skills and above all else, KNOWLEDGE, you will have the power to make more choices regarding your career path and future.

You are already well qualified, but you require much more experience on the job and until that happens, you'll always be placed in untasteful situations, but this is only BECAUSE your standards are so, so high.

Take this job and be happy to have been chosen, because good jobs don't always present themselves, nor do they come to all who apply, so don't be too critical and simply give it a go.

I'm sure your future will be very bright, but do learn not to be so strict, so hard, so critical and so judgemental.

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A female reader, Andie's Thoughts United Kingdom + , writes (14 November 2017):

Andie's Thoughts agony auntI feel that millennials are too often judged based on the few who are arrogant and entitled, WiseOwlE ;)

OP, in the nicest possible way, you need to grow up and knock yourself down a peg or two. Being snobby about "dignity" is a bad trait to have. Sure, know your worth, but don't disrespect the job.

Teaching is an incredibly important career and it is *not* below scientists, surgeons, businessmen/women, etc. Do you feel the same about nurses? Cleaners? Fast food workers? Shop workers?

Seriously, you need to take a step back and appreciate the opportunities you are given in life. Take the internship. Learn. Be modest. Be humble. Grow as a person.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (14 November 2017):

Take the opportunity. Even if it isn't a forever job or career, it's better than nothing. All experience is good experience. And you are more likely to be offered a job in research once you have some experience on your CV. Alternatively, If there aren't many jobs in biotech in India, maybe you need to consider working abroad for a few years. Once you have moved up the career ladder you may find work again back in India in your preferred field.

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A male reader, WiseOwlE United States + , writes (14 November 2017):

That's the difference between the wisdom of the elders and the ambition of youth. Too many millennials walk into a position with the attitude they know it all and their superior intellect is going to waste.

So all whom were there before you, must bow in honor of thine holy and magnificent presence?

Well my dear, you know a lot; but exactly where have you applied all this knowledge you carry around with you in such bountiful and unlimited supply? You have qualifications and no experience.

As higher-management in a large company; I need experience as well as education. You have plenty of education; by no means does that make you fully-qualified.

Keep that job, and don't place all your confidence on your diplomas and academic credentials; but prove you have some experience in putting what you know into application.

Kudos to your most wise and intelligent relatives. Listen to them. Humble yourself while you're at it. Arrogance is not proof of superior intellect, it's a blatant display of narcissism!

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A male reader, Denizen United Kingdom + , writes (14 November 2017):

Denizen agony auntTake the job. In life you cannot always expect to walk into a top job. You do whatever you have to, in order to bring in a wage and be self-supporting. Remember it isn't for ever, and you may even enjoy it.

At the moment the old pre-frontal cortex is working overtime trying to protect you by inventing worst-case scenarios to warn you of possible impending disasters. Don't listen. Give it a go. What have you got to lose? Is it better to be an unemployable postgrad or one who got stuck in? Go for it lady!

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