Time was you'd get your degree and you were ready. Today, of course, education is ongoing and unending. I'm not sure the world is really moving faster, I am sure a lot more is expected of us each day. Whether the quality of our output has improved or not, we succeed first and foremost because we showed up—paraphrasing Woody Allen, unless someone else with the same idea showed up before he did.
I find it useful to wake up each day with selective amnesia. I remember only what I need to know to keep trying. I hope you keep trying too.
I am trying to get some leads on some good writing assignments. When I find them, I'll post them here, assuming they can be shared.
Write when you find work.