I'm not unemployed yet, but as I'm pregnant, I won't be working that much longer. Nevertheless, I'll be getting 67 % of my salary for the next year (thank you, German parental leave benefit!)
My BF is finishing university in September and will have the joy of applying in a near comatose labour market. With the added pressure of being provider for a family. He'd stay home and look after the baby so I can keep working, but as the afore mentioned parental leave benefit depends on your income, we'd actually loose money this way. My salary isn't bad, but not enough to feed two people and a baby. Not to mention it wouldn't look good to stay home right after your graduation (ah, yes, the joys of having "no experience").
While I'm a stay at home mother, I plan on adding an MA in Labour Psychology to my resume, so I can justify staying at home after only working 1,5 years. The added bonus: I can teach Economics at high-schools if the job market doesn't pick up. We'll see. I'm still positive, but it *is* really scary having a baby with all this uncertainty around. My parents could help us out if push came to shove, but I'd really, really rather not. I've not been dependant on my parents for a while (even though they were very generous in paying for my education) and I'd hate to start again just when I'm having a family of my own.
Hopefully, this won't be an issue as BF is very smart, has good grades and an HR manager as a coach (me
). I'll make sure he's a grade A interviewee.
Sending good vibes to all the unemployed Ehellions out there, especially the US Hellions. I know that the situation is a lot tougher where you are.