If you are tired being unemployed I want you to read this. I have been in you situation and I want to share with you what I would do if I was in your situation with my current knowledge. I will also talk about why it’s highly unlikely your unemployment is due to your own shortcomings.
The working life has changed and you should not blame yourself if you are unemployed. That’s the most important thing to remember.
That said, getting employed might not even turn out to be the real solution to your problem. Sure it helps with the financial stuff but as the demands of working life have gotten very high, being employed full time can be worse at times than being unemployed. Believe me, I know from experience.
So read on to find out what happened when I decided I’m tired being unemployed and decided to start working on online business, found a job and almost had a burnout before truly starting to work for myself.
And of course I will share with you how you can start working for yourself today. I assure you I’m not talking about some make instant money online scam. This stuff requires actual work and requires minor investment and time if you want results, but anyone can do it. I’m doing it right now by writing this article.
Thousands of people are doing it from everywhere in the world and so can you. Read on to find out how.
Being unemployed can make you passive
The thing about unemployment is that it tends to make you passive if it stretches out. You lose focus, motivation and the sense of accomplishment. This can be very hard on your psyche and easily leads to depression.
Depending on your financial situation unemployment can even feel relaxing in the beginning, if you have savings. It can also be extremely stressing if you are already struggling to make the ends meet. In the beginning you have a lot of energy to send applications, be it from excitement or from necessity, but as the unemployment stretches out you start to get tired.
You run out of money, motivation, ideas and eventually hope.
Most governments are aware of this fact and try to do their best to get people back to work as soon as possible even if they aren’t willing. Every unemployed citizen is essentially another mouth to feed if they are not bringing money in the table in the form of taxes. Of course there are differences in how things are governed in different countries but most civilized nations have some form of welfare model.
Even if your country doesn’t hand out unemployment benefits, high unemployment leads to smaller GDP and social problems like alienation and crime. Clearly a bad deal for society.
The problem is that there simply aren’t suitable jobs for every profession available at a given time, so people are going to have to make compromises. It can understandably make you angry and frustrated if you are forced to work at a local burger joint with a masters degree.
Now if you aren’t able to find a job that matches your profession and education, it can be very hard to stay motivated and keep looking for suitable work or do something else to keep yourself active.
It’s funny how most of us hate getting up for work when that is actually the one thing that keeps as active and moving forward even in the days we don’t feel like it. If there’s not enough pressure to do anything, you can easily became passive and down right lazy. You decide to sleep late, skip cleaning and other chores and maybe have beer or two just for one day. Next thing you know that one day has turned to six months. Think about what that would do to your self esteem?
This is essentially how social alienation happens. It’s especially prevalent with young men who can’t find work. If there’s no motivation to find work or suitable work available and not enough income from welfare benefits, financing your living through criminal means becomes a tangible option. Once you cross that line it’s almost impossible dig yourself out of the hole.
That’s why it’s extremely important to stay busy! So if you don’t have work, find some or better yet, employ yourself.
Why finding work is so hard these days
Work has changed. Not long ago there were manual jobs available to all willing and getting an academic education meant certain employment and a comfortable income. It doesn’t work like that anymore.
Manual labor jobs have all but vanished due to automation and digitalization and they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Not long from now we will have synthetic workers to do the jobs that still require human locomotion and dexterity like construction work.
The only work we humans will need to do is to program and oversee all the automated processes. Ok, I’m sure there will be a ton service jobs for long time to come, but you get the point about manual jobs reducing by the minute.
The problem is that every person on the planet can’t be a software engineer or a systems specialist. Manual labor is good for our bodies and mental well being and some people actually choose to do it over sitting in front of the computer all the time. The unfortunate fact is also that everyone doesn’t have the mental acuity to perform demanding specialist work.
So the loss of manual labor jobs and the oversupply of workforce has demanded a need for more people to get a higher level of education, which in turn has led to more competition and risen job requirements in many fields.
So in essence education has been inflated and a diploma no longer means instant employment, it has become the bare minimum requirement. This has made working life and finding a job very competitive and stressful.
Polls in many countries have shown that young people are more pessimistic about their career possibilities than ever. The high demand of constant education and competition has led the age of giving birth to rise to an all time high and many young adults are choosing to not get children due to career demands.
When you are closing thirty, without ever having worked a permanent job, having offspring can feel quite daunting.
This all means you can’t really trust in society or your employer to take care of you. You have to take the matters in your own hands and rule your own destiny. This requires educating yourself on how to employ yourself in a way that is sustainable now and in the future so you are not dependent on others.
Back in the beginning of 2012 I had just gotten my bachelors degree in engineering and was sending job applications everywhere. The economy had just took a serious dive in Finland and finding a job even vaguely related to my field turned out to be a lot more troublesome than I had anticipated.
After about three months I was out of money and really tired being unemployed. That’s when I remembered a few sites about making money online and working from home I had stumbled upon maybe half a year before.
Back then I did not take it seriously, as it seemed too good to be true, but after being unemployed for months I felt desperate and decided to try to start an internet business.
I created my first internet site without really understanding too much about the business or without having any real experience in web design or other technical stuff. I managed to work on the site for couple of months before finding a temp job that lead to a full time employment and I forgot about the site and making money online for a couple of years so it obviously was not a success.
I’m still working full time on the same employer and have had all the symptoms of a burnout for quite some time. I’ve been popping antidepressants for a couple years now just to cope with my work stress.
Financially it’s impossible for me to quit without finding a new job that pays well enough and from what I have gathered from college mates and friends, the grass ain’t greener on the other side. Pretty much all of them are feeling the same way I am and desperately looking for a way out.
Back to business
That’s why couple months ago I made a comeback to working online for myself. That’s when I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate, or WA for short. I did some research and found out pretty much all of its users were very satisfied with the service and especially the training and community. It’s essentially a step by step education to making money online by content creation and affiliate marketing. WA also offers all the tools you need to run your own sites from hosting to content creation and wordpress installation to keyword research tool Jaaxy.
You really don’t need to understand about the technical stuff as it’s all explained very simply in the training. I ran the free trial for a week or so before going to premium to get on with the training and building my first site.
The thing is – this stuff works. For the first time I have a clear plan for how to get traffic and find topics and keywords people are looking for and the best thing is the WA community, they will help you with any problems or questions you may encounter. The only thing the community expects in return is that you help others out when possible – it truly is a win-win situation for all involved.
And the best part is doing this is fun! If I get to help people by writing about stuff I actually enjoy writing about and simultaneously creating a cumulative income for myself while working from anywhere in the world – count me in! Btw I actually wrote this whole post on the plain and train while returning from a holiday in Spain.
In hindsight if I had had the knowledge I have now and knew I was going to be unemployed for 6 months I would have worked my ass off as I now know I could have made a comfortable living that way and avoid 6 years of work stress.
I am seeing results with the system but don’t have enough content and traffic to be able to quit my job just yet. That takes time and work but my goal is to be able to quit my day job within year from now. You need to have realistic goals with this stuff.
If I was unemployed currently I would find a way to pay the bills with minimum time commitment, join Wealthy Affiliate, follow their training and bust my ass working night and day creating content to start making money for myself, on my own terms without outside demands. I highly suggest you think about it too!
If you have any questions, suggestions or maybe just want to chat with someone who has been in your situation please drop a comment, I promise to get back to you.