As a recent graduate, I had hoped to start working in a full time position in a sector I am interested in. However covid meant reduced opportunities, and I had to rely on furlough money from my part time retail job, which wasn’t very much and definitely not enough to sustain myself on. I feel grateful that I’ve been able to live at my parents house, however it is not an ideal situation and my mental health has suffered as a result. I have felt in a general state of anxiety and depression, and I have lost confidence in my ability to find a well paid job that reflects my skills. I now work in a school as a teaching assistant, but the pay is still below what is need to live independently.