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How to cope when you can't find a job
As you may have read in some of my recent blog posts, this year has been a particularly difficult one so far. As I approach my 24th birthday I feel my childhood slipping away (pathetic, I know.) One of the things that has led to my recent feelings of intense adulthood has been a job search that has now gone on for nearly five months.
I do currently have a job working part-time as an AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) tutor. But it’s not really paying the bills. The only reason my spouse and I are getting by is because we got a stellar tax return (thank the powers that be for tax credits for students!) Needless to say, I’ve been pretty stressed out about the whole employment thing.
However, in these past months I have learned a few important things that I think could be helpful to you. Also, if you employ these techniques I have a feeling that your significant other will be grateful.
1) Realize that you are not a worthless lump. In my case, I have often felt that because nobody seems to want to hire me on a full time basis I must be a useless human being. I am not a useless human being and neither are you! It may be small steps, but try to congratulate yourself for small things. “I got the dishes done today. Go me!”
2) Use this free time to your benefit. I may not be an exemplary example of this (about half a dozen books on rape culture are next to me taunting me, “Rachel, read us!”) but you can use this time to be a spectacular student. This goes back to the first point. If you’re an awesome student you’re definitely not a worthless lump.
3) Pursue a hobby. You can only do homework for so long before you start to lose your mind. And maybe that hobby will turn into your job. For example, I recently wrote a book and I am now working with an editor (hired through the writing center at my college) to polish it off so that people will actually buy it. Do you like doing crafts? Maybe you can sell them on Etsy. Interested in photography? You may be able to start a small business out of your apartment or dorm. Tough economic times call for creative thinking! And if you’re trying to be creative in some way you are not a worthless lump.
4) Take care of yourself. Yes, this goes back to that first point again (that’s really the main one, I’m sure you’ve noticed by now.) If you’re taking care of yourself (you know, showering, getting out of your P.J’s once in a while, eating fruit) then you’ll have an easier time convincing yourself that you are not worthless. You’ll be able to be successful in school and work on your hobbies.
In conclusion I will simply say, good luck! I have a feeling that we’re all going to need it.