Admitting to family and friends that I'm not in a "proper" job is not the easiest thing to do, let alone admitting it to the nation on BBC radio...

 Having graduated in 2010 with a good degree from a well reputable university and still struggling to find work at 24 isn't exactly something to shout about.

So why have I just done so? I was told that I could help create a manifesto on unemployment in the hope that it’ll get to decision makers on the matter. In return, I give an insight about my experiences of looking for a job as a graduate. At a time like this I really don’t have much to lose and can use all the help I can get as I feel even more confused and lost than ever before. With that in mind I agreed, plus it seemed like an opportunity to do some good, for me and the other 2 million or so unemployed. My participation in this is more about the general cause and aims of the show and less about my rants and complaints of my situation. In fact, I generally don’t complain about it because at least I have a part time job and I only have myself to look after. The only times when I have complained (other than this one) is when I’ve been asked to talk about it. With unemployment figures rising every week, if there’s an opportunity to make a little difference to such a large number of people and potentially future generations, then this can only be a good thing…

I remember saying a while ago to a potential employer that one of my dreams is to be able to influence good. I think this makes a good starting point, don’t you?


Karen Wan, 23, from Mansfield - graduate currently working part time as a waitress.

This is a guest post from Karen who took part in the 'NOISE Young & Jobless' radio documentary series, broadcast over 4 months on BBC 5Live in 2012. The programme followed four unemployed young people as they looked for work, hooking them up with mentors and advice on their journey. For more information about this project, the particpants and mentors    --See Here--