So What Now? Life After University and Joining the Real World

So this is my first blog post, and while it isn’t the most bubbly post like the rest will be, it is important for me to get this off my chest and also explain why I wanted to being blogging.

 

In July, I graduated university with a 2:1 in Advertising, PR and Media Studies. I was thrilled and also very proud of myself, something that is quite rare. But I did it, I made it and now have a degree to my name. At that point, I was still unsure of what career path I wanted to pursue hence why I did not apply for jobs prior to graduation. In that time, I just wanted to focus on my studies and for me, thinking ahead distracts from the now. After a few weeks of celebration and  a well deserved holiday, I was open to careers, mainly in the PR and advertising sectors. I wasn’t set on a job title, I just wanted to get through the door in this industry and learn the ropes and then in a years time, reflect on what I’ve learned and where I  want to be. So yeah, you could say I had a pretty solid plan and was on my way to a promising career, just like I always wanted.

It is now November, I’m still unemployed and guess what, bored out of head. I’ve applied for well over 70 jobs in my field, and lots of other jobs such as shop work, but have not been successful. Let me tell you, it really is a shit time. I’ve been to a handful of interviews, had my CV checked by my university, and spent hours everyday searching through the recruitment websites in the hope of someone giving me a chance… and not one person has. I have done everything by the book, sold myself well, and have devoted all my time to job searching. It is really easy to feel belittled and it’s so difficult not to take rejection personally. I then get the feeling of guilt and judgement from others, for not having a job. This of course was not true, but I couldn’t help but pair unemployment with negativity.

Now, this post isn’t about me feeling sorry for myself and bringing a negative feel to this fresh new blog, but more so to show how I’m dealing with being an unemployed graduate, and to tell those in the same boat that they are not alone. Now being a child of the internet era, I often turn to online discussion pages in times of need, and this is exactly what I did. I looked online at The Student Room and found that there are so so many graduates in my position and feeling exactly the same way. I find comfort in numbers and immediately began to feel better knowing that I’m not alone and more importantly, the way I was feeling was normal. It is clear that companies do need to be much more opened minded about hiring graduates, but at the same time the demand for jobs is so high, not everyone can jump straight into a career.

It is important to remember that these things take time, and that eventually you will get there. What I’ve taken from this is to not put so much pressure on myself and enjoy the now. I am using this time to organise my life, spend more time with my family and fulfil ambitions that I’ve always wanted to do, such as this blog right here. I have always wanted to write about my interests and now I have the time to set it up and make it the best it can be. Not only that, it provides me with more to do and take my mind of the constant job search. I take daily walks and am already feeling so much more content with myself. For those who relate to my current situation I really recommend you look for something to fulfil your days, whether it’s taking up a sport you’ve always wanted to do, or helping others daily, look for something productive to do and start to create more of a structure to the day. Trust me, I know what it’s like to wake up at noon and sit on the sofa watching day time television in your pj’s. While that is great, especially with a hangover on the go, appreciate this time off, as much as it sucks, turn it into a positive to keep a healthy mind and set aside times to apply for jobs rather than it being your life. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Talk to friends, family, or even me if you wish. We’ll get there eventually.

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