You've finally done it! You've got your degree, and have now got the cap and gown photo to prove it. Here's to adulthood!
Except, adulthood isn't really that fun - especially when you're still unemployed. But what's worse than being unemployed? People reminding you that you're unemployed.
1. "So... have you heard back from any job applications?"
Well... have I announced that I somehow miraculously have a job yet? No. PSA: If we haven't told you we've got a job, we haven't got one. Please leave us alone to wallow in self-pity.
2. "You're sooo lucky to have all this free time"
Am I? AM I? Because I am bored shitless. Everybody around you seems to have jobs - or at least something to do.
Also, it's not really free time when, in between cover letters, you spend every spare second questioning your self-worth.
3. "Why don't you try looking for a job in 'x' field?"
And the suggestion is *always* something very far away from the job you're trying to land.
4. "Omg, *How* are you still unemployed?!"
Yes, I'm shocked too. After 50,000 applications, I'm STILL unemployed! Let's stop pointing out the obvious, shall we?
5. "How can you be tired? You don't do anything all day!"
Hating yourself actually takes a lot of energy, guys.
6. "Bet your degree feels like a waste of time now, eh?"
Much like this conversation, Uncle Jim.
7. "But everybody else seems to have a job?"
It's taking every ounce of my energy not to compare myself to Snooty Sarah from my seminar who has landed her dream job at that ridiculously high-paying firm. Please, I really don't need you comparing me too.
8. "When are you going to get a job?"
Do you people think we're not trying or something?!
9. "You should try volunteering or something"
10. "Do you have a job?"
Granted, this is the same as 1 and 8. But it's just so invasive. And mean.
Class of 2017: it's all going to be ok - eventually.