So it has been a few years since I graduated and one thing I wish I was more prepared for was life after graduation. As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to attend university, what I didn’t realise was that even though I was ambitious I was not as prepared for life after graduation as I would have liked. In fact, I don’t think most of us are. Here are some of the things I wish I knew about life after graduation.
You will be broke as hell
Yes, this is true, in fact even as I am writing this now, I am not as financially stable as I would like to be. After graduation, you may find you have to move back with your family for a while or live in a house share.
Remember, this is not going to be forever and it is something which is universal for everyone at this stage in their life.
It will take a while to get the role you want
Unfortunately, especially if you are in a creative industry, chances of you landing your dream role straight out of university is highly unlikely. I had to do a diploma in Multi-Media Journalism to even get a small piece of the industry I wanted to be in. My first full-time job out of university had absolutely nothing to do with my career it was only after proving myself I was able to bring my digital skills to the role.
Each workplace is different
I have worked in a range of workplaces from offices of companies from 15 to companies of 5. Each one is different has their own rules. Learning to adapt to new people around you and the ways of a new office can take a while to get used to. A good workplace will be inviting and help you learn and develop your career while using your skills to help the organisation grow. You may have to compromise a little but make sure you are in an environment you feel safe and secure in.
You never stop learning
I am constantly reading development books on how to grow my skills as a blogger, person and someone who has a career in PR. I love nothing more than finding courses on sites such as future learn which are free and available to do in your own time.
Talk to your family and friends
I struggled a lot after graduation, I felt like a failure for a while and it affected my confidence, increasing my anxiety and even triggered bouts of depression for a while. It is only after I started opening up to my friends and family, I was able to see I was not alone and in fact what I was going through was pretty normal for people in their twenties – they don’t call them the quarter life crisis for anything.
Life after graduation is a long steep road. It comes with bends and curves which you cannot always predict. The thing to remember is that you are not alone. The first few years after graduation is a wonderful mixed up time for all of us. With hard work – listening to your feelings and your body and focusing on what you want from life, you will come out the other side.