11 Lessons You’ve Learned The Hard Way Since Graduating From University
Because you’re still a long way from graduating from the university of life.
1. That your degree alone is hardly ever enough to qualify you for a graduate job.
“How”, you ask, “am I supposed to have three years experience and be a recent graduate?” Let me know when you find out. Let us all know.
2. And that time also flies when you’re not having fun.
Nobody said looking looking for graduate jobs was easy, but you’re not sure you would’ve signed up if you’d known it would be this hard.
3. Nobody ever seems to want to see actual proof of your degree.
Except for your mum, of course. Other than her, you’re often convinced you could’ve just saved yourself some money and lied.
4. If you want something doing, you’ve got to do it yourself.
It’s a cliché for a reason. Even if it didn’t feel like it at the time, university spoon fed you. From now on, if you haven’t heard back from someone, be it a friend or company, you’ve got to nag them, otherwise it might never happen.
5. That there’s a good chance you’ll have to go back to your old job for a while.
It’s not what you envisioned when you sat in that graduation hall dreaming your big dreams, but it’s not the end of the road, even if it does seem that way at times.
6. And that it’s even easier to spend all your money now than it was at university.
New suits for interviews, drinks with new colleagues, and the inevitability of paying back that student loan. It all adds up.
7. But meeting up with your uni friends is a billion times harder than you expected.
No matter how well you got on. Nobody ever seems to be free at the same time and no one has any money anyway.
8. How little time it takes for you start forgetting everything you learnt at uni.
If you’ve managed to read through every single one of your uni essays without thinking “I wrote this???” at least once, then congrats.
9. That some people you went to school with who didn’t do a degree are already earning a hell of a lot more than you.
You should be happy for them. But you’re not. Especially when the only jobs you seem to be a good candidate for at the moment are unpaid internships 🙃
10. That it’s perfectly normal to have some regrets.
Whether you regret your choice of degree, or you just regret not trying a bit harder, you won’t be the only one. Besides, it’s better to regret the things you’ve done than those you didnt.
11. And that the job you’re ultimately meant to do might have absolutely nothing to do with your degree.
But that doesn’t mean it was a waste of time or money, even if it doesn’t seem like it right now. Do what’s right for you, not what you think you should be doing just because you got a degree in it.