The current unemployment rate in the United Kingdom is 3.9% and even though that number may seem small and irrelevant to some, it is still an outstanding percent of people who are out of work.
I was one of those people.
I have been one of those people multiple times. I am grateful that I am no longer one of those people. I’m pleased to say that I am no longer unemployed.
When I left University, I had two degrees under my belt and yet, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them.
For years, I worked in pubs pulling pints and earning money so I could spend it on books and food. My degrees were just sitting in their envelopes, hiding under my bed rather than being hung on the wall where I could feel proud of what I’d achieved.
I never had a real direction of career when I left University and I kind of guessed that everything would fall into place but it never did. Even when I tried to become a teacher, the universe didn’t think it was right for me and I gave up before I’d even stepped foot into a classroom.
Travelling to Australia and New Zealand in 2015 was the motivation that I really needed in order to figure out what I wanted in life and even though I’ve never had a five year plan, I do believe that going to the other side of the world made me think about what I truly want in life.
Once I was home, I decided that Marketing was for me but it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows in terms of finding a full time job.
I’ve done work experience, maternity cover, part time jobs, zero hour contract jobs and even jobs that I wish I’d never accepted.
I honestly think I’ve been unemployed longer than I have been employed.
To a lot of people, unemployment seems fun – that you can sleep in, stay in your PJ’s all day, binge watch Netflix, go out shopping and occasionally look for a new job.
The truth is, being unemployed is lonely and after a few weeks, life begins to look fairly shit. You’ll receive pathetic rejection emails, you’ll get your hopes up about certain jobs, you’ll get lucky with interviews, you won’t always hear back from said interviews, but then you’ll strike gold with a job and you’ll no longer be unemployed.
During your time of unemployment, people will continually ask you how your day was despite them knowing it was crap. They’ll ask you what you did today, knowing full damn well that all you did was watch Gilmore Girls whilst hopelessly applying for jobs. Your parents will ask how you’re doing for money and you won’t tell them that you’re having to use the money that your Nan left you.
But life won’t always be like this. You’ll find work again, you’ll have a routine again and before you can blink, you’re back behind a desk doing what you enjoy doing on a daily basis.
I’m glad that I’m no longer unemployed.