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Life After Uni


This is a bit more of a personal post about how I'm finding life after uni. Hopefully a few of you can relate to this! I think the best way to describe life after university is 'unexpected'. Nothing has gone how I anticipated it would do and it's left me, and I'm sure a few others, stuck in a bit of a rut. The three photos of myself that I've used in that college, a picture of me at Colours Ball, one of me at work and one at graduation (why do I have such a beautiful face LOL), show how much has happened to me since finishing uni!

If you attend university, you are in education for 18(ish) years. You rely on teachers, lecturers and school staff to share their life advice in order to shape your own which, in my opinion, looking back was a stupid thing to do because after university you have nothing to turn to for the next bit of advice.

I found myself suddenly thrust into a world of job hunting which was the most depressing thing I've ever done. I've had part time jobs since I was 16 years old and felt confident in being able to get a career but was horrified when I was constantly ignored or rejected by employers, despite having my degree. My CV was written exactly how I've been told to write and I had relevant qualifications and experience for jobs. I wasn't even getting interviews. On many occasions I was receiving replies that 'there had been a large number of applications' so competition for graduate jobs was making it much harder. 

University opened up so many opportunities for me; I had my own independence, I met new people and learnt new ways to study and learn, but I feel like life after uni is almost the same as when I left school. Now I've managed to get a job but, despite how much I love working there, it's a job that I could have done without my degree making me initially question the worth of my uni experience.

Now I've had chance to settle into my new job, sit back and think about things. University was worth it. You gain valuable life experience that you can't gain in any other way. I've met people I'd never think of meeting and I've done things I wouldn't have dreamt of doing while I was in sixth form. I wouldn't have the job I have now if I hadn't have had a similar job part time during my time at university! Although I don't have a graduate job, I'm in a job I genuinely enjoy getting up for which I'm very grateful for. It's also given me chance to earn some money, start paying off my student overdraft and plan the next stages of life. The people I've met within my current job have inspired me to try for new experiences and given me a great new boost of confidence.

So if you've recently graduated and are feeling a bit down on 'post-uni blues' remember that it will pass and things will pick up. There are opportunities around every corner and you should grab every one, no matter how small, as they can lead to bigger things. University is a milestone in life so never regret going or take that part of your life for granted! You never know what will happen next in life so stay positive and optimistic :)


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