Boo f’ing hoo. Maybe next time they’ll think about NOT voting for a Socialist turd and his enablers in Congress.
I’m part of that group at 26 years old and I haven’t voted for a socialist turd, ever.
Okay, I tell a lie. I voted McCain and Romney because Obama was worse.
But having said that, what am I supposed to do now? The only reason I have a computer is because I work my extremely part-time job from it for all of $100 a week, and that’s the BEST job available to me at the moment. Other than that, I’m unemployed, have crushing student debt, and what few savings I had were used to try to pay down all the other debt that Obama’s first term forced me into.
So what do you propose that I do now? I want to be a maker and not a taker, but there’s nothing I can do! I can’t even serve in the armed forces because of my health problems.
“...So what do you propose that I do now?...”
Whatever you can to survive until (if) things better.
Not being a wiseass - I’ve BEEN there. Hell. I dug graves and cut grass in a cemetery back in the day just to make a living and pay my bills.
You take the BEST job you can get - and you get it by going door to door at EVERY business in your area, and you KEEP doing it every day until you get something.
“...Im part of that group at 26 years old...”
No, you’re NOT part of “that” group; Read the title.
You’re part of the group that got affected by what the assholes and idiots of THAT group voted for, and I do feel sorry for you. And I worked with others just like you. Kids with degrees, right out of college, and in debt, who just found themselves unemployed. Nobody’s safe and secure right now.
Do whatever you can - pump gas, change tires, work the cashier counter at MacDonald’s or Burger King, take whatever position you can get for now, and work the hell out of it to make ends meet.
Cut back on things you don’t absolutely need.
Parents still around? Move back with them if they’ll let you and start socking cash away, whatever little bit you can.
That’s how you survive tough times, kid. You get tougher, and you use whatever skillsets and talents God gave you and those you made for yourself.
I wish you well, and you have prayers from many, many people out here.
Keep trying. I know how hard it can be. Try to figure out your good points and what you might be good at or specialize in that would make an employee take notice. There are projects you can join on the Internet that you could help with. Sometimes donating free time will lead to a real job.
If you have a hard-wired phone line, a DSL or other high-speed internet connection, and can keep the room you work in quiet, you could try http://www.alpineaccess.com
I used to work there, and it was one of my favorite jobs. I can tell you from experience that they’re always looking for good workers.
It’s mainly a virtual call center, and they contract with a variety of companies, each with a different pay scale, but I was making $12 an hour to sit in my jammies and talk on the phone all day :) I only left because I lost the use of my vocal chords. It was a fun job.
Did your student debt come with a degree? What is your educational background?
Get Don Drivers DVD’s and learn the art of pitch—invest $20 bucks in some wooly worms, or svengali decks and go to work downtown... If you can build a tip, turn the tip and clear the midway, you will never go broke...
What is the student debt for? Some type of degree?
Luircin I really hope you hang in there. While most of us on this board are decades older, we have all been through it. Probably not to the extent that your generation is facing, but I do have some experience with this. It is crucial that you stay positive. I can’t stress that enough. If you get down too far you can easily lose a decade of your life. So first admit you are in the sh!t, and you’ll probably be there for a few more years. That’s ok. Keep a healthy perspective. You’re broke and living with family, you’re not being held in the Hanoi Hilton for years. What I’m saying is a lot of good men have been through much worse and came out of it. So focus on positive thoughts and don’t let your self esteem get down.
So much of male identity is tied to work it can be really degrading to be unemployed. Don’t fall into the misery trap. If you are unemployed, it really can be the perfect time to reassess and redirect your life. Make a plan. Find any legitimate way to increase your income. Even if only in small increments each week. Take any part time job you can. So what if you are just a part time cook at a little restaurant? You are getting out of the house, making some cash, and learning something. It is crucial for your self esteem that you do something. Or try to make your own little jobs. Back in the day we didn’t have the internet to supplement our income, you do. Use it!
While trying to bring in more money the other key is reduce spending. Now is a great time to eliminate costly bad habits, silly spending. Student loans can be deferred during this crisis. They usually will work with you. And don’t beat yourself up too much about it. You are not mooching, you are trying to get your financial house in order. Start keeping a financial record. Of everything. Trust me, it’s pretty easy when your broke, and it’ll help you not be broke in the future.
During periods of joblessness some guys let appearances go, don’t fall into this trap. Get up early, get in shape, set yourself a six month goal for something you can really do: lose weight, quit smoking, run a marathon, something tangible you can accomplish with this um, down time.
Stay away from negative people. It’s better to have one true friend than a dozen fools. While living at home sucks, make it positive. Do projects around the house, cook, clean, make sure you feel like you contribute.
Take this time in your life to pick up new and useful skills. They might end up as a job, or as something useful down the road.
Be a part of a church, civic group, something that gets you out of the house doing something other than worrying.
I’m not saying it will all get better overnight, in fact I think we are in for a long miserable decade. If we are lucky. But I also think that you’re only 26 and having a rough time. So use this time to make yourself into the man you want to be at 36. It is a long, difficult haul, but it also life.
I have read your subsequent posts.
My enmity was most certainly not aimed at someone like yourself, it was aimed at those who voted for Obama and his political ilk, expecting freebies. It should be, for them, a lesson in “unintended consequences” - which is really a lesson in thinking things through, not just acting based on emotions or the trends of the day.
I understand your anguish at your financial situaton. I’ve been there, both as a single person and as a husband and father. It is tough for most people, and all I can tell you is to persevere. Do what you must that is moral to survive and gradually begin to remedy your situation - and years down the line you will probably be glad for the struggle that you successfully waged. As I said, I know first hand how you are feeling now, and I didn’t feel so great about it then, but I’m glad to have survived. Keep at it, you’ll do fine.
Maybe you can do something online to help your financial situation improve - there are lots of ideas in free books available for the Kindle at www.ereaderiq.com (and you don’t need a Kindle player - any computer and most smartphones can download a Kindle player). Maybe one will help you.
Best of luck, and no hard feelings.
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