Hi there, I can't seem to find another thread on this, but I have heard that unemployment looks quite bad on a med school app. Can any adcoms comment on this? I am currently employed (have been working for 2.5 years), but straight out of undergrad, I apparently had no real world planning skills so I moved to a new state with my SO before having a job lined up. I had a very hard time finding a job (I'm not trying to make excuses, but I'm wondering if this could have been due to NOT applying for jobs before I graduated/right after graduating, and waiting until like Aug/Sept when many entry-level positions are filled by new grads...), and I had poor coping skills so I didn't fill my time with meaningful things to write on my app. I was always able to work hard to get good grades and worked as a research assistant during college. I didn't expect that finding a job would be hard because I thought I had a good resume for being straight out of college. I took the summer off to see family/travel after graduation. I moved 3 months after graduating. About 3 months after moving, I started volunteering at 2 different places to fill my time. After 3 months of volunteering (so 6 months after moving), I finally found a research position. This is all in the past now, and I really do believe that I have learned a lot from the experience: humility, better planning, better coping, and I know this sounds cheesy, but I do feel like I have become a more accepting/less judgmental person. In total, I have 9 months of not working, and 6 months of not working or volunteering. This makes me extremely nervous. I don't consider myself lazy, and I'm embarrassed about how I handled this period in my life. Other than this ~6 month period of unemployment, I think I am a *decent* applicant. Is this taboo to write about as a "challenge" in a secondary? I realize that this challenge was very well brought on by myself. But I suppose in life, sometimes you make poor, immature choices. I just don't know if this is needlessly highlighting my trouble finding a job. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!