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    I completed my masters degree last summer (2015) and have struggled to get a job since. Other than 5 months as an unpaid part time intern, I have been unemployed since completing my masters. I have applied for all sorts of jobs and have had at least one interview a month for the last 10 months but have never been offered a job. Its extremely demoralising and depressing. I'm 27, I want a career, a life, to be able to settle down with my other half but its just not happening. I am overqualified for a lot of jobs and those that im not overqualified for i dont have enough experience, catch 22. When I have interviews i always get told that i was a strong candidate but someone else was more experienced/better at interview.

    Anyone in a similar situation or with any advice?
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    What degree? What is your masters in?If you enjoy programming, developing websites, software, apps, video games and IT stuff, why not try learning programming?Pick two languages, such as C#, Java, learn the concepts (OOP, loops, data types, etc), then build your own projects, put them on GitHub and apply for junior programmer, developer roles.

    There are plenty of programming jobs out there.

    Good Luck
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    (Original post by Analyst89)
    What degree? What is your masters in?If you enjoy programming, developing websites, software, apps, video games and IT stuff, why not try learning programming?Pick two languages, such as C#, Java, learn the concepts (OOP, loops, data types, etc), then build your own projects, put them on GitHub and apply for junior programmer, developer roles.

    There are plenty of programming jobs out there.

    Good Luck
    You kind of need to know how to programme and have certs to actually get into that lol.
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    (Original post by liv89)
    I completed my masters degree last summer (2015) and have struggled to get a job since. Other than 5 months as an unpaid part time intern, I have been unemployed since completing my masters. I have applied for all sorts of jobs and have had at least one interview a month for the last 10 months but have never been offered a job. Its extremely demoralising and depressing. I'm 27, I want a career, a life, to be able to settle down with my other half but its just not happening. I am overqualified for a lot of jobs and those that im not overqualified for i dont have enough experience, catch 22. When I have interviews i always get told that i was a strong candidate but someone else was more experienced/better at interview.

    Anyone in a similar situation or with any advice?
    Keep applying for the career jobs you aspire to, and in the mean time, work out how you can get the experience they are asking for. Entry level and junior jobs are just that, and you can get the experience to do them, without having done them before!

    So if you are trying to get into the charity sector, try and get involved not with the charity shop etc, but with the charity head office/back office - and remember that many organisations that look like normal businesses are actually charities. Find out about the various ways of charity giving, Gift Aid, Raizers Edge, how an endowment works, working with volunteers, DBS checks etc etc. That's all stuff that for a charity role, bringing knowledge to interview will be very good.

    That's just an example, but it's a matter of making small, incremental improvements in the individual elements of your interview 'pitch' between the actual opportunities to make that pitch.

    So -
    • Keep looking at LinkedIn and people working in the sector/companies
    • Read the company websites once a week
    • Read the trade/sector websites and journals once a week
    • Use specific company and sector specialist websites to job search, not the generic Monster, Reed etc
    • Think about roles not as a collective package, but as a series of individual skills and break those skills down so that you can more easily find examples from your own experience.
    • Fill your time constructively with work/volunteering/research
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    (Original post by liv89)
    I completed my masters degree last summer (2015) and have struggled to get a job since. Other than 5 months as an unpaid part time intern, I have been unemployed since completing my masters. I have applied for all sorts of jobs and have had at least one interview a month for the last 10 months but have never been offered a job. Its extremely demoralising and depressing. I'm 27, I want a career, a life, to be able to settle down with my other half but its just not happening. I am overqualified for a lot of jobs and those that im not overqualified for i dont have enough experience, catch 22. When I have interviews i always get told that i was a strong candidate but someone else was more experienced/better at interview.

    Anyone in a similar situation or with any advice?
    Sounds like its a case of improving your interview technique- is there anyone you can go over it with? I had a similar problem and going to an interview workshop and mock interview helped me understand how to answer interview questions.
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    You kind of need to know how to programme and have certs to actually get into that lol.
    The first part, yeah but you don't need certificates

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    Lol, similar story here, don't complain too much here because people will just say "stop feeling sorry for yourself and get a job".
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    Do you have any work experience other than your internship?

    Have you applied for those Admin, Retail, and Warehouse jobs you think you are too good for?

    Your best bet at the moment is to get yourself down to a charity shop as quickly as possible - they are always looking for volunteers and take on pretty much anyone.
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    (Original post by liv89)
    I completed my masters degree last summer (2015) and have struggled to get a job since. Other than 5 months as an unpaid part time intern, I have been unemployed since completing my masters. I have applied for all sorts of jobs and have had at least one interview a month for the last 10 months but have never been offered a job. Its extremely demoralising and depressing. I'm 27, I want a career, a life, to be able to settle down with my other half but its just not happening. I am overqualified for a lot of jobs and those that im not overqualified for i dont have enough experience, catch 22. When I have interviews i always get told that i was a strong candidate but someone else was more experienced/better at interview.

    Anyone in a similar situation or with any advice?
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