Why I've been jobless for 2 years.7:43 PM
Fun fact: I graduated much later than my same-aged peers.
I took up an Advanced Japanese course in TAFE when my friends started their first year in University. The year after, I attended Curtin College while my friends moved on to their second year of University. Hence, pushing me a year behind my same-aged peers. When my friends graduated and got themselves a full time job, I was still in University, trying to finish my Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Management).
Then in 2015, I finally graduated and obtained the certificate that I worked so hard for. I could get my first full-time job. Unfortunately, the Australian economy wasn't doing very well then. I spent everyday applying for jobs, either receiving no replies or getting rejection emails. It was so discouraging that I started getting stressed out, and had days where I would feel sad for no apparent reason. Stress also came from external sources, with friends and family telling me that I should try harder than I already was. But what they didn't know was that I had been giving it my best effort.
It has been 2 years since I last graduated, and I still don't have a job. Thankfully, I've been productive with my time despite being unsuccessful in my job search. You see, I've been upskilling on the side while job-seeking. I'm currently working on learning new languages and improving the ones that I already know, namely Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Even though I've been making good use with my free time, I know that I can't continue to let this situation take control of my life. It's up to me to change the situation around.
If Perth can't offer me a job, then I'll have to get out of Perth to look for one. If so, where do I go? So today, I decided to have a look at the jobs available in Sydney.
(Considering Sydney because I've heard of the job opportunities there.)
The differences in the number of job availabilities were astounding. Do note that it's said that the economy has slightly picked up since then. Imagine how bad it was 1 to 2 years ago. Just visualise thousands of University graduates of the same/similar major fighting for the same 20 or so entry-level jobs. A complete nightmare. That was exactly what I had to go through.
To get out of this rut, I've started applying for jobs overseas. Hopefully, it'll take me somewhere. Anywhere would do. All I want is to have a full-time job, like my same-aged peers. 😔