Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Life After Graduation

  Life after Graduation can take a little while to adjust to. Becoming a graduate is weird, everything you've known for the past three years becomes an unrealistic blur, and I'm not sure I was prepared for what was to come. You have more money than you've had in the past three years, but with that comes more responsibility; what with jobs, cars and bills to pay. Not only do you have a challenging house market to contend with, you also have the challenge of finding a job that you feel happy within, and satisfies you.


 Thankfully, I managed to find mine pretty quickly so adjusting to Grad life has been smoother than I ever thought it would be! However, when I headed back to Canterbury last weekend, it made me miss uni more than I ever thought I would. I had the best night, reunited with all my friends, and it the reality that this is no longer a regular thing made me more grateful for the time we had together, but also sad about how much fun we used to have - especially in third year.

 Some of the things that have helped me adjust to this new lifestyle are things that I thought I would share, just to help anyone who's graduation is looming ahead of them, and they feel a bit unsure about their next chapter!

One / You will earn money, and it will be fantastic - you'll work hard for that money, which will ultimately make you feel even better than money that just sort of dropped into your account every term. It's a great feeling!

Two / Things will go wrong and you will have to spend that hard earned money on fixing your car/paying for your broken phone/ paying for something adulty - but that's OK, because next month you might save even more than you'd ever hoped which will help you sort these annoying things out in the future.

Three / University matures you, but working full time will add to that maturity - at Uni, you have meals to cook and clothes to clean with probably less lectures than hours at work. Going to work everyday makes you responsible for things that will have an impact on others, instead of just being responsible for yourself and your work at university

Four / You will miss the care-free days of uni, but appreciate the days you have off now even more - uni was great, I would work super hard in the mornings so I could bum around all afternoon, but now my days off are more limited, so I appreciate them more than I ever have before!

Five / Missing your old uni companions is inevitable, but working will bring you fantastic, new friends, and moving home will unite you with old friends too - this one might not apply for everyone because you and your uni friends might decide to stay in the same place, but for me (having moved home), I've been united with old friends, and made new ones too!

 Adjusting to the new lifestyle can be a challenge, but I just like to think of it as a new chapter in my lifestyle, and that's totally fine with me. University was fabulous, and I will have happy memories of it, but I was ready to grow up and get stuck into the World of Work as such. Hopefully, if you're about to become a graduation in the next couple of months, this may have helped you feel a bit more prepared for what's to come!

Are you a graduate? How did you find adjusting to grad life?

16 comments:

  1. I love how positive this post is, and it's all so very true! I was definitely ready during the run up to the end of university to graduate and get stuck into the working world but I think I always get a little glum about it when I go back to visit my friend who's still at university or when I look through photos. But another positive is that you have your whole life ahead of you still! :) Great post!

    Issy | MissIsGoode xox

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    1. Yes I think the end is so bitter sweet for many! You really do, and whilst its a shame you'll never be back at uni you'll still have the great memories to go with it. Graduate lifestyles also have their perks XX

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  2. Great post lovely, I'll never forget my first proper professional job pay check I had after leaving uni- I didn't quite know what to do with myself (start paying back my loan...yaaawn). I totally agree with missing the lazy days...man I wish I'd appreciated them more!



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    1. It was so exciting! (not so much so now I've started saving for a house but you know, the idea is there) I wish I had too but equally I get really bored when I am lazy now so there's a big difference in myself already!XX

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  3. Life after university is an interesting experience. It's just so different & unique compared to the life before uni. Adjusting to the new lifestyle is a challenge & a journey. Best of luck on your new endeavor. :]

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    1. Yeah it really is - life is completely different to how it was before, but perhaps even more exciting than before although definitely more scary! Thank you very much. I hope you settled into life after grad well too! XXX

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  4. The post is fantastic! I love it so much:)
    Have a nice day!

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  5. Such a great post, and I agree! It's strange to suddenly be thrown into a new lifestyle but there's so many positives :) I'm glad you're having such a great time after uni!

    Hazel xx

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    1. Thank you - yes it is peculiar but there are definitely some perks. I am having a great time, but feeling it a bit after a busy week! Always highs and lows xxx

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  6. I really love the positive stance you've taken on this! Graduation can be a really strange and scary time, especially with it being so difficult to get that dream job but it does get easier and I find you really grow as a person!

    Musings & More

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    1. You definitely do. I've only been finished for 9/10 months and I already feel like a completely different person to the one who left uni! XX

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  7. Congratulations on graduating :) I love how positive this post is xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Thank you very much! Yes I do feel quite positive about having finished and moving onto new and exciting things! XX

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  8. This post is so spot on! I graduated almost two years ago now and I've definitely felt each one of these things during that time. Sometimes I miss the freedom or uni, being able to manage your own time and having mid-week days off, but I also love the routine of working full-time and of knowing you have every weekend off and making the most of that time. Uni was wonderful and it taught me so much but life after graduation has been pretty fun too :)
    Nicole xxx
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    1. It's a time of lots of emotions that's for sure! I agree, sometimes (especially when I am tired) I miss the free time, but at the same time it is more precious now that I am working full time, so it is better in a way! I think we have pretty similar views - uni was great, but I was so ready to graduate and do exciting new things!

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