I’m stating the obvious here by acknowledging that I haven’t been writing much on my blog. The main reason for this is that I have spent most of my time job hunting and, consequently, struggling to find a job. (I’m hoping this post doesn’t turn too much into a rant about the job market).
I graduated in July from a good university with a good degree. Though summer seems worlds away now, I know that I enjoyed it. I went on holiday, met up with friends, read a lot and worked part-time to get a little bit of money. I always said that I would start “properly” applying for jobs once I returned from my holiday in September. By “properly” applying I mean going for jobs that I really wanted; what I wanted to turn into a career. I was constantly telling myself that there was no point applying so early on because I wouldn’t be able to accept them and then have to leave to go on a long holiday. Little did I know the amount of time I would spend applying for jobs meant that I probably should have started earlier…
I started applying for jobs in early-September. It’s now the end of November and I don’t have a job yet. In fact, during the 2 months of applying for jobs (non-stop might I add), I have only received ONE call-back. The amount of jobs I have applied for is now probably nearing to 100 and it’s definitely disheartening to apply for so many and receive only ONE response back. I haven’t even received many rejection emails as that’s something companies don’t tend to do anymore. They prefer to just ignore you OR send you a standard email somewhere along the lines of “
I don’t want this post to appear like I have a vendetta against university; I don’t. I imagine if you’ve thought a lot about what you want to do and have actively made steps towards that during your time at university then graduate life will probably be a lot easier for you and your degree worthwhile.
It’s disheartening to see so many job adverts saying how much experience you need when no one will give you a chance to gain any experience. It’s disheartening to be rejected for jobs that don’t require a degree (not that I think I’m special and deserve these jobs just because I have a degree. Definitely not). It’s disheartening to get to the final stage of an interview, the employer to tell you that you have the job and they’ll be in contact in a couple of days only for them to never contact you. It’s disheartening to be back living at home with your parents… I’m very grateful that I have a roof over my head and food to eat but it’s such a huge change from the independence and freedom you feel whilst at university. It’s disheartening to watch others around you succeed while you seem to be taking steps backwards in your life.
I know a lot of people joke around about graduate life and the unemployed graduate but I really think it should be taken seriously for how overwhelming it can be and how much energy and perseverance you have to somehow find within yourself to keep applying for jobs and keep getting rejected.
I hope this helps anyone else who might be struggling with graduate life.
I’ve finally written my thoughts down and given myself a kick up the backside to get going with my blog again so hopefully more posts will be coming soon!
Thanks for reading!