Sunday, 28 July 2019

One Year On From Graduation


Seeing so many graduation photos recently has got me thinking about how my life has changed since my graduation day and what I've learnt over the last year. It also got me thinking "how the hell was my graduation one year ago!?" - it's quite terrifying how quickly that year has gone! I feel like I have learnt some valuable life lessons since graduating that I can impart on anyone who's now worrying about their future after university.

IT'S OK TO NOT HAVE YOUR LIFE FIGURED OUT
I was stressing so much in the build up to my graduation because I didn't have a job or any plans lined up for when it was over. I felt like the only one graduating without any idea of what to do next and I was starting to question what the point of my degree was when I couldn't secure a job (if you've read my post about job applications then you'll understand how much I struggled with this). I didn't receive an offer for a place on a graduate scheme until March this year, where I managed to secure my dream job so it was worth the wait in the end - I was just about ready to give up and accept any job that came my way but I'm so glad I stuck at pursuing my dream career. Looking back now, I wish I hadn't stressed so much about getting a job straight away and enjoyed my impromptu 'year-out' a bit more because when am I next going to get this amount of time off?

SEE THE WORLD
Following on from my point above; if you don't have anything planned after your graduation, then I would definitely recommend going travelling. Over the last couple of months, I've visited 4 different places and I find it so invigorating exploring new places. If I wasn't panicking so much about getting a job, then I would have loved to have done more travelling. It's going to be a lot more difficult to get time off work when you're in a full-time job so you may as well make the most of having no responsibilities whilst you still can!

IT'S DIFFICULT TO STAY FRIENDS WITH EVERYONE
University brings people from all over the country to one place, some even from different countries, so when everyone graduates and moves back home or relocates for a job, it can be incredibly difficult to arrange to see everyone. I've been quite lucky that most of my friends from uni don't live too far away from me but, with everyone leading such different lives now, it still can be difficult to organise a meet up. There's also those people who you were friends with at uni but who weren't part of your main friendship group and so you're more likely to drift apart from them once you've graduated. My advice would be to make sure you message them every once in a while and see if you're ever in the same place at the same time - I tend to look through my contacts and see who I haven't messaged in ages and then have a catch up with them. Sometimes it can feel a bit one-sided if you're always initiating the conversation, but you've spent 3 years at uni with these people so it's likely that they're just busy.

JOIN A CLUB
It's no secret that it's difficult to make friends when you're an adult and no longer at university. I was an active member of a few clubs at uni and when I graduated I felt like I became really anti-social because I was no longer a member of any clubs. I missed meeting new people and having a reason to leave the house (other than for work). If you enjoyed being a part of clubs and societies at uni, then you should look into local clubs near you so you can continue to be a part of something and make new friends.

MAKE THE MOST OF GRADUATION WEEK
The university I went to (University of Exeter) had a graduation week with a ball on the final day - I'm sure that some universities are different - but if you do have a graduation week, then it's definitely worth going for the whole week. It's going to be the last time you're at uni with all of your friends and there's so much going on during grad week so make the most of it: go to your friends' graduation ceremonies, go to all of the club nights and do anything you haven't got round to doing before you leave. Make sure you finish uni feeling content that you've made the most of it.


University was the best 3 years of my life and I initially found it difficult to adjust to life post-uni. If I could go back in time and give myself some advice, it would be to stop worrying about the future. When you graduate you feel like you need to have your life sorted but you're still young and have plenty of time to sort out your future. Hopefully this post has provided you with some useful advice if you're graduating this summer and, if you are, then congratulations!
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  1. I need to take your advice... and stop worrying about the future so much.

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    1. It's easier said than done! No matter how many people told me to stop worrying, I still couldn't until I got myself a job and then I was thinking "Why did I panic so much!?"

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  2. Aw gorgeous post Hun, so much amazing advice and you look so lovely in these pics!! x

    Grace Louise || www.gracelouiseofficial.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Congrats on graduating! I completely agree with all of these, I definitely didn't have anything figured out after my first degree and I enjoyed traveling in that time which I'd never change xx

    My Lovelier Days

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    1. Yes I'm so happy with how things worked out and that I got to do a bit of traveling x

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  4. i've recently finished my bachelor's degree! can't wait for my graduation. lovely post emma x

    erin azmir // lifestyle + journal + beauty

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  5. I agree with what you say about friends, everyone is following a different direction after graduation, some people are traveling, starting work, start family, move to another place etc but those who are important will stay in touch forever!! x

    Yiota
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  6. This time next year I will have graduated and thats so exciting yet so scary to me. I can't believe my university experience has gone this quickly - no idea what I'll be doing once I've graduated but I guess I'll start to figure that out soon!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Definitely make the most of your final year - it goes by so quickly! x

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  7. This is so reassuring to read! I'm heading into my fourth and final year of university and honestly have no idea what I want to do afterwards. I want to travel, but then I'm also concerned about what career path to take. I can't help but panic! x

    Evie x | www.eviejayne.co.uk

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    1. It's difficult not to panic but there will be a lot of people in a similar situation! I would definitely recommend travelling if you're able to x

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