I can’t believe it has been 8 years since I received my GCSE results, 5 years since I received my A-Level results and 2 years since I graduated from university with a BA in Journalism.
But after all that hard work of revision, coursework deadlines and research assignments, I’m still unemployed. Why? I don’t know!
Since graduating in 2016, I’ve applied for over 100 jobs. Some of them, my applications were successful and I was invited to interviews and others I wasn’t even considered for.
It got me thinking what is the point of having educational qualifications? You could get A’s in everything and still not get a job then on the other hand you could get poor grades and still secure a job.
Also I do have a lot of work experience and carry out a lot of voluntary and freelance work but still not enough to get employed.
In addition, due to my disabilities, it’s not like I can do any old job in a supermarket or restaurant. My skills are within writing and media!
Personally, I think schools and colleges should do more to educate students in applying for jobs and interview techniques. It’s all good having the academic skills but what about the life skills? Plus more employers should provide individual feedback to applicants so that we know what to improve on in future applications.
Earlier this year, I applied for several media internships and was unsuccessful in all of them. Since then, I’ve slightly lost confidence applying for future jobs.
I’m now pursuing the idea of doing a masters degree next year but still unsure if it would be worth it and if it would improve my employment prospects. Plus I’m not really sure which area to study. I’m torn between journalism, creative writing, digital media and marketing. I do know I want to continue living in my current house so only looking at universities in the Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset and West Sussex areas. I’ve already booked myself to attend open days at Southampton Solent, Bournemouth and Chichester so far.
What do you think of master degrees? Are they worth pursuing? Maybe you’ve completed one yourself and now in employment as a result? I would really appreciate your advice!
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