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Young, Dumb and Unemployed

edited April 2019 in Job Market
Hi! I just want to rant about my frustations in finding a job and I think Social Media is not the best platform to do that. I also want to remain anonymous. Hence, this discussion.

Just a brief history about me-- After graduation, I got a job working as an Account Coordinator at an agency in Cebu. After just a mere 4 months with the agency, I resigned and found another job as an Accounting Associate in another Agency. After only 2 months of working, I also resigned, no -- actually AWOLed because I didn't really enjoy working with my coworkers and the job was so boring. Then I went back to my home town, Bacolod. I decided to work in a call center because I didn't really wanna stay Idle while still looking for the dream job that I was aiming to get. That dream job was to get into a government agency and work my way up. After 2 years of working in the call center, I started getting acne and it really affected me so much that I decided to resign again. While I was still working in the cc, I already took the civil service exam because I was hell bent on getting that job in the government. I thought passing the civil service will make it easy for me to get into the government, but no. One day, the universe decided to throw me a curve ball. I was unemployed. I tried applying to different government agencies. I passed their test, took the interviews, but I never got any calls. So i decided to fck government and apply to private institutions. The problem is, there are not a lot of job openings in Bacolod, and if there is, its either another call center or a company with really high job qualifications but very low offer.

I'm also not the only one who's frustrated with being unemployed. My siblings as well. Just today, my sister and I got into a heated argument because I can tell she really finds it unfair that I didnt get to contribute in the house hold expenses. Little by little, my confidence in finding a job is getting slimmer and slimmer.

My daily routine includes, waking up at 9 (I'm not a morning person). Eat breakfast, help my mother with the household chores, check the internet for job vacancies, I tried it all -- jobstreet, mynimo, linkedin, indeed -- but getting little to no response at all. I also tried getting into home base, but I have really low motivation working at home due to distractions and the humidity -because we dont have aircon.

Unemployment can really create a huge damage in ones life especiall that we are mostly identified with what we do for a living. If you're unemployed, society regards you as a loser, a failure. 

Comments

  • You could be unemployed yes, but I believe that no young person can be dumb. You are so full of potential, just that you've not yet decided to exploit your talents. Maybe it's because you are comfortable being taken care of and not paying bills, but remember no one will take care of you forever. If online working is not your thing, then be self-employed, rather than waiting for a job if none is forthcoming. There is so much you can do online or even start your business
  • alchemistofophiralchemistofophir Christian Communist PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited June 2019
    narinig mo na yung volunteering work di ba? trabaho na walang bayad?

    ibahin mo lang ang framework ng utak mo. pag di pa nakakahanap ng trabaho, parang nagvovolunteer work ka sa mga magulang mo. ikaw ang resident katulong/boy. taga mentena ng bahay. taga bili ng kung ano anong ipinapabili ng mga magulang. taga entertain sa kanila. at ito mas malupit, pag nagkasakit sila, para kang resident volunteer "nurse" o "doctor". may access ka sa internet kamo? nandoon lahat ang mga first aid, gamot sa ganitong sakit after maidentify mo ang mga symptomas.

    society will label you as loser? lel. sino ba ang dapat mong paglingkuran? yung mga magulang mo na nagbigay ng buhay sa yo o yung society na wala talagang pakialam sa yo (na kahit manirahan ka sa lansangan, di ka papatirahin sa hotel na kadalasang walang laman?)

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  • ryekyenryekyen PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited June 2019
    You're young and smart maybe your lacking in motivation and self confidence. Lumuwas ka ng manila mas marami dto opportunity mrami ka choice kpga anjan ka sa puder ng magulan mo wlang mangyayare sau. kasi alam mo na khit d ka mgwork kakain ka pa din at mbubuhay dapt matuto ka mbuhay magisa para mpilitan ka maghanap buhay.
  • missyukomissyuko Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited July 2019
    ganyang ganyan yung mga naging struggles ko, Government at IT industry din ang target ko. I got my first job as a professor at a private university, ayun. magandang pakinggan pero hindi naman malaki ang salary at yung proximity sa residence ko ay hindi ganun ka convinient. sa expenses lang nauuwi ang sweldo ko, although masaya ang events at mababait ang co-workers ko, umalis ako to pursue a greener pasture. nag take ako ng CSC at passer din. akala ko napakadali din mag hanap ng work sa government pagka may civil server eligibility ka na. hindi pala at magastos pa mag aayos ng kung ano anong papers na nirerequire na isubmit mo tapos in the end di naman pala ikaw ihihire sa shredder lang uwi ng pertinent papers mo, kung pwede nga lang bawiin para magamit ko sa ibang company, babawiin ko e haha. so nag attempt naman ako sa pinaka ultimate goal ko nung time na yun, yung IT industry pasado din sa exam, interviews contract signing na lang daw pero regret letter lang nareceive ko. super broke ako, na exhaust na mga financial resources ko at yung time spent sa paghihintay ko ng update inabot ng 1 year so for a year I become jobless. yung mga relatives, kapitbahay mo na abot ang puri sayo nung natanggap kang prof sa first job mo ay sila na mismo nangunguna na mang judge sayo. medyo nagka misunderstanding din kami ng younger sibs ko dahil imbes na makatulong sa financial crisis ng family namin (nasabay na jobless ka na may prob pa sa fam financially) naging pabigat pa ako. my routine became waking up in the morning, watching bunch of animes, movies, kdramas and youtube vids to pass the time then hanap hanap din ng work. I also tried online work pero di nagwork. hindi na nga ako nagpapakita ganu sa mga tsimosa at judgy na tao sa paligid ko dahil lalo lang ako madodown. hindi ko na din ma afford ibang luxuries na merun ako before given na wala na sakin susupport financial, I'm left alone to fend for myself kuno haha. sobra akong na depressed. kaya after a year of being unemployed. I took teasda trainings dagdag credentials then nag try bumalik sa same industry ng first work ko and thankfully I got in. but after a year nag hangad nanaman ako ng stable job at ok na salary so nag pursue nanaman ako sa gov't. and finally got in. It took me 3 years. while some of my batchmates seemed to be already living their travel goals, settling down, getting their hard earned dream car and house. ako ngayun pa lang nag sisimula. at madami pang dapat i save para sa necessities na kakailanganin ko. pero I learned a lot from that harrowing experience. I came to know that people tend to be accepting and kind sayo at your triumphs pero kokonti lang to none ang tao na mag sstay at maniniwala sayo at your state of nadir, pero ganun pa man I'm proud of myself na hindi ako pumatol, nag lo-lowkey rant lang ako sa secret socmed accounts ko like twitter at tumblr. haha. madami din akong mga nakilalang tao along the way na nag bigay sakin ng advice at tips sa career, usually mga nakilala ko sa job fairs, co applicant at classmates sa vocational trainings na pinagkukuha ko. madami din naman ako natutunan sa struggles na yun. so wag kang pang hinaan ng loob. makaka alis ka din sa ganyang situation. God will blessed you at his own perfect time. do not lose hope and faith. pagpasensyahan mo mga tao na hindi maintindihan situation mo. pagdating naman ng time mapapatunayan mo na hindi ka incompetent, na isa lang siyang phase na some of us have to go through, its not some kind of an endless groundhog day loop. you'll get a job. basta patuloy ka sa paghahanap and if you have time to spare and some cash para sa trainings if needed sa target industry mo ng extra credential then take it. wishing you the best. kaya mo yan ka-ts!

