Back in May, after finishing university for good, I made a joyful return back to my parents. Like many Graduates and placement year students I decided the best way to save some cash was to move back to my childhood home – it was an easy choice as my parents live in an ideal location for commuting into London & as of yet they have not decided to rent out my room. I also lived with them during my placement year in 2012, so we’ve had a previous trial run but this time around I am unemployed and have no set date or plan of when I shall be moving out.
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!
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;
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.
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!