18 Things Every Recent Graduate Will Probably Be Doing This Summer
University summer holidays are the longest ones we’ll ever have. How will you spend your last one? (Aside from drinking Pimms).
Because all of a sudden your life has no direction and you’ve no idea what you’re actually going to do with it.
2. Applying for grad jobs.
And endlessly trying to demonstrate your ‘good team work and communication skills’, despite knowing that everyone in the world who’s ever written a CV has those too.
3. Getting rejected from grad jobs.
Usually in the form of an automated email telling you that your application was unsuccessful but ‘no feedback can be provided at this stage’.
4. Wondering how you’ll ever stand out against the hundreds of other graduates going for the same jobs you are.
Everyone is reading the same CV advice articles which kind of defeats the point.
5. Settling for a non-graduate job whilst waiting to be offered a graduate job.
6. Contemplating a Master’s degree.
It might not make you more employable but at least it would buy you some time.
7. An unpaid internship.
Which you’ll probably hate every minute of.
8. Arguing with your parents.
After moving back home you realise that they still have no respect for your privacy and like to fire you with questions every time you leave the house.
9. Although secretly appreciating some perks of living with them.
10. Migrating to London.
The graduate land of hope and opportunity.
11. Avoiding the job hunt to do some much needed travelling.
You’re still so young and you’ve only just graduated. You want to see the world and you’re entitled to do so.
12. And if you don’t avoid it then you at least postpone it.
Whilst you do something charitable like a TEFL course in China or volunteering in Africa.
13. Answering questions about what you’re going to do next.
Usually asked by a family member who didn’t go to university and thinks you shouldn’t have either.
14. Contemplating a Master’s again.
It would be such an attractive option if only you could afford it.
15. Wallowing in self-pity because you’re no longer a student.
Which has been a vital part of your identity for the last few years.
16. Behaving like a student even though you no longer are one.
By drinking irresponsibly.
17. And sleeping all day.
18. And devoting hours of your time to Netflix.
Old habits die hard, but you know that you’ll get a job eventually, so why bother acting professional until it’s absolutely necessary?