After finishing university with a 2.1 in linguistics and communications and society I thought brilliant, I’ll be able to go out a find a job easy. That’s what everyone had always lead me to believe anyway. “Go to university and the world will be your oyster” blah blah blah. WRONG.
Don’t get me wrong, university was the best three years of my life and no one will ever be able to take those memories, or friends I made away from me. However, since finishing I am in competition with 500,000 others with degrees and without degrees looking for jobs and I haven’t got a clue still what I want to go into.
I’ve always had a job since I was 16 going from McDonald’s for two years, boots, a theme park etc. When I finished uni I was working as a team leader and administrator at a local theme park, which I loved but it wasn’t good pay, pretty seasonal and had no progression opportunities. I interviewed elsewhere and took a job as a sales administrator. Well, that’s what I thought. Turned out they wanted me to become an exports manager with no training, in charge of multimillion pound orders and be financially responsible! Safe to say, after a week I was gone.
This meant that I was back to square one and had to suck it up and asked for my old job back. Which they said yes immediately, thank goodness. I carried on applying and interviewing for different roles. Really wanting to go into the NHS but never being shortlisted. I got a role as a website administrator just down the road from me, which is where I am now. I thought, well not bad, I’ll take it, but it’s still very low wages.
Another problem with this job is that they always want me to make hot drinks and the tasks are very mundane and I could do them without a degree. I do some interesting stuff with sorting out health and safety and fire risks etc which I enjoy but the role is mostly putting things onto the website which is very repetitive and boring but I like the people I work with so it’s not the worst.
My problem is every role I have had have all been low wages, no progression and have not needed a degree. I’m really struggling at the moment to find something and it’s becoming truly aggravating. The NHS for receptionist and admin roles won’t even shortlist me. However, I do have a job interview next week as a banker and I really have everything crossed. Could this be my chance?
Other things I have looked into include going back to do a PGCE, however I need experience in schools and to do that I would need time off work. So that’s an issue as I need the money.
I’ve basically written this to say that it’s truly not as simple as people make out. They say it’s easy to get a good job, a degree sets you apart etc. but I’m not finding this easy at all and I really want to get a job I am proud of.