I hate the fact that most graduates in the UK are unemployed for at least six months before they find a job and even then it isn’t the job that they were hoping for. What’s the point in spending three years of your life working hard, putting yourself in debt and almost tearing your hair out with stress if you can’t do something with your degree? It all seems pretty pointless to me. I really enjoyed my degree but now I’m at home, bored and waiting for a job to appear. I’m starting to feel frustrated with the lack of jobs in my area.
I’ve been searching extensively for a job since April, when I completed my final university class. I wanted to get ahead and apply for positions early. I did everything right but I’ve had no results. I have applied for loads of jobs, I’ve had two unsuccessful interviews but I’m still searching job sites daily to find a job that will kick start my career. When is the world going to give me a break? I work hard; I’ve done my share of voluntary positions, I’ve built my portfolio. I think I have enough talent and I know I have the ambition but nobody wants to take the chance and hire me for a full time position
There is something that is more frustrating than my current position; it’s the people around me. They are starting to sound like a broken record; they keep saying ‘why don’t you just get ANY job?’ Well, I don’t want just ANY job. I didn’t just spend three years of my life studying a degree for nothing. I don’t want to spend months doing a job that I don’t enjoy. I feel like I would be taking a step backwards and I want to move forward. Start a career and start doing what I love doing, write. I would love to either write for a magazine, work in a publishing house or go into copy writing but it’s so difficult to get a junior position these days!
It’s frustrating, when I search the job app on my phone every day that there aren’t many writing related jobs in the Manchester area. The majority of the sector is located in London, which is seriously annoying. I don’t want to move down south, I like it in the north but there are more job opportunities in London. I often wonder why publishing companies and magazines are only in London. What about the rest of the UK? Don’t we deserve something in the north too?
I keep hoping for the best and I’ve come to terms with the fact that now that I will have to just get any job, I don’t have the choice any more. Possibly a retail job, temporary work in a café or small shop, as long as it’s something. It’s only going to be temporary and it will only be a last resort because my bank account is looking emptier by the minute. What it won’t do is dampen my ambition. I will get to where I want to be and if that means I have to cross a few more stepping stones to get there, then I will have to hold my head up high and say – I’m not giving up, I’m on my way to achieving my dream.