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.

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