There’s been a lot of exposure on job hunting over the past fortnight. Obviously this is all in response to the staggering and ever-increasing unemployment figures and about time too!
BBC 3 featured a live show over a series of nights…’Up for Hire’ and I must say, as good as it was at exposing the much debated subject, it certainly did grate on me somewhat!
As I’ve covered in previous posts, it’s hard not to get down on yourself when you’re job hunting. But there’s job hunting and there’s job hunting.
There were four ‘unemployed’ young people on the show. Two graduates and two non grads. Now I’m not sure why but this seemed to be a main focus and there was a blatant difference in attitudes between the two ‘groups’.
All self-proclaimed job hunters, the two grads were in no form of employment and hadn’t been for quite some time. Yes, the girl had done some interning but largely she had just been ‘unemployed’. Of the non grads, one had a bar job whilst he was ‘hunting’ and the other non grad was a full-time mum looking to get back into work.
Now the very distinct attitude differences between the two is something that’s always got on my nerves. As a graduate myself, I witnessed first hand those that feel they should land a job merely because they have been to uni for 12 hours a week, largely not having to work whilst ‘studying’ and having a jolly good time. Fair enough. You pay far too much for not enough time or resources and by golly yes you should be able to get a job after uni. And yes, hard work is involved and a lot of learning and effort goes in-again,I’ve been there myself and know.
But at a time where so so many have now been to uni that never would have done (myself included) as its so much more accessible, there was always going to be a point where the sheer volume of those leaving such establishments with such ambition just couldn’t feasibly be met by enough jobs.
And what gives a graduate the right to be more choosy over a job than a non grad?! As a job hunter myself, I’ve had a job for the duration. There are jobs out there, maybe not what you want to do but you just can’t quite frankly be that picky.
In times like this, if you really are desperate for a job, feeling depressed and worthless and so on and so forth, go get yourself a part-time job. There’s the hospitality industry, temping office work and retail that offer stable, friendly and (*gasp) sociable atmospheres.
When you’ve applied to these and can’t find a job, then you might get some sympathy as a true unemployed job hunter.
It’s a big ask to work whilst job hunting but I really do think it’s important. Never mind offering a few hours of distraction each day, you’re likely to pick up some valuable skills or knowledge whilst you’re doing a job you don’t like and not even realise it!
Knowing exactly what you want to do is great, but there’s just not enough jobs out there at the moment to support these ideals. Maybe standards have to be lowered as a stepping stone in the right direction towards your long-term goal.
*gets down off soapbox*
Anyway- on with the search!