What Unemployment Looks Like

–          You rent a room at a friend’s house

–          You drive your parents’ 1995 Maxima with 294,000 miles

–          You invite people out for coffee, not a meal

–          You don’t buy perfume when you run out, or a new straightener when yours breaks

–          You have free time to go out for drinks with friends but rarely do

–          You only fill up your car once a month because you ration gas like it’s gold

–          You avoid sick friends because you have no health insurance

All of that is an effort to live on as little money as possible because you don’t know when your next paycheck will be.

But it’s not all penny pinching, there are definite upsides too:

–          You wake up at 8am instead of the 6 or 7 a 9-5 job requires

–          You catch up with people you haven’t talked to in years, even if it’s just over Facebook or LinkedIn

–          Your Netflix receives more attention than ever before because you always have a show on in the background while filling out online applications

–          You start a new blog, something you’ve been meaning to do forever

–          You no longer resent Mondays

–          You read all the social media and marketing articles you used to have to save for a rainy day

–          You download and brush-up on graphic design software because you always loved it

–          You cook dinner, a new recipe 6 days a week

You will eventually have a job and the income that comes along with fulltime employment but in the meantime, the lifestyle sacrifices you have to make really aren’t that bad. The thing you miss most isn’t the money, it’s the sense of accomplishment that you feel after a long but really productive day of work.

That’s what unemployment looks like. Or maybe  just what it looks like for me.

Recent University of Edinburgh MSc Marketing grad and UNCWilmington Communication Studies alumus. Fascinated by branding, event, social media, and interactive marketing for business. Works at Eleven Mass Media

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One comment on “What Unemployment Looks Like
  1. Garrison Smith says:

    Great perspective

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