16 Harsh Stages of Life For Recent Graduates, As Told By Wildlife Documentaries
Sometimes graduate life is exactly like being in a wildlife documentary. You suddenly find yourself in a harsh and unforgiving environment, caught up in a primal struggle to out-compete other grads in the race to survive in the real world.
1. When graduation happened before you were ready to no longer be a student.
2. When taking your first steps into life post-uni felt like taking a leap of blind faith into the unknown.
You are forcibly ejected from the academic system and into the real world, despite feeling as if you have not yet developed the skill set or indeed maturity levels required to function as an adult.
3. When your hunt for a graduate job started off confidently enough.
You have a degree now; you’ve got this.
4. But then quickly turned into what felt like a disaster.
Turns out a degree doesn’t count for all that much if you don’t already have a trillion years of industry experience under your belt.
5. When you literally felt like there were no jobs out there for you. At all. Anywhere.
You can’t help but question where this ‘wealth of opportunity’ your degree was supposed to give you has gone.
6. Or when you did find one that seemed promising but you suddenly felt plagued by self-doubt.
That’s definitely more responsibility than you’re ready for right now.
7. When you applied for something and actually felt confident only to receive a rejection letter shortly after.
8. When you finally managed to land an interview and got a much-needed boost of confidence.
You head off towards the office of your potential employer, your eyes locked on the prize.
9. Which then wavered as soon as you entered the building and were intensely scrutinised by the other candidates.
10. When you were in the interview and felt 10000000% out of your comfort zone.
11. And stumbled your way through every single question and answer.
12. When you felt as though graduate life is just a series of thinking you can do things before realising you can’t.
But then trying again anyway.
13. As well as madly flapping around, desperately trying to impress any employer who might pay the slightest bit of attention.
14. When you actually received a job offer and felt so surprised that you struggled to take it seriously.
It must be a joke. I’m a graduate; I only know how to be a student.