For 15 months after graduation I was a NEET. A ‘Not in Employment, Education, or Training’. It’s not a time I reminisce about, but as every writer knows, periods of despair are always worth mining for potential literary product.

What follows is an A to Z of different aspects of unemployment. Or, on what it was like to be unemployed in a particular place (northern England) at a particular time (2019 and 2020), the second half of it spent in COVID lockdown.

During, I lived with my parents and they supported me. So mine was a privileged unemployment. Long-term (Google…

Charlie Platts

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