All play and no work makes Adam a dull boy

3:24pm Wednesday 9th June 2010

By Adam Terry

It’s early Monday afternoon and I’m on my own in a house in South Buckinghamshire. I haven’t decided to become a squatter, but rather I have finally returned home for good from university.

The last few days have been somewhat turbulent, which has seen my last ever examination, some end of university celebrations and an extremely taxing session of packing up all my possessions and driving back home for the final time.

Today’s change of pace has allowed me to reflect back on my time at university and how both the lifestyle and the people will be sorely missed.

But where one chapter ends, another begins. My days as a student are over and it’s now time to embark on a journey into the workplace.

However, with no full time job on the horizon, it’s hard to imagine how far this journey will take me and if it will even get passed the check-in desks.

In a matter of a few days, my status has changed from being a ‘student’ to ‘unemployed’, an unsettling transition to say the least.

Currently, June is looking to be a very quiet month, with much anticipation of many idle days pottering around the house, running minor errands for people, playing golf or just about anything to keep me away from daytime television.

Of course, I plan to continue on my quest in looking for jobs, but there is only a certain amount of completing applications and writing covering letters one can do in a day.

The World Cup kicks off next weekend, which I suppose is something that can provide ample distraction throughout the next few weeks.

Also, the producer from my placement company has asked for some help with the filming of a new TV pilot this Wednesday.

It’ll be good to catch up with people, get a bit of cash and also satisfy my curiosity on how things are developing with the show as I left the channel at a time that marked a new era for the organisation.

However, despite this it remains the case that I have an excessively long period in which to kill time before my summer job begins; around three weeks.

Another downer is that I know very few people locally who are in the same position as me. The majority of my friends are working, which leaves five days of the week without much face to face contact.

Now I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy the odd day of laying on a sofa and grazing on whatever food that may be lying around whilst switching indifferently between Murder She Wrote and Columbo.

Okay, so I like a bit of daytime television, but doing that for THREE WEEKS?!

I think that June is going to act as a little taster of what it is like to be unemployed; very, very boring. The boredom itself is enough to act as an incentive to try harder to look for available jobs.

There’s only a certain amount of procrastination I can do before it gets very tedious. I think this just highlights that what we like doing in our free time is only enjoyable in moderation.

As far as I’m concerned, there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing”. I heard once that “work feeds the soul”, a simple yet very poignant statement.

Take away a routine that requires an adequate but manageable amount of stress, and it destroys your leisure time.

Now I’m sure that a middle aged woman who has been working on a supermarket checkout for 30 years will undoubtedly have some different opinions on the joys of employment, but I firmly believe that we all need some form of labour.

Not purely for the monetary gains, but also to make the free time more rewarding.

A classic example is the difference in how students and regular working people treat weekends. People with a nine-to-five job appreciate their weekends so much more than a student who treat it like most other days.

I know this because I’ve been in both positions. During my placement, my attitude towards the weekend inevitably changed, and then shifted back again when I returned to Bournemouth for my final year.

Even at university, a student can commit to some sort of routine with lectures, seminars, drinking, sport, going to the cinema, and so on.

But it’s going to be a bit harder now considering that most people I know back home have full time jobs. In some respects, I’ll be looking forward to the weekends in the same way I would be if I had a job, but there’s the mundane bit in-between that’s not ideal.

I know many people who would consider their average day at work much more monotonous than my typical day at home, but I know which one I’d prefer.

At least they’re getting paid…


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