I have been unemployed nearly six months now. I have always worked hard, I always scored top marks in school and college, and earned myself a first class honours degree. I secured an excellent internship straight out of college, and managed to earn myself a full time job out of it. During the year I was employed there (six months as an intern, and six months as a full employee) I achieved all this while being very ill with glandular fever. (Or as it's know to you Americans, infectious mononucleosis.) My employer never knew I was ill, I worked hard to hid how sick I was from everyone I knew. Then, due to the company ending up in financial trouble, I was made redundant. I suffered a complete collapse of my health, and was forced to move back in with my parents. So for three months, I was pretty much stuck back at home in bed. My health has never properly recovered since I first became ill with glandular fever, but by January this year I felt well enough to start job hunting. At first I was hopeful, I got a decent amount of interviews/interest. But as time dragged on, any employment prospects I had have dried up. Although I have been job hunting three months, I have on paper been out of work for six months. I have been unemployed for so long, that employers no longer have any interest due to the big gap in my CV. Because I was too ill to seek out work when I first lost my job, I missed my only window of opportunity, and have become unemployable. Today is my birthday. I have just turned twenty-four. I have no friends, no job, no prospects, and no hope. I am living at home leaching off my parents. This is not were I saw myself being ten years down the road. All my hard work was for nothing. I don't want to live anymore. There is no place for a NEET like me in society.