1) Determine if you are actually underemployed or if you are just “paying your dues”.
A part-time barista interested in owning her own coffee shop may not be bringing home a substantial paycheck right now, but she isn’t necessarily underemployed. Why? Because – though it may not be the managerial job she wanted – her current position is definitely on the right career track. Whereas an aspiring chemical engineer working as a barista would definitely classify as underemployed. Consider your current position and your career goals to determine if you truly fit this description.
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