    PS may mga typos ka ts. tinamad nako mag edit. sorry hehe
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  • You can try to find a remote job. This is pretty open now. Try foreign sites. As a rule, there are more such vacancies.
  • There is this ilocano saying: "No awan am-ammom, awan am-ammom". Meaning, kung wala kang kakilala, b8bo ka.

    Oftentimes, you need backers to get employed in government.
  • It's not easy to work as a goverment employee. Trust me, I'm a government employee and wanna get out of here badly. 

  • Don't be too hasty in labelling yourself as a "failure." Sabi nga nila, it's not over till it's over. So don't give up, kahit minsan, the world seems to conspire against you. 

    Eto maipapayo ko:

    +Habang walang job, upskill yourself. May talent ka ba? Then ihone mo yung talent na yun. Magugulat ka minsan, yung pagkatagu-tago mong talent, yun pa ang reason ba't ka ihihire ng isang company. In short, have something that makes you stand out from the pack. Matindi ang competition ngayon. Ang hinahanap ng employers at yung may X factor. Wag ka din maiintimidate sa mga galing sa sikat na schools. Kung masipag ka at may integrity, madadaig mo pa yung mga sobrang matatalino pero tatamad-tamad naman.

    Halimbawa, kung nag-aaply ka sa isang accounting job, eh di galingan mo sa IT part. Added value yun. Accounting + IT, san ka pa. Pag aralan mo yung mga tools, like MS Office. Or meron bang accounting system na ginagamit yung kumpanya? Then alamin natin yun. Be updated ka sa mga regulations related sa Acocunting sa Pilipinas - which, by the way, is patterned sa Accounting principles ng US. Again the key is - stand out. 

    +Limit your time sa social media. Siempre, mga successes lang ng friends natin makikita natin dun. Lalo tayong madedepress. 

    Eto payo ko sa lahat ng bagong grad:
    + Pagkagraduate natin, meron na tayong blueprint agad ng career natin. Until we realize na ibang iba pala ang realidad ng job market. So if you land your first job, na medyo ayaw natin, magtiis muna. Think of it as a means to an end. Pag bored sa work, do something meaningful on the side - like volunteering. You will learn soft skills na hinahanap din sa work. Think of your current job as your springboard to your next one. Your skills will accumulate. And you're being paid for it. My very first job after uni is a contractual job, with a measly salary. Sige lang. I learned some skills, which helped me get accepted sa 2nd job. And those skills sa 2nd job, I was able to use them for my 3rd one, and so on. When you move around dont ever ever burn bridges. Unless you have to. Malay mo, baka magkaroon ng exciting opportunity sa dati mong company and they might think of you as a suitable candidate.  

    +Continue learning. It's never too late to learn something. Have you thought about learning a new language? Pogi points yun sa interview. Of course, we have to be honest with our capabilities. 

    + Last but not least, your job does not define you. Why? Because job changes. Your roles change. It's not the position, it's the disposition. :) Go out there, enjoy life. Almost any kind of secular job is stressful. Make it a goal to have your weekend as an opportunity to recharge your batteries. Visayas is such a beautiful place. Embark into a hobby or activity that exposes you to people and places, that will allow you to think of others, rather than yourself. Something that teaches you modesty and humility. When you do, you'll realize that there's more to life than just finding that perfect job for us.  


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  • Mirilikor said:
    You could be unemployed yes, but I believe that no young person can be dumb. You are so full of potential, just that you've not yet decided to exploit your talents. Maybe it's because you are comfortable being taken care of and not paying bills, but remember no one will take care of you forever. If online working is not your thing, then be self-employed, rather than waiting for a job if none is forthcoming. There is so much you can do online or even start your business

    Completely agree with you, man!

  • Strugling! really hard to make something, right??

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