Friday, December 19, 2014

Blogmas | Life After Graduation

It's crazy to think that this time last year I was stressing over my final year of uni, and this time 7 months ago I had just finished. I graduated in June, and since then it's been a bit of a whirlwind. I've spoke a lot recently about learning things this year, especially in my post about change the other day, so I won't go on another rant about that. 
I didn't really know what to expect after graduation. I studied Fashion Promotion, but truthfully came out of it with a love for the promotional/media/writing side, rather than the fashion side (hence the complete lack of fashion related posts!) and that's where I started to look for work. I didn't want to go into retail, so I held off for as long as I could. In the end it worked out as I avoided retail. 
One thing I will say to you is don't be afraid about signing on as a jobseeker. It's a daunting thing, and I have to admit I was put off by it for a while, but at the end of the day you're probably going to be paying tax for the rest of your working life, and you're not just not working because you can help it. I ended up doing some admin work experience with my job centre, because it gave me something to do, and I truthfully met some wonderful people from it. 
I gave myself an aim when I graduated, and that was to get a job that I wanted to do within 6 months. I didn't think I'd actually manage it, after the multiple interviews and disappointment that came with them, but just over a month ago I had an interview with the NSPCC and I got the job. I started work on Monday, after a few problems with paperwork/admin etc, and it is the craziest but best thing. In my opinion, I am finally an adult. I have a job. I commute into London daily. I work 9-5. I will get paid a salary monthly. 
It's so hard to take in! It's been a wonderful first week, and I am so happy to have started, but it is important to remember that life after graduation doesn't always go as plan. It does take a while to find a job you want, but eventually you will. Going to uni will be worth it. Having the experiences, meeting new people, making friends for life, learning about yourself, having a wonderful relationship. It is all worth it. Friendships and relationships may not last after uni, but they shape you into the adult you become. You may not end up doing anything related to your degree, but just the fact that you have a degree helps to shape your future. 
Do not stress about life after graduation. You will get there. Just look at me, I've done it. 
Sophie x
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2 comments on "Blogmas | Life After Graduation"
  1. Well said! I'm currently in graduate limbo, just waiting for masters offers..but honestly we're so young, plenty of time for that!

    1. Graduate limbo is the worst! It's so difficult to know whether to just try retail or to keep looking! Good luck with your masters :)