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Monday August 19th 2019

20-year-old journalism graduate working from home due to anxiety attack and seeking support

Hi Gilbert,

Hope this email finds you well. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for providing support for unemployed people. It’s reassuring to know that we are not alone in this gloomy world. It’s the little things that count. Thank you, really.

After much consideration, I feel that I could really use some career counselling. Wondering if this could be done via email?

I’m currently working as a freelance writer. I’m 20 years old, recently graduated from a journalism school. I earned my diploma through distance learning. Due to health reasons (I suffer from migraines and anxiety), I work from home.

There are good and bad days, I would say. I’m not working at this moment and truthfully speaking, I’m feeling anxious about it.

I’m open to any suggestion you have in mind. Thank you for taking the time to read this email of mine. I look forward to your response.

Warmest wishes,

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2 Responses to “20-year-old journalism graduate working from home due to anxiety attack and seeking support”

  1. Owen says:

    Why nowadays the young generation so ‘strawberry’ and soft one?

  2. this2shallpass says:

    Priscilla, allow me to offer a few suggestions:

    1. Select a few areas to specialize in, for example, creative writing, blog, copy writing, technical writing, editing, website writing, etc. These should preferably something that you enjoy doing.

    2. Build up a portfolio of your writings. They do not have to be paid work, just to make it easier for potential clients to see what you are capable of producing.

    3. Market yourself online. You can use Facebook and other social media. You can even try to put up a website (a basic web hosting service costs less than a cup of latte at Starbucks per month).

    4. Sign up with freelancer websites.

    5. Spend time on line and look at the website of various SMEs in Singapore and surrounding countries, and check out their content. The writing of some of these sites can be atrocious. When you find one such website, rewrite one of the pages and send it to the company with an offer to rewrite their whole website – for a fee of course.

    6. Explore other revenue sources such as giving tuition to students from other countries.

    If you would like to discuss some of these ideas further, you can request my email address from Gilbert.

    Best of luck.

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