11 Struggles Graduates Face When Looking For a Job
Finally, all those all-nighters and early morning lectures have paid off in the form of a lovely new degree. The next step is entirely up to you – the world is your oyster. Well, at least that’s what people keep telling you.
In practice? You’re two months out of university and that final student loan payment is starting to run thin. But fear not! You’re not alone in this – in fact, here are a few struggles recent graduates have all had when looking for work:
1. You’re still not qualified enough.
You see a job you like the look of – you can handle the hours, the pay’s decent and it’s even in an area you want to go into. Great…until you realise your new degree just isn’t enough. Whether it’s a diploma or specialised training, you’re missing something these people want.
2. No one in your field is hiring.
The whole point of getting a degree is to really start to get into the details of your area of interest, right? But no matter where you look, there is no one in your field of study who wants to give you a job.
3. Your family just don’t get it.
“I had a job straight out of university!” Good for you, but you went to uni in a very different time. Believe us, if we could get a job, we’d have a job. Acting like we’re not trying is doing no one any favours.
4. The internship vs. job debate.
The internship is great for experience and connections, but the job will actually pay you. Unless you’re one of the lucky few who finds a place that actually pays their interns.
5. You’ve got friends with jobs, but they won’t help you.
”Yeah, must be really tough having a job and earning money… hey, your place isn’t hiring is it? Any chance you might be able to put in a good word for me? Come on, we could work together! How awesome would that be? …Please?!”
6. The seemingly endless rejection emails.
Eventually, anything along the lines of “we have read through your application and we’re sorry to say you haven’t got what we’re looking for” isn’t even upsetting anymore. It’s just a part of your daily life and you’re actually learning to accept it.
7. Watching your bank balance slowly get smaller.
The longer you’re unemployed, the longer you go without a source of cash. And without the comfort of another student loan injection in a few months time, checking your bank account is starting to become an event you really need to brace yourself for.
8. You’re bored.
Perhaps on par with being (nearly) broke, you also have nothing to do. No lectures, no assignments, no job… yes, the freedom of being able to go out with your friends whenever is fun at first, but eventually you begin to want work just to have something to do.
9. You physically feel your standards dropping.
When the job hunt first started, you knew exactly what kind of work you were looking for, what hours you wanted and the ideal locations for you. But time has gone on, and now you realise that you’ll take any job that someone’s willing to pay you to do.
10. The mini-crisis that only happens at night.
What am I doing with myself? Why did no one prepare me for all this? Can’t I just go back to uni where everything was easier? Am I ever going to get work? All big questions and all saved for 2 in the morning when you just can’t sleep.
11. And realising you have no smart clothes. At all.
Luck’s on your side – you’ve got an interview! You throw open your wardrobe, ready to pick out your best ‘hire me’ clothes, only to realise you have none. There’s nothing that looks even remotely like business attire. And the interview’s tomorrow. Don’t panic.