Graduate tells how being unemployed for a year nearly ruined her life

Graduate tells how being unemployed for a year nearly ruined her life

- Linda Anderson, a KNUST graduate of Chemical Engineering, has revealed how unemployment for one year took a great toll on her

- In a YouTube video, Linda describes how she lost her self-confidence and blamed everything and everyone, including God

- Linda also had some really encouraging words for anyone who might currently be in that situation

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A graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) named Linda Anderson has told how unemployment for just a year shattered her life completely.

Linda recounted her story in a YouTube video where she wondered what people who experience unemployment for more than a year go through.

According to the young woman, who graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering in 2017, it got to a point in her life after national service that she was confused, angry and depressed.

Linda indicates that one of the elements that worsened her plight was the thought of what perceptions others held about a young and vibrant graduate like her sitting home idly.

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After being angry at herself, God and many other factors, as well as losing her self-confidence due to her situation, Linda Anderson finally landed a job one year after becoming unemployed.

By way of advising other graduates or young people who are currently experiencing unemployment, Linda says it is helpful to keep oneself busy with other life activities or engage in internships through which employment opportunities can arise.

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KNUST graduate narrates how unemployment for just 1 year shattered her life
Source: Facebook, Linda Anderson
Source: UGC

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Meanwhile, previously reported that unemployment is a huge problem in the world and South Africa is no exception. The country has one of the highest unemployment figures globally.

To make matters worse, a large percentage of the unemployed are graduates. The disgruntled group recently took to social media to open up about the struggles of the job hunt.

The hashtag #GraduatedandUnemployed has been trending on social media. Twitter user Boss21Grind used the trending topic to look for a job:

"I have a BCom degree in Business Management and Higher Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Looking for any vacancy available."

Twitter user thatpedi_girl used the chance to open up:

"Yoh, story of my life. It's been over a year being unemployed. My mom breathes down my neck like being unemployed is my fault. Those who got jobs, consider yourself lucky even if you're not fully satisfied with your employer cause it's rough outside."

MasibaNeil said:

"This hashtag is the very reason I found it so hard to be excited for grad, I mean it’s GREAT to finish school, but the aftermath is potentially horrid."

Promise06004776 said:

"#GraduatedAndUnemployed sometimes you gotta put your qualifications aside and hustle like a drop-out... Pride won't pay bills."

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