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    I'm almost a graduate, but I'm having real trouble motivating myself to look for a job because, frankly, I don't want one.

    I don't know what I want to do with the rest of my life. I certainly don't want to work in teaching, marketing, or any of the limited roles open to English graduates.

    Moving into a workplace feels like death to me. I can't imagine anything worse than committing to work somewhere indefinitely. Just the idea depresses me.

    But I don't want to disappoint my parents. What can I do when I graduate that will keep them happy without tying me down to a career? I'd like to work freelance, but I don't know how realistic that is.

    I know I'm not the only one who's ever felt like this. Can anyone older, wiser, and just as lazy help me out?
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    Freelance work either requires raw talent, expertise, passion, hard work or a lot of luck. Reality is you probably even need a few of these to earn decent amounts of money. If you haven't got these things, your services will be cheap and probably could be undercut by someone similar in a country where £5 will pay the bills for a whole day rather than a matter of minutes.

    What would you freelance as?

    I highly recommend it but it often requires a lot more than an equivalent job.


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    (Original post by Art -Vandelay)
    I'm almost a graduate, but I'm having real trouble motivating myself to look for a job because, frankly, I don't want one.

    I don't know what I want to do with the rest of my life. I certainly don't want to work in teaching, marketing, or any of the limited roles open to English graduates.

    Moving into a workplace feels like death to me. I can't imagine anything worse than committing to work somewhere indefinitely. Just the idea depresses me.

    But I don't want to disappoint my parents. What can I do when I graduate that will keep them happy without tying me down to a career? I'd like to work freelance, but I don't know how realistic that is.

    I know I'm not the only one who's ever felt like this. Can anyone older, wiser, and just as lazy help me out?
    I appreciate your predicament, after my undergraduate degree I was not ready to commit to a 9-5 job either so I did a Masters degree. In my case I was very passionate about my subject area, knew what job I wanted eventually and it fitted in with that. However a masters should not be done solely to avoid work, its a long year.

    When it comes to work though, remember you won't be committing yourself to working in one place or even one career for life. People can and do change careers and increasingly work somewhere for a couple of years then move on. I would suggest you go to your university careers department and see what other careers are out there, because I suspect there are more available to you than you might think, including in the civil service, charities, law if you take the GDL and probably more in the private sector.
 
 
 
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