Recently-ish (about 7 months ago) I graduated from college. Since then I've been applying to any job that is remotely applicable to my business degree and haven't even been called for an interview.
Congratulations for earning the degree. Even better, good work on making Summa Cum Laude.
So my question, Should I go for a minimum wage job which is going to stress me out by its nature (but will give me less time to think about my anxiety and less scoffs from others) or should I continue pushing for a job that applies to my degree and be anxious waiting? It just seems like either way I lose...
Sounds like you're the hamster on the wheel, and you keep on spinning and spinning, but your in the same place, running anxious. Eh?
You really just need to some basic CBT work, which is redirect your focus. Everybody here has given you great advice, like stay busy or work at a volunteer place. However, your thinking is very lazy. Sorry, for being blunt. If you can discipline yourself to get good grades, you should discipline about how you direct your thinking. '
A good way to shift focus is to get out a notebook, and for twenty minutes in the morning, and later in the evening, write out positive aspects of where you are now. Stop focusing on not having the right job, now, or working at a mininum wage job. You're just complaining and not seeing the bright side of things. So to make you feel more positive, begin to write a list (and don't make the count important as the feeling) and write out something good about where you are now.
You can appreciate you don't have to study all night for a test that made you anxious.
You can appreciate not having to waste money on gas to get to school. (It's not huge, but it can feel better.)
You can appreciate a lot of twenty somethings, like yourself, are looking for better paying jobs, not just you, due to the economy. (Again, it's not huge, but you're beginning to see things differently, and improving your feeling.)
You can appreciate you have extra time to make dinner for your boyfriend, since you never had time when you were in school and working two jobs. Significant others love it when their partner makes them dinner. It's very romantic
You can appreciate having time to explore new cooking. Aren't there some good cooking shows on YouTube you can check out for ideas?
You can appreciate you have time to take it slow, before you get the higher paying job, because those higher end jobs have more stress, and right now you just want to take it slower.
You can appreciate your not even twenty five yet. It's not like you don't have an extra forty more years, until you retire, to find that ideal job.
Anyway - I wrote your statements, and I feel better.
If you write out those statements, or even better, once you create your own statements after twenty minutes, you'll feel better. After a week of doing this AM and PM, you'll have different attitude on the whole situation. You'll also be less anxious about taking a minimum wage job, because you'll have felt better that you can relax. With a redirection in focus, you can see things differently, and improve the way you feel.
Not to mention, that high paying job will come soon. You have the degree. You just need your resume on a site like Monster, and the right recruiter will be calling you to set up that interview!
I'm good with money to a point but when you have to deal with a constant line of people with large balances it just stresses me out. I feel that I would be a good cashier in a mellower place but Target, Walmart, a grocery store, or a bank teller just seems to be too much money! I always start second guessing myself and doing math wrong and mentally freaking out!
Didn't you graduate with a business degree? I graduated with a business degree too, and I love money. LOL. Don't tell your future employer that you don't like looking at large amounts of cash, especially if you want to make higher levels of money.
You probably wrote that paragraph with the intent to justify your fear, and I may have untactfully deemed it silly. I mean - how can you not like lots of money if you understand business. However, know it's relevant to perception. This issue doesn't' have to be an issue, unless you make it.
You can, however, see things differently, by shifting your focus with the written exercise, I mentioned. Over a few days, you won't see so much lack in your life, like you do now, because you will have changed your focus. I hope you try the exercise.