16 Foolproof Tips for Surviving Funemployment


There are few questions more dreaded by recent college grads than, “So, do you have a job yet?”

Because, if you’re one of the many new B.S. awardees who has no freakin’ clue what you want to do, let alone how to get someone to pay you for it, even the mention of long term career goals is enough to make you want to hide under the bed and drink an entire six-pack.

Given that, it seems pretty likely that the world ‘FUNemployment’ is meant to be delivered with a healthy dose of irony. After all, getting your life together is anything but fun.

It’s like the life equivalent of a hangover; college was a blast, but now you have to sober up and deal with reality. Cheers to you, recent grad, for your $150,000 piece of paper and moving back home with mom and dad.

So yea, it sounds dire; but before you contemplate fleeing the country to hide from your student loan debt (yes, this a real thing people do; don’t get any ideas), maybe try coping with it instead.

You will be employed… eventually. But not forever. And it’s all gonna be okay.

Until then, here are 16 ways to survive funemployment.

1. Accept it.

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Be real with yourself. You just graduated (or got fired) and you are unemployed. No matter how much you drink to forget it (which we don’t recommend because you’re probably low on money), that’s still where you’re at.


2. Find a new hobby.

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Don’t just sit around on your ass. Use your free time for something more productive than binge-watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. Start knitting, or beekeeping(!) or reading for funzies.


3. Hit the gym.

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It’s not enough to get off your ass – you’ve got to move dat ass. Join a running club or start working out at home. Now that you no longer have the metabolism of an 18-year-old, taking care of yourself is more important than ever. Plus, exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.

Written by Mary McCaw

Mary is a freelance writer and editor. She's based in San Francisco, but lately, home is wherever her suitcase is. If you really are what you eat, she is at least 50% pizza.