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17 Things You’ll Relate To If You’re Currently On a Graduate Scheme

Just because you’re a graduate, it doesn’t mean being on a graduate scheme will come naturally to you.

1. You thought you’d enjoy living the life of a working graduate with real responsibility…

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2. And although you do enjoy it sometimes…

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3. There are also lots of things you don’t enjoy. Such as the early starts.

You honestly find the thought of waking up early 5 times a week for the rest of your life absolutely disgusting.

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4. And only having 25 days off for the entire year.

But… But we had nearly 4 months off for summer at uni!

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5. And discovering how much of your paycheck doesn’t actually go to you.

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6. Even though you’re a graduate on a graduate scheme, you’re often secretly unsure you’re qualified for the responsibility you’ve been given.

The clue’s in the name, but you still have a serious case of imposter syndrome going on.

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7. You’ve had a lot to learn in a very short space of time.

Suddenly, uni seems very easy.

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8. And you have even tighter deadlines than ever before.

Why did I ever moan about two deadlines in one month?!

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9. The money’s good, it’s just a shame you have to work for it.

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10. You ask yourself each and every day whether you’d actually prefer to go back to university and put off being an adult for a bit longer.

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11. But now that you’ve had a taste of salaried adult life, it’s hard to imagine going back to having no money.

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12. You feel incredibly old when your friends who are still students visit you, so full of energy and creativity.

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13. As much as you might still feel like a student, you certainly can’t hack working on a hangover like you could at uni.

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14. You’ve realised that just because you’re on a graduate scheme, it doesn’t mean you’re going to find it easy.

What with you being a graduate and everything.

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15. And you’ve also realised that university didn’t really prepare you for graduate life. At all.

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16. If there’s one thing you’ve learnt, it’s that pretending to know what you’re doing is 50% of actually knowing what you’re doing.

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17. And that, as challenging as being on a graduate scheme can be, you’re glad you’ve experienced it.

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