My Life After Graduation

April 27, 2015

For many people out there the time at University will be rapidly be drawing to a close and all those years of security in the education system will soon be coming to an end. I myself graduated in July last year and since then it’s been a turbulent year for me so I thought I’d share my experience.

Leaving Uni was going to be tough after 18 years in education.
Success #1 – I was organised, when it came to the end of exams in June I had a holiday planned for almost immediately after and them and  another planned for the month after graduation. It meant after a year of hard work I finally had some time to sit back, relax and enjoy myself.

Success #2 – I’d spent the first semester of my final year searching far and wide for graduate schemes and was lucky enough to have landed a great one. It meant that I had some security for after I finished, the scheme would start in September giving me a summer to rejuvenate and best of all, the wage was amazing!

Graduation is a happy day but there's an overwhelming sense of uncertainty.

Mistake #1 – The scheme I had been accepted on required me to relocate 150 miles from home with poor transport links and put me in the middle of the countryside. I thought the job would be so interesting that none of this would matter; I enjoyed hiking in the hills so I was sure I’d be happy to live in the country. Wrong. I hated it, moving so far away didn’t suit me at all, I hardly saw my boyfriend, I wasn’t near anything and I didn’t know anyone. I should have thought it through more carefully.

Success #3 – Whilst I hated where I was living it meant that I would drive the 150 miles every Friday night and Sunday afternoon in order to spend some time at home so what I did gain was an awful lot of experience and confidence at driving on the motorway. A small victory, but a victory none the less.  

I had no idea what to do at the ceremony, just copied everyone else!

 Mistake #2 – The scheme I’d chosen had sounded great, a huge wage and a really exciting industry with loads of potential for the future, but the reality? They hadn’t decided what department I was to work in until days before I started (despite months of knowing I was coming) I was put somewhere completely irrelevant to my degree and doing work I could have done straight out of high school. What about all the future potential? There was none unless I intended on becoming an engineer. The scheme was crap, I alone and I felt completely trapped. 

Success #4 – I couldn’t stand the life I was living and I changed it. I handed in my notice before I’d even found another job to go to because I knew that life wasn’t for me and I didn’t want to find myself becoming even more miserable by sticking with it just because everyone else thought I should.

Success#5 – I found another job, it was much closer to home and relevant to my degree, I took a huge pay cut but it meant I’d be happier, I could have a life and I could be closer to my friends and family.

So here I am in that second job after graduation, happy to be close to home and happy to have a good life in the evenings and at the weekend, but job wise I still haven’t got it right. My current “relevant to my degree” job has even less work to do than when I was on the scheme. Perhaps desperately grabbing the first relevant thing I could find was mistake #3?

It’s 10 months on from my finishing university and I still don’t have a clue where I’m going or even what I actually want to do! All my organisation didn’t pay off at all and I feel at a loss. So if you’re finishing university soon and have no idea what to do, don’t worry the rest of us don’t either!
Good luck!!  

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  1. I actually wrote a post on why your degree doesn't matter - for the reasons you described in this post! I totally agree! / creative lifestyle blog.

    1. Thanks, I'll be sure to check it out! If I had time again if definitely do things differently

  2. Graduating university is a tough yet freeing time. Now you get to explore & see how "real life" is. :]

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    1. I hope I make the most of the real life opportunities! :)

  3. What an amazing blog post !!

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  4. This was an interesting post to read - even though I'm actually only in my first year of uni! But I always think it's a good thing to look ahead :)

    1. Thanks :) I wish I was back in first year! I agree though it's really good go start thinking beyond it

  5. I'm graduating in July and I have done no organisation of my life after, I kind of just go with the flow, I really hate trying to plan out my future aha! I'm glad you found a job closer to home in the end! I definitely don't think I could move really far away from all of my friends for a job!

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  6. I wish I'd been less organised and gone with the flow now I look back on it! I wouldn't recommend moving away :P good luck with the last of your final year!!!

  7. This was a great post :) I'm in my second year of a 4 year university course right now and it definitely makes me nervous thinking about what to do afterwards! But I guess whatever will happen will happen :)

  8. That's definitely the best attitude! I did a four year course as well, I wish I was still on it! I hope you're enjoying your uni course :)

  9. I didn't know what I wanted to do when I had to pick my choices in year 9 (aged 13) so I just decided I would like to be a nurse and everything I have done since is geared towards nursing. I didn't realise until recently that I actually don't know what I want to do, I'm one of those "Oh Id love to do journalism" "how good would criminology be?" "I wish I could do Law", there's a million subjects I want to do. So I just simply decided I'd do it later, I'll decide when I have life experience and not when im forced because of societies rules! :)

    I hope it all works out for you soon love. You don't need to rush into anything! As long as you're happy, that is all that matters


    1. Ah yes, that sounds just like me! 4 years of studying science has made me want to do anything but that now! I get exciting about the thought of all sorts of career paths.
      I'm still trying to work out which path will make me happy.

      Thanks for reading :)

  10. Thanks for this post! I already graduated and have yet to really do what makes me happy. But I'm trying, keep trying! :D

    1. I really hope we all do! There's nothing worse than doing a job where you're wishing your time away!


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