the usual suspect.

Any grads out there having problems finding work (hoho)? Yes, of course there are. I’m one of them, btw. From cleaning jobs, to research positions, it’s all but I can do to resort to sexual favours.
I’m relatively affable. Not impossibly stupid, or backward. I went to Red Brick places, not that this matters. I don’t have a family to fall back on, but this is hardly a shocker. I studied Philosophy at undergrad, and then Public Policy at MSc (still need to complete my thesis).
I specialised in healthcare, and have had a few interviews in the NHS. It all seems driven by nepotism, though.
Frankly, I’m worried about going bankrupt, and… homelessness.
tips? advice? IMHOs?

What are “Red Brick places”?

Things are tough all over.

Younger universities started in the nineteenth century and built from red brick as opposed to the stonework of older and “better” places like Oxbridge.

Just a thought, but in the “old days” (before economy slump) I read that many software companies hired philosophy majors to help in programming. Something about helping programmers create artificial intelligence.
I don’t have a cite, but remember thinking that was an interesting choice of hires.

Yeah…programming. I’m trying to teach myself Python. Have a handle on statistical stuff like SPSS. Got rejected from a cleaning job t’other day. Sucks monkey cock. Most of my friends ARE Oxbridge ‘better’ types, who effortlessly exude competencies and connections (I am not having a go, btw…the bad work man blames his tools, etc etc), but …god dammit!

Also, I just can’t get a handle on the nomenclature. If I apply to a job that’s ‘beneath’ me, I’m told to hide the fact I’m a student of ze arts. If I apply for a grad job, I need to gain experience through an internship, which I can’t seem to get due to financial constraints. It’s a typical story. Dully re-told.

Thinking positively is a good step, I suppose. The corollary being : one mustn’t think negatively. It’s difficult to get a handle on all the hype, though. On one side of the coin, there are the doom and gloom merchants, who use burbled economic theories, and follow their guts (and the likes of Joe Gregory). On the other side, there are the motivational speakers, who insist we can think ourselves happy.

I’m not particularly smart or well qualified. My work experience is pitiful, and consists of a few managerial things in pubs.

I’m embarrassed.
anyhooooo, thanks for listening to me ranting about stuff

OP, where are you from?

Have you considered volunteering? Perhaps in a government office, or in the office of a political official? If you were in the US I might suggest joining a campaign - they are always wanting volunteers and you can be sitting pretty if you’re a familiar face to the winning candidate. But I don’t know if there is some British equivalent to this.

Volunteering. Yep. In places like the samaritans, Age UK. I’ll give my local MP a shot, too.

Thank you for the advice :slight_smile: