“I am a jobless hack.”
I started How to Be Jobless having graduated with a Masters from a prestigious school of journalism, having been published in national and international publications, and as one of the many thousands of hilariously qualified unemployed people in the clutches of 2013.
I decided to play the job-hunting game for one year and in the meantime, work out How To Be Jobless – without losing your mind. The calendar was marked, Monday February 17th 2014: “DEADLINE – KILL SELF”
…until I could think of a more appropriate backup plan.
Solidarity, not sympathy
How To Be Jobless started because I was becoming despondent, and not much fun to be around. Newspapers, magazines, blogs and the like were full of dispassionate reporting of unemployment figures, lists of advice, and babyboomer head-patting half-apologies, “Sorry Gen Y, you’re screwed!” Not much to make the overqualified jobseeker feel any better.
Can we laugh about this?
George Orwell said, “Every joke is a tiny revolution”. And thank goodness, because I’d have no other idea of how to start one.
New to How to Be Jobless? Watch: The Video (featuring actor Gethin Alderman as ‘Jobless Hack’):
UPDATE: Somehow, blogging about joblessness got me hired on the Guardian Digital Journalism Scheme – for one year. You can read about it in my bi-monthly series Grad Scheming on GoThinkBig. After that, I was hired as a features writer at the Guardian. I remain there until joblessness reclaims me.
Watch: The Journey to Jobfulness: