Hello, Natbee’s readers, nice to meet you! My name is Bethany and from now on I will be writing all sort of things from careers advice, tales of a recent graduate and job hunting, to life in Edinburgh! So stay tuned, OK?
My first post is a little list of tips for life after university. I know it can be scary, but I’m here to tell you that you’ll be fine! Like John Lennon said: ‘Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.’
So perhaps you’re coming towards the end of your degree, or maybe you’ve finished uni already and made it through all the stress, deadlines and drinks. You’ve worn the cap and gown and taken the awkward pictures for your proud parents. Congratulations! But now what?
I’ve come to realise that there are two types of graduates: ones that have a plan, and ones that don’t.
A plan can be anything from having a graduate job all lined up, to travelling, to working in a shop and saving money, to simply knowing what career you want and job hunting for it. But it’s also ok not to have a plan right now, to have no idea what you want to be when you grow up!
Either way, here are a few tips for life after uni:
1) Take some time for yourself:
If you have a plan or not I think everyone benefits from taking some time to yourself to enjoy doing nothing, to relax and enjoy the freedom from the deadlines and library. But trust me, you won’t need long – doing nothing gets boring pretty quickly (even with Netflix!), and this is when the people without a plan start to get motivated.
2) Clean up your social media:
I feel like I shouldn’t really need to say this one, but whether you’re applying to jobs or not, it’s still a good idea to look over your profiles and make sure there’s nothing on there that you wouldn’t want people to see. Think of it like a political campaign, no-one is going to hire or vote for someone who is tweeting racist slurs or– oh, wait, Donald who?
3) Improve yourself:
Just because you’re finished with education doesn’t mean you should stop learning! If you’re job hunting, you’ll likely have some spare time. Use this time to expand on your skills, to travel, learn a language, paint, write a blog, practice the guitar, etc. anything to keep yourself busy and that you might even add to your CV.
4) Don’t take it personally:
It’s likely that if you’re job hunting you’ll be applying to A LOT of jobs. You will probably also be rejected from a lot of those jobs, or they might not even reply at all. It’s really important not to take this rejection to heart or let it get to you. In the application stage especially you are being judged on paper and not by your personality. Stay motivated, keep applying, be patient, like Dory says: just keep swimming.
5) Accept that you’ll have to work your way up:
It’s called a career ladder for a reason. You have to accept that recent graduates are bottom of the food chain and that the first step on the ladder, your first job, is not your final job. You can’t turn your nose up at the opportunities which come your way. Swallow your pride and do the dull admin tasks, unpaid work experience, survive on a crummy starting salary, suck up a little to peers and bosses. Drake started from the bottom, so can you!
Fellow graduates: don’t be scared of the big bad world beyond uni. And remember that you’ll never be this young and free again, so enjoy yourself and make the most of it!