24 Things You’ll Only Understand After Your First Job as a Graduate
You learn a lot in your first full-time job after university. Not all good…
1. The interview was the easy part. The hard part is eternally convincing your boss you weren’t a mistake.
2. And putting up with people trying to link your degree to the job you’re in.
3. Getting up for a 10am lecture is nothing compared to how early you have to get up now.
4. The similarities between work and university all-nighters are surprising.
Work. Tea break. Repeat.
5. As much as everyone wants to leave at the end of the day, no one wants to be the first.
6. Spending 100% of your time in meetings thinking, “why am I even here?”.
7. You become a completely different person when speaking on the phone.
8. When someone comes in sick you try to avoid them like the plague.
But inevitably end up sat next to them in a small meeting.
9. Office crushes are a thing.
And just like your library crush at uni, they always catch you at your worst.
10. You desperately want to be the person who brings in cheap, home-made, organic lunches everyday. But fail every week.
11. The time you spend waiting for a colleague to stop using the microwave is endless.
12. You finally understand the importance of Bank Holidays.
13. Thinking a friend has text you but it’s actually just another work email.
14. Loud typers are the worst.
15. Closely followed by the one who always eats smelly food at lunch.
16. “You won’t believe how long it took me to get in this morning” is the soundtrack of every working day.
17. When something vital (coffee) runs out and no one offers to get some more.
18. Reply All can be both the best and the worst, depending on how busy you are.
19. Telling someone you’re 100% busy won’t always stop them from asking you to do more.
20. When someone new walks into the office and everyone pops up from behind their computer and stares at them.
21. Being able to function on a Friday after Thursday night drinks is a really difficult part of your week.
22. It takes ~a long time~ to trust someone enough to make you a hot drink.
23. You thought you had no time at university, but now you actually have no time.
Social life? Sleep? How??
24. But ultimately you realise that, despite all graduating, everyone is really still at university.
But at least you finally have some of that “experience” everyone is always asking for.
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