10 Things That Prove Being Unemployed Is Actually Pretty Great
Yet another friend has become employed and is moving away to start their new exciting career, leaving you feeling even more sorry for yourself as you send out your thirteenth application of the day.
But you know what, they should be jealous of you. Here are your ten enormous perks to unemployment.
1. Guilt free lie-ins
What better way to start your day than to switch your alarm off, turn over and enjoy another hour of uninterrupted sleep whilst the employed world heads out to begin their 9 to 5. With no more essay deadlines to worry about or exams to cram for, relax in bed for hours and enjoy the prospect of the entire day without any responsibility.
2. Having time to get fit
Remember not to get too lazy, as all this spare time is an ideal calorie burning opportunity to get yourself in shape for the rest of summer. If you’re strapped for cash, get out onto the pavements and shed those university pounds, instead of wasting your rapidly depleting loan on a gym membership.
3. Actually being able to enjoy the sun
Whilst everyone else is trapped indoors in a stuffy office waiting for 5 o’clock to roll past, spend your time topping up your tan, playing rounders in the park and having early afternoon BBQs – making sure you snapchat it to everyone you know that is stuck in work!
4. Having a free calendar
Being available for everything and everyone means you never have to miss out. Use your free calendar to catch up with those you’ve neglected to see whilst at university and meet up with friends you made whilst studying.
5. The return of the house party
After spending three years in a city where nights in clubs and bars are a weekly occurrence, the lack of necessary funds sees a return to the good old house party. Spend the evening reminiscing about your teenage years as once again you bring your own booze and whichever iPod you fancy, making nights in the new nights out. And better yet, you’re unemployed status means you don’t need to worry about school nights.
6. You get free dental care
All unemployed graduates love this four letter word more than any other. FREE. So book yourself an appointment with the dentist while you can because all that vodka and coke at uni has probably done some damage.
7. You can jump head first into festival season
Need a holiday on a budget? Summer is the perfect time as it’s crammed full of music festivals all over the UK. Grab your wellies, tent, a few friends and have the best weekend of your unemployed life.
8. You finally have time to learn all those new skills
Remember telling your house mates about all the amazing things you were going to learn once you didn’t have a dissertation to write and you’d finished your last ever exam? Well, now’s the time. Make a list of instruments you wish you could play, languages you wish you could speak, things you wish you could cook, and work at it.
9. You don’t have to pay back your student loan (yet).
No job means no loan repayment. Putting off the mountain of debt you’re left in for as long as possible is more satisfying than you might think. Relish living at home and not having to face the prospect of bills and taxes for another few months.
10. You don’t need to give up your love for daytime TV
And last but by no means least, the graduated and unemployed experience wouldn’t be complete without a daily dose of Jeremy Kyle and Loose Women. Love them or loath them, you WILL find yourself led on the settee, passing your day listening to Jeremy give yet another patronising, dramatic speech and wondering how Carol Vorderman looks so much hotter than she did twenty years ago.
Of course you need to apply for jobs and you obviously hope the interviews will start flooding in, but don’t panic. The bottom line is to make the most of this time you have, because you don’t know how long your freedom will last.