Uni is over. Graduation is imminent. The future is unknown.
It’s a story that thousands of graduates nationwide are living. And I am one of those graduates. I’ve spent the last three years working my socks off to get my degree.
And I’ve spent the last six months or so applying for just about every journalism job I’ve seen advertised. I applied for the grad schemes at the nationals, I’ve applied for numerous local reporters roles all over the country and I’ve applied for various online roles. But nothing has been successful. And for all the jobs I’ve applied for I’ve had maybe five acknowledgements of my applications. And even less where I’ve actually been told that my application was unsuccessful.
And that’s the most infuriating part. The not knowing. The silence of potential employers. You keep hope for a week after the applications close, maybe even for two weeks. And then you lose all hope. And then you get a phone call from an unknown number and you get your hopes up for a split second. Only for them to be shattered again when you answer the call and it’s your network offering you an upgrade.
And with every rejection it gets harder to carry on. I find myself thinking that maybe I’m not actually good enough to get a job. And maybe I should give up and just accept that it was a great dream but is never actually going to happen. But if I’m perfectly honest, more than anything I’m too stubborn to accept that. So I’ll keep going.
And maybe now I’ve got my actual results my applications will have a better chance of being successful?
Are you graduating this year too and finding the same problems trying to get a job? Do you have any advice for someone in this situation? Leave a comment on this post or tweet us @wannabehacks
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