“Good luck”

When I graduated, my Dad (who’s a civil engineer) asked me, “So what are you going to do about getting a job then?”. I replied calmly that I’d probably have to move to London and spend 6 months or so working for various companies for free to get enough ‘industry experience’ to bolster my CV and make contacts to eventually (hopefully) get a job. I’ve since had to explain this to several other people who work for different industries, and each time I’ve done so I’ve been met variously with disbelief, outrage, pity and no small amount of people wishing me a sarcastic ‘good luck’.

That said, I managed to get a placement outside of London and after working there for a month (luckily) they took me on. So I guess the system kinda works.

Just try explaining that to my Dad.

This comment originally appeared on the Creative Review website.

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