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The 10 Stages of Limbo Every Graduate Goes Through After Uni

Limbo: an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition.

AKA, life as a recent graduate.

1. The Ignorant Stage.

The first stage comes right after graduation. You’ve worked your butt off for three or more years – even if you still don’t really understand referencing – so it’s your time to relax. The weather is lovely, it’s the height of the summer, and all you want to do is hang out with your friends and feel young just a little bit longer. The job hunt can totally wait a few weeks.

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2. The Productive Stage.

You feel a sudden urge to grow up, get a job, and move out of your parents’ house. This usually comes after seeing some of your more organised uni friends get some pretty decent jobs. You’ll desperately search the internet for a job that doesn’t require 20+ years worth of experience but you’ll feel accomplished even if you’re just browsing.

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3. The Interview Stage.

Most probably, all of your interviews will somehow end up falling in the same week, and if you’re really unlucky, they might all be within 2 days. You’ll spend the entire week before and during feeling sick with nerves, overthinking your outfit choices, and travelling up and down the country.

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4. The Waiting Stage.

Because all your interviews were in the same week, this stage will be spent waiting by the phone to hear if you were successful or not. You’ll end up jumping every time the phone rings, and you will even pick up unknown numbers just in case it’s your future employer calling to offer you a brill job.

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5. The Disappointed Stage.

This stage comes after you’ve been rejected from a job position you really wanted. It can also occur after applying for a load of other graduate jobs and having no one reply to you or even acknowledge your application. The pressure suddenly mounts up, your parents are constantly recommending jobs, and even old Doris who down the road wants to know what you’re doing now. It all gets a bit too much.

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6. The Daytime TV Stage.

You’re deffo going through a slump. You’ve lost motivation to get a job and just want this bad world to go away. Fear not though, as your friends Jeremy Kyle and Judge Rinder are there to help you get through your dark period. But you’ll get bored of them soon enough.

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7. The Failure Stage.

It seems like everyone has an amazing job, which makes it easy to compare yourself to everyone else. But remember, everyone is different and the job hunt isn’t a race. It will happen for you.

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8. The Bankruptcy Stage.

You realise that you can’t afford nights out anymore, and every time you dip further and further into your overdraft, you die a little.

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9. The Reproductive Stage (but not the one you’re thinking about).

This is essentially The Productive Stage, part 2. You’re all of a sudden more motivated and actually excited to apply for more jobs. You’ll care less about rejection and will stretch yourself. When you aren’t applying for jobs, you’ll spend your time well by cleaning, researching, or relaxing.

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10. The Realisation Stage.

This is when it hits you that you will get a job, and that worrying too much about it is pretty toxic. You give yourself a little pep talk every morning: “You can do this and the horrible ‘after uni limbo’ will be over soon. Push through! You’ve got this!”

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