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How It Feels To Be an Unemployed Graduate, As Told By ‘Game of Thrones’

Your life as a graduate was promised to be one of amazing opportunity, but some parts of it really don’t live up to the expectations. Here’s a little run down of what will probably happen, with a little help from Game of Thrones.

1. After graduation you come back to your home town.

Your uni friends are so far away and the uni bubble has well and truly burst.

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2. You start job hunting with optimism.

“Everything will be fine, I’ll just apply for a job and get one”, You think to yourself naively.

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3. But this optimism dries up very quickly.

So many jobs, but not that many you actually WANT to apply for.

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4. Until there is very little of it left.

Your ambitions, which at uni seemed achievable, now feel out of reach.

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5. But you keep trying.

Because you believe in yourself – you will get there.

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6. You try to make yourself stand out from all the other applicants.

All two thousand of them, probably.

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7. But the grad jobs seem to want ten years of experience and two degrees.

Ah yes. Perfectly doable.

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8. And the part time jobs at the high street stores say you’re over qualified.

That’s cool. I didn’t want the discount bonuses of working for Zara anyway…

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9. At family gatherings, someone will no doubt ask you how the job hunt is going.

They will, as a result, now be at the top of your ‘hate’ list.

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10. Followed by “What do you want to do with your life?”

Please make it stop.

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11. So you avoid such questions with alcohol.

Any and all of the alcohol will do nicely.

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12. When another rejection email lands in your inbox.

Yippee.

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13. You start to lose all hope of getting a half-decent job.

And accept that a life of shame is ahead of you.

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14. Then a glimmer of hope – a response from a potential employer.

This can’t be happening.

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15. You got an interview!

Oh my actual God.

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16. But then the interviewer seems less than impressed.

If only you had those ten years of experience and that extra degree…

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17. You don’t get the job.

You can’t even get the jobs you don’t want that much. Fantastic.

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18. So you get back on the job search.

Begrudgingly and slightly bitterly.

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19. But you manage to find a job you really want and try to stay calm.

Deep breaths.

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20. You apply, have an interview and wait to hear back.

The slowest and most agonising wait of your life.

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21. Until you finally – finally – get a job!

Chuffed is an understatement.

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Graduate life may be filled with just as much stress as uni itself was. But, don’t worry guys, we got this.

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