20 Things You Can Expect To Happen After You Graduate From University
There’s no guidebook to being a graduate, but whether you’re a final year wondering what’s coming for you or you’ve already been capped and gowned, here are some things you can expect to happen.
1. First things first, you’ll really make the most of celebrating your achievement.
As you should; you have just spent £27,000 on an education. You deserve to just chill for a moment.
2. You’ll probably attempt to read that book you’ve been attempting to read since the start of your first year.
Better late than never, right?
3. And take up a new hobby because why not?
New you, new hobby. It makes sense.
4. Then you’ll reach a point where all this “celebrating” starts to feel like avoiding real life.
How long can you use having graduated as an excuse to do basically nothing?
5. You’ll suddenly become painfully aware of how much of a turning point you’re at.
So many decisions to make, none of them easy.
6. And you’ll start preempting how much you’ll regret either doing or not doing things.
Which inevitably makes you feel like you should just do nothing.
7. You’ll feel under pressure to go travelling while you’re young and free of responsibilities.
Which makes your decision easier if that’s something you actually want to do, but causes a lot of stress if you’re not sure yet.
8. But you’ll also be very aware that people, including yourself, are expecting you to get a great job immediately.
You have a degree now, after all.
9. Comparing yourself to others will become a real problem.
How have they got a job already? Are they having more fun than me? What am I doing wrong?
10. Especially when the realities of the graduate job hunt hit home.
*sees job for new prospective graduate*
*2 + years experience*
— R (@ItsRomii) February 21, 2017
11. There’ll come a time when you start feeling like you’ve been betrayed by your university.
I thought this degree was going to open doors for me? So far all I’ve got out of it is a piece of paper.
12. And you’ll realise that you were perhaps a little naive about graduate life.
The way it was sold to you isn’t quite the way it really is.
13. You inevitably start to consider going back into education.
You’ve only just left, but on reflection maybe being a student was your calling. Maybe some people just aren’t cut out to be graduates.
14. And experience many a change of heart over your career.
Wobbles happen. Sometimes they’re just born of completely natural nerves, sometimes they’re trying to tell you that maybe this isn’t the career you should be pursuing.
15. You’ll find yourself applying for jobs you didn’t expect to be applying for.
It could be your old job, it could be a job in something you’ve never considered before. But it will happen.
16. Or playing the lottery in the desperate hope that you win.
You can’t really afford it right now, but if you won that really would solve so many of your problems.
17. Hearing from Student Finance about paying back your loan comes as a most unwelcome surprise.
You’d kind of been hoping they’d just forget all about it…
18. And “where do you think you’ll be in a year’s time?” becomes your new least favourite question.
How are you supposed to know?
19. You’ll get used to having your confidence knocked repeatedly.
Whether it be from another rejection email or just from the fact that your expectations of graduate life were perhaps a little bit too high.
20. And although you won’t necessarily find it as easy to be a graduate as you thought you would, you will get there in the end.
Have faith in yourself. There’s no right or wrong way to get to where you need to be. You’ve just been through a tough three years and now you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. Graduate life isn’t always what you expect it to be, but, at the end of the day, that’s to be expected.