Here in Michigan, nearly 16% of our population is unemployed right now, and that doesn’t include the people who are under-employed or have just stopped looking for work. It can be a very difficult time, and as someone who has been unemployed long-term, I can relate to the frustration and boredom of unplanned off-time. But there are so many useful, worthwhile things you can do while you’re looking for new job! Here’s my list of the 7 ways to handle unemployment boredom… all of which I’ve done!
1. Go back to school
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Not only will going back to school make you more attractive to potential employers, it’s also a great networking opportunity, and it’s interesting. Sure, it can be … daunting… to be the oldest person in the room sometimes, but it’s still worth a shot, and if you’re unemployed, you may even be able to go back to school for free!
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We all have our favorite charities and worthy causes, so why not spend one day a week volunteering your time with yours? Read to sick children in the hospital, help build houses for struggling families, tend to sick or abused animals at the shelter. There’s so much good you can do!
3. Keep a journal
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Keeping a journal is a great way to battle boredom and depression. It can also end up being lucrative — you could always convert your journal or blog to a money-making publishing deal!