The unrealized / unsuccessful graduate
Diana Apostolova
Within the project, I would like to investigate cases of young people (not following the formal statutory definition that identifies young people as those under 29 years old) who have successfully completed higher education but who define themselves as unrealized or unsuccessful. My intention is to link this feeling of unsuccessfulness and failure only to their inability to become a part of a specific professional field that they designate as desired. To me, of particular interest is the contemporary interpretation of “professional duty” by young people and the trajectory of their professional realization, which either happens to be delayed in time or becomes an impossible or already undesirable event, leaving an existential “niche” (gap) that is assigned to the calling. I expect these cases to allow me to reach the forms of “little suffering” of which the common sense says “it could be worse” or “there is nothing to complain about”, thus leaving the sufferer to reside in the ambivalence of semi-sharing, the reconciled bearing of the unbearable, and the circumstances that give rise to it – “in the order of things”. However, the suffering is caused by a collision of social positions and, as such, subjectively generates ambivalent or disjointed dispositions (see Deyanov, Sabeva, Petkov 2015).