Today All Groan Up presents a guest post from Annie, a recent university graduate from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Annie’s pipe dream is to own a petting zoo but in the meantime she writes at Following the Northern Star. Want to write for All Groan Up? Here’s how.
Moving from student life to real life doesn’t seem to be going so smoothly. The economy is as sketchy as a back alley behind a club on a Saturday night and jobs are certainly not aplenty. However, my fellow twenty-somethings, I have some tips for you to help you to keep your chin up in this awkward unemployed limbo that you have now found yourself in.
1. Try to see the good in every situation
Living at home isn’t all that terrible; I’m lucky enough to be able to stay with my parents rent free, but whether or not you’re paying for that roof over your head, be grateful that you haven’t been left homeless. Similarly, appreciate the free time you have and use it wisely. When you finally get a job (and I promise you will), you’ll miss it all too much.
2. Socialise as much as possible
Unfortunately for me, most of my friends at home graduated last year and are now working full time so it makes for tough going on the socialising front, but I certainly don’t let it stop me. Even if you can make as little as one plan per-week it will give you something to look forward to.
3. Be active about your job search
You need to be looking for jobs every day and applying for every single one that you can. If nothing else this takes up some time, and don’t worry about rejections because they’re just character building.
4. Find things to fill your time
Whether that be reading, writing, gardening, running, cycling, cooking, playing an instrument, or numerous other activities, you should definitely have things to fill up your time that don’t involve staring at a screen feeling sorry for yourself.
5. Keep fit
Now I realise a lot of people aren’t big on sport, but neither was I until I realised that physical activity releases endorphins (the “happy hormone”), therefore making you feel quite a lot better about life and not so awful about your temporary unemployed status. Call me crazy, but I’ve found that I love getting up at 7:00 am to go running.
6. When you feel like nothing will ever get better, just stop and think about how good life will be once this period ends. And it most definitely will.
So, there you have it, a 2012 graduate’s top tips on how to feel better about this very much temporary stage of life.
What other tips do you suggest?