This is the longest time in my life that I have not been in education or working. I wanted to share my experience and the things I’ve learned about being unemployed to help other people in a similar position as myself.
I left college early last year and worked from March – August 2015. I then moved to Swansea and was unemployed for 4 weeks. The first couple of weeks were fine as we were unpacking and exploring the city but Dan went back to uni and I was bored out of my skull. I got a temporary job at Lush from September until January. I had applied for a permanent position after my contract ended but I was unfortunately unsuccessful. Since then I have applied for countless jobs (with no luck) and I worked at a 5-day event in London. Here are the things I have learned since being unemployed
It’s Hard To Get A Job
This sounds obvious but it’s so important. It can be so so difficult to find a job. Because I had such an amazing experience working for Lush, I was being super picky at the beginning of my job search. I would only apply for jobs that appealed to me, and they were few and far between.
It Isn’t Fun For Long
The first couple of weeks are like a holiday! But it gets boring quickly.
It Gets Lonely
I think this one is worse for me because I’m living away from home. It’s Dan’s final year in uni so he has been so busy, and I don’t know a lot of people here so it gets lonely easily.
People Are Busy
When all of your friends are working they won’t have time to do things whenever they want. Obviously this doesn’t change for you if you’re working or not but it becomes more prominent when you have lots of spare time.
It’s Easy To Not Go Out
There was a time that I realised that I hadn’t left the flat in a week. That really freaked me out because I hadn’t even noticed the days that I had spent inside slipping by. I was being so reclusive and that’s not like me. I hope that there is never a time in my life where I don’t leave my home for that amount of time ever again.
Money Gives You Independence
I don’t think money is everything but it is important. The hardest thing about not having a job is not earning my own money. I hate to rely on other people, borrow money or not be able to do something due to lack of money. Money makes the world go around but it also gives you freedom and independence.
I Love Working
Despite early mornings and shitty customers, I really do love working. Not having a job has made me realise how much I enjoy it and how much I miss it. I know that I’ll moan about my future jobs but I will always appreciate them and be thankful for being able to work.
This was a bit of a deeper topic but I feel that it’s something that isn’t spoken openly about very often.
I am going to be moving back home at the end of the month and will hopefully be working at my old job again ASAP – and I cannot wait!