Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Thoughts of an Unemployed Graduate

Well this was fun for like a month, when I was busy with graduations, grad ball, visiting family in Ireland, but now I'm down to the nitty gritty of perfecting my CV and trying to find a job. So many of my friends seem to be on the up already with jobs, or jobs lined up, or starting their masters. Meanwhile I'm sat at home trying not to drive my family crazy by following them about the house.

So many jobs in my field require certain experience, or 1-2 years of experience working in a lab. They lie when they say it's a graduate job, what they really mean is 'has a degree, and at least two years of experience'. Where do I get this experience then?!

*Whispers* was uni even worth it? One of the jobs I'm applying for doesn't even require a degree and it's possibly the job I want the most! Maybe I have the edge over other applicants then... I don't really believe uni wasn't worth it, it's not for everyone, but it was deffo the right choice for me. Hopefully the knowledge and experience gained from my course will help me climb the career ladder faster than if I hadn't gone!

'What shall I do now?' is one of my daily thoughts. I'm not endlessly applying to jobs at the moment as I want to remember who I've applied to work for and come across as really on top of things (which I obviously am...). I'm easing myself back into blogging but I'm gonna do it myyyy waaayyy and try to stop reading so many 'How to Blog' and similar posts. Ya'll keep repeating the same shit and if I'm brutally honest I think all these blogging 'rules' and 'tips' have taken away a lot of the creativity and individuality of many blogs (mini-rant over #sorrynotsorry)

Can I afford to go for drinks or out for lunch (again)? My bank balance is dwindling and I don't even have student loans to fall back on anymore, or savings. Luckily I haven't been able to spend any money in my bank accounts 'cos I was, unluckily, a victim of fraud and the bank had to cancel my cards and block my accounts etc. Don't worry, it's all sorted now. I don't know why they bothered hacking into my bank accounts when there's next to nothing to steal! I have enough clothes and stuff, but I want money for experiences. Like holidays and travelling, even visiting places around the UK.

Hopefully this job search won't take too long. I'm giving myself to the start of October to find employment, if I don't I'll have to alter my game plan and what I'm applying to. I'm also keen to move out of my parents' house (again) and gain back the kind of independence I had while living somewhere else for uni. I'm eternally grateful for their support and the roof over my head during this time. I'm very fortunate to have such supportive parents, and that they have the space and can afford to house me until I find a job. I know not everyone has that privilege.

I'll leave you with a couple of decent graduation photos and a less-decent-slightlyvery-drunk selfie from grad ball!

Good luck to anyone else on the job hunt! If you have any advice for me and others in my position please let us know in the comments! Or just some words of good luck and motivation would suffice.

17 comments :

  1. I definitely feel you hear Amber! Reading through this I found myself nodding along, but don't give up. My job search took a little while but in-between I volunteered a lot and this definitely helped to not only find me employment but also to keep me busy, and I do think studying was worth it as the extra oomph my degree game me, as well as the extra skills helped me land my first job in the digital mapping industry, so don't give up hope! - Tasha

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  2. Thank you lovely :) <3 I applied to seven jobs yesterday, mostly nearby as well, and got a call from one of the recruiters straight away! They still have to send my CV to the company but she sounded super positive on the phone, and it made me feel more positive! I'm so excited to be employed and start working :D xo

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  3. No worries! I hope you get something soon. That's great that one of the recruiters got back to you so quickly too. It'll happen for you soon! :D

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  4. Best of luck with your job search - it's pretty brutal when you first graduate but just keep doing what you're doing and you'll get there in the end.

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  5. Thank you Sorcha! I'm excited for the next chapter :) xo

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  6. Just came back across to say thank you for all of the kind comments recently! Hope everything is going well for you lovely <3 - Tasha

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  7. Good luck with the job search! Don't be too hard on yourself, you have just done a degree! Big love!

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  8. Good luck with the job search beaut! I can't wait for you to find your dream one, it'll come I promise <3 http://www.britishmermaid.com

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  9. my husbands in the same boat! graduated and no jobs to go to for his sector (law) after alot of tears, waiting, frustration and a 5 year wait of changing jobs he is now in a law firm and is going back to uni to do the next step of the degree as part of his training (u need a masters to actually practice law, the 3 years course at uni is not enough even if u do get a first!!) good luck job searching, never give up and keep trying! things will fall in to place even if it seems that you dont get to where u want to be as smoothly as thought xx http://sarahinwonderlust.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/yeehaa.html

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  10. Ah bless you're so kind! Thank you! <3 xoxo

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  11. Thank you :)) yeh I just gotta keep telling myself that! Thanks for the support <3

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  12. Thank you so much :))

    Also your blog is amazing, I'm so in love with your style! <3

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  13. Oh my stars! Good luck to your husband with his masters and his new job! I worry I need a masters for some of the jobs I want to do so I might end up going back to it in a few years, I so need a break from education though, it's as exhausting as a job and you don't get paid for it!

    Thank you so much for your support <3

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  14. I totally feel this! I'm working part time as a waitress now because I just can't get a degree related job, lol I cry. Also you looked considerably more sober than I was at gradball! xx

    Kimberley // thecolourchronicles.com

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  15. That's something at least! If I don't find something by the start of October I'm gonna get a lil job like that too and carry on looking! Hha thank you ;) I think there were worse ones, this was the best I could find :P xo

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  16. I can totally relate to this I was a graduate for a year before finding a job. Don't worry you'll find something soon, good luck!

    Ella xx
    www.inellaselement.co.uk

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