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22 Important Lessons Every Recent Graduate Can Learn From Lizzie McQuire

So you finished university.

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And quickly realised the real world isn’t too kind to recent grads.

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You’re back home, looking to make use of that expensive degree and hoping you’ll soon have your life back.

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It feels like it’s never going to happen, but with a little advice you’ll be there in no time…

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1. As much as you hate not having your independence, don’t be too hard on your parents.

They are housing you after all. And feeding you.

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2. With that in mind, don’t forget to appreciate the benefits of your current situation.

Sure you may be unemployed or job you hate, and yes you miss university, but life could always be worse.

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3. It’s okay to still not know what you want out of life.

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4. But while you’re still figuring it out, get work experience wherever you can. It’s better than a gappy CV.

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5. Don’t forget to keep your mind stimulated.

You don’t want to forget three years’ worth of education in just as many weeks.

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6. It’s important you don’t waste all your free time like you used to at university. 

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7. The sooner you accept that university is over the better.

Once you move on from student life you’ll start to appreciate the perks of being a graduate.

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8. You should also start ditching your nocturnal student habits.

As soon as you land a job you won’t have long to readjust.

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9. When applying for jobs, there will be times when you question whether you even have any skills.

But everyone who is good at something only became good after being employed. That will happen to you too.

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10. People will tell you to lower your expectations, but you should manage them instead.

It’s okay to punch high as long as you know what you’re up against.

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11. No matter how competitive or difficult to get into, pursue your passions.

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12. And work hard for everything you want. Don’t wait for it to come to you.

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13. But before you do anything, don’t forget to update your email address to something a little more professional.

Your old msn addy will get you nowhere.

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14. Invest in some professional clothes for interviews.

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15. And practice your interview techniques.

Let the nerves get the better of you and you’re out.

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16. Keep in touch with your friends from university.

Make time to arrange plans – and actually stick to them.

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17. And be encouraging about their hopes and dreams.

You’ll be needing it in return.

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18. Because rejection will come. And it’ll hurt.

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19. It’s okay to complain every once in a while.

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20. Just remedy your problems with Netflix and food.

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21. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a graduate.

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22. Just stay positive, accept the challenge and give it your best.

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