It can be very hard moving back in to a house with set rules and particular guidelines to follow after 3 years living independently eating Ice Cream for dinner, and spending weekends in bed watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls and WestWing!
GiffGaff are running a campaign about how we're #alltheboss & a few bloggers have posted their tips on how to live with parents - my favourite being from Immy May.
Whilst I could give you my own list on how I try to keep the peace at home, honesty it's just about respecting them and doing what they ask! Not rocket science or even very interesting.
BUT I am now well versed in being unemployed & living at home and so I present to you;
3 tips on how to survive that really frustrating period of time where you will be unemployed (and your parents think you should be doing more)
1. Join the gym, or take up exercising. Anything that will get you out of the house on a regular basis and fill in some of mammoth amount of free time! My experience is that my parents were so happy I was actually exercising they forgot to ask me about the job hunt - might have been because I haven't partaken in sports since 2008!
2. Go 'work' in a coffee shop. Whilst it may cost you £3 for a tiny, uninspiring coffee and feel really pointless when you have free wifi at home, it's another opportunity to get out of the house and away from the prying eyes of your parents. I've also found that I get more done from my colossal lists of tasks as I can't get as distracted by Netflix's and sleeping!
3. Actually apply for jobs! You might be thinking this is very very very obvious but when all you do is apply for jobs, attending interviews and get rejected suddenly you lack any motivation to apply for a job; all of a sudden you waste a whole day watching a Four Weddings marathon on Sky! If you apply for jobs you can ease out of the parents questions quickly and truthfully.
3 things NOT to do if you are unemployed & living at home with parents watching your every move!
1. Sleep till midday. It might have been the time you woke up at Uni but sadly it's no longer acceptable once home, especially if both your parent work!
2. 'Pretend' to apply for jobs. You only screw over yourself & your parents have no doubt been through their own 'unemployed' time and know all the tricks in the book! But more importantly why waste all that time???
3. Compare yourself to you friends and classmates! Some people will get a job right after graduating and others will spend months and months applying, but that doesn't mean you are not a great individual just that the right job hasn't come around yet! So don't compare or spend hours stalking them on Facebook and Linkedin because it will only waste good application time!
I hope this gives you some effective tips on how to survive with your parents whilst applying for jobs, they are obviously positives with living at home as well, no rent, no food shopping, no disgusting kitchens or loud housemates & two people who will look out for you when your ill!
Do you have any tips on how to live at home? Or more importantly how to be a boss under another's roof !?!
If you haven't seen with the #EventStudents project we now have both a Facebook & Linkedin group; it would be great to see you join both of these and send a tweet across to our twitter account with your top tip for Freshers!