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Expectations of Life After University Vs. The Reality

You arrive at university fresh faced and hopeful about what’s next to come. You leave university slightly less fresh-faced, fairly worn out from all the hard work (partying) but still with a glimmer of hope about your post-university future.

Finally, you’re a graduate. This means you’re free, right? Well…

 

1. 

Expectation:

“I’ll get a fantastic graduate job where they train me AND pay me at the same time. It can’t be that hard to get a good job. I’m a graduate now.”

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Reality:  

With no experience whatsoever and the high and difficult demand of graduate jobs/jobs in general it’s actually quite hard to find any work at all. In fact, the only job you’ve been offered is in a call centre selling dodgy insurance on minimum wage.

 

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2.

Expectation:

You’ll move out of your grimy student flat and into a new, swanky apartment overlooking the Thames.

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The Daily Touch

Reality:

You’re back living with mum & dad. Sure, there’s a fridge full of exquisite Waitrose goodness, but there’s also a constant nagging in your ear reminding you that you don’t yet have a job.

 

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3.

Expectation:

You’re going to have all the fun and have your life completely sorted out before you even THINK about settling down.

Reality:

1 year later and you’re up the duff. Bun in the oven. With child. Your new career, according to Facebook, is ‘Full-Time Mummy’ – they don’t teach you that at Uni.

 

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4.

Expectation: 

You’re going to save all your uni work and show it to your children in 20 years time with pride.

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Reality:

On a rather tacky post-uni night out, you lose your handbag which contains the one and only USB stick with any uni work on it. Oh well.

 

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5. 

Expectation:

You plan to go travelling to find yourself, meet fascinating people and work a cool job to fund it all. Then you’ll learn the language and probably just stay there because everything will be so perfect.

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Reality:

If you even manage to find the time or money to go travelling, it certainly isn’t the paradise experience you anticipated. You arrive at your destination and immediately spend most of your money on buckets of alcohol, cheaply made attire and McDonald’s. Full Moon party, anyone? “I have a BA Hons in downing a bucket of alcohol in under 60 seconds. Through a straw. Upside down. Naked.” Stay classy.

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6.

Expectation:

You’ll be considered a real intellect by yourself and others.

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Reality:

You lie in bed covered in hummus and pizza wondering whether life would be easier if you lived in the Game of Thrones world. You’re fooling no one.

 

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7.

Expection: 

You’re going to have a life and stop wasting time.

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Reality:

You play Candy Crush (still), take snapchat selfies everywhere you go and basically haven’t changed your technology habits at all since uni.

 

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9.

Expectation:

You will be happy and satisfied with your life choices.

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Reality:

You’ve changed your mind (again) about what you want to do with life. You now need another, completely different degree in order to achieve your new goal. And so it begins.

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