First of all, I may seem like I'm about to ask a lot of questions that lead to other questions that may not lead to anywhere, but take that as an indication of how lost I feel. I'm 22 and I just graduated from a good public university with a degree in Accounting. I have a great GPA (3.5, not counting a 3.8 in junior college), but I honestly feel like that's all I have to show for it. When I wasn't in class, I was either studying, online or playing Xbox (I wasn't much of a partier). And I was also in the accounting club, but virtually everyone else in the major was anyway. I'd also go to the annual 'networking' events, but I've always been very nervous and just probably came off as uninteresting (not necessarily poorly, but not standing out much either), and every firm just regurgitated the (same) process of applying through the career center. Managed to get about 10 interviews while still a student, and except for the few that threw the hardball questions the whole time, they all seemed to go well. I got rejected from second interviews from all but one firm, and I thought that second one went nearly PERFECT; I even heard positive reassurance midway throughout. Heartbreakingly rejected. After having graduated this August, I've managed only one interview after dozens of resume sendings. Passed the phone interview, went in-person, thought that went well, rejected. I've even been to a few staffing agencies, including another branch of the same one I got my only two-months of (clerk-level) accounting experience through, just to be told that there were no jobs for someone with my limited experience, though admittedly blaming it on the economy. Now if I ended my post here with a reflectionary question or two, I'm sure this thread would mostly be about interview preparation. But now here's where this thread will probably split off into many tangents. 1) My life experience is quite limited, and of what's there, I can't remember or conjure it up in a useful way. All I really have to show on my resume was about two months of low-grunt-level accounting work that a high school graduate could do (though this was after my junior year so I hadn't gotten my degree yet), with really no sense of accomplishment and a vague feeling that one of their clients didn't like me for some extremely minor reason, though I may be exaggerating there. I also had two years' worth of being a cashier at Home Depot, but I've forgotten many noteworthy experiences from there that could be used to answer a behaviorial question. Even though I was one of their favorite cashiers, I never got to progress into a leadership role because of scheduling incompatibility, and when I was finally able to work full-time, I was about to leave anyway. The only real leadership experience I've had was moderating a forum, but frankly, I think I was a crappy leader. I just wanted to lock threads. :evil: The point of it is, the only significant accomplishment I can think of is graduating college with the GPA I did, but that'd just be kind of 'blah'. And I did get merit badges at Home Depot, but that's really it. I feel book-smart, but I feel so deficient in "street-smarts" that I don't feel any good coming out of it. I don't feel like I have very much to show for my 22 years here, and I wonder how I'm supposed to differentiate myself to appear the best when I realistically only seem average/mediocre. 2) I don't know if I want to pursue accounting anymore. A friend once told me, in the context of job rejections, that things usually happen for a reason - i.e. it's not because I sucked the interview hardcore, but that maybe I wasn't meant to work in this field. Most of those 10 on-campus interviews were for CPA firm auditing, but that was before I had taken a class on it, and under the guise that everyone basically started in auditing anyway. I took the auditing class later, and quickly found out that I was just not interested in it at all, so I felt a little better about the rejections in retrospect, and though I sort of liked tax and cost accounting, my confidence level has just taken such a beating that I'm, at best, indifferent about pursuing this career further. Although I do plan to take the CPA exam, I'm only doing so because a family member has agreed to pay the $800 fee to take it as a gift, and had I had to come up with the money myself at this point, I'd most likely not do it, which does leave me feeling quite bad about it. What's that? Family member? A CPA? Surely this must mean... 3) People say it's always "who you know", but I don't feel like I know anyone that could really benefit me. I've just always been real shy and introverted. I've already spoke with him regarding job leads that his associates would know of. There are none. And I don't know anyone else that can benefit me. My other family members are in fields that don't interest me. My friends' employers (if they are employed) just aren't hiring. And I never really developed a lot of connections in school. In fact, as irrational as it sounds, I've even started fearing them because of their job successes. Somehow, me and this girl in class started chatting on a normal basis (though I will mention that I've never had, nor was ever looking for a significant other, but that'd be for another thread). Then (and this was before, but not why, I started getting apathetic) I found out she got hired on by one of the Big 4, and for some reason, I just stopped talking to her. We were pulling the same grades, but I just couldn't talk to her, for fear of inferiority complex. 4) If I don't want to pursue accounting, I don't know what else to. I've always had kind of a passion for real estate, but this being a TERRIBLE time to get into it, combined with an apathetic confidence level and not really having a lot of cash have psychologically prevented me from getting into it. I feel like I could be a decent realtor, but I'd have to eat into my already low savings to market myself and/or stay alive, and I'd have to combat my shyness. Which brings me to sales. I think I could be a good salesperson, if the definition of salesperson is strictly matching what a company provides to what a customer desires. But then my shyness/introversion gets the worst of me. I could get into computers/IT, but I haven't really programmed anything aside from just HTML/CSS, I can't answer why certain methodologies would be better than others, and although I'm quite good at home computer stuff (building the systems, troubleshooting, virus/spyware removal and home networking, but my knowledge of that is intermediate at best), a lot of entry-level IT jobs seem to require this daunting laundry-list of skills and experience that I realistically can't learn unless I step out of the comfort zone (home) and into the twilight zone (a failed job application). 4.5) Let's back-track for a second and suppose that I wanted to still pursue accounting, but understandably at this time, I can only get jobs that would be significantly below the level of a good recent graduate. I'm worried that a future employer would discount a crappy 'first job out of college' on the basis that I couldn't find anything better, when suppose that I really couldn't on account of the economy, and that I just needed some money coming in. I know I just asked several mouthfuls, but I just need some guidance to get me out of living in this apathetic state of existence in any direction I possibly, and realistically, can. I also know that this is going to sound a bit superficial, but I've always had this desire and feeling that someday, somehow, I will be rich - but that I just don't know exactly how I will. But let's put the 'getting rich' part on the back for now and jump back to the issues at hand, which I'll summarize very briefly for those that just scrolled to the bottom: I haven't accomplished much, I'm jobless, my confidence is extremely low, I'm jobless, I'm too shy, I'm apathetic, I'm feeling uncertain about my degree path, I'm jobless, I'm feeling uncertain about alternate paths, I'm jobless, and I know that I'd have the determination, even if I can't possibly prove it now.