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10 Things All Unemployed Graduates Know To Be True

We’ve all been there – you’ve just finished unpacking the last box of your uni life into your tiny childhood room, and you’re suddenly swamped with the feeling of despair, thinking: “what now?”

Leaving university for the real world can be a daunting concept, especially if you haven’t got a job lined up at the end of it. Here are some struggles that I’m sure many of you can relate to whilst being an unemployed graduate:

1. Feeling like you’ve lost your independence.

Moving back from uni usually equals moving back in with your parents. This means no longer doing what you want, when you want, and the lack of money and distance between you and your friends can be a bummer. Yes, the home cooked meals are a bonus, but having your mum text you every hour asking if you’ll be home before 10pm is not.

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2. Everyone wanting to know why you’re unemployed.

“So, when are you going to get a proper job then?” Birthdays, Christmas, even over the Sunday roast, there’s always an eager relative waiting to comment on your current employment status. I don’t know why I haven’t got a job great aunt Susan, why don’t you tell me?

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3. Not knowing what you want to do with your life.

Marketing? Business? Recruitment? There are so many different sectors out there, it’s hard to know which one to settle on. I can barely decide what I want for dinner, let alone which career I want to continue for the foreseeable future. And what if it’s not the right job for me? All these questions are enough to make me want to quit looking altogether.

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4. Endless application forms.

By now, you can class Indeed and Reed as faithful friends, considering the amount of time you spend browsing through their recently added jobs and tweaking your CV to suit the broad spectrum of jobs you’re applying for.

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5. And with applications follow the dreaded rejection emails…

…If you’re lucky enough to get some feedback other than a simple “I’m sorry but you’ve been unsuccessful”. More often than not, it’s down to lack of experience, but please, someone enlighten me. How are you supposed to have professional experience when you can’t get the experience in the first place? Baffling.

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6. Reevaluating everything just to get some cash.

Will my old part time job take back? Is dog walking still a thing? Times are getting tough and the desperation is becoming ever so more visible which each cash withdrawal you make. Thank god for student overdrafts.

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7. Wondering whether you should have just done a Master’s.

They say that you should stay in education until you know what you want to do as a career, don’t they? What’s another £9,000+ when you’re already in stupid amounts of debt? But then again, I’m not sure if I could ever write another piece of academic work, let alone another dissertation.

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8. Boredom.

It’s surprising how quickly you can binge a series on Netflix whilst your friends are at work. At this rate, who knows how long you’ll be able to pay for your subscription.

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9. Secretly not wanting to find a grad job at all.

Having the idea of dropping everything and travelling in the back of your mind makes working a normal 9-5 job even less appealing, especially when you find out that most jobs only have a few weeks of holiday a year at maximum. How boring.

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10. And finally, accepting that you probably won’t find your perfect grad job.

Because perfect jobs don’t really exist, and you’ll probably still be living at home until you’re 30. Sorry mum.

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