POST-GRAD BLUES – Freda Lee


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After a long gruelling three years at University you might feel excited and relieved but you might also feel stressed and low, especially if you’re struggling to find a graduate job. Whether you’ve found a job or not, post-grad blues can hit anyone.

When I came out of University, I had a job lined up but things didn’t go to plan and I found myself without a full-time job, so I went back to my part-time job, which is casual work (once a week). Although I’m grateful, I still want a full time with a decent salary. Although it’s only been a month, I’ve found myself down in the dumps, but now I’ve realised this cannot go on. When you start feeling down, you have to be proactive, you have to do something. So instead of moping about, I’ve started to think how I can help myself; and possibly help others at the same time too. Here are some tips which I would like to share.

GET OUTDOORS

When you’re trying to save money this might be the last thing on your mind, but it’s good to take a walk outside in nature and breathe the fresh air. Taking walks can give you clarity when you’re trying to figure things out and clear your mind. If you’re unemployed, create a schedule, create a schedule similar to if you were working a full time job. So when I’m not working my part time job, I wake up around 8.30 am, head off to the bathroom, have breakfast and then I spend time applying for jobs and going over my CV. I also spend time blogging; this keeps me going, giving me something to do.

CREATE A BUDGET

It’s so tempting to splurge out on the things presented to us by the media, but you must resist. Of course, treat yourself; however think about whether it’s worth it (to your bank account) and whether it’s something that you need.

HAVE A STRATEGY

When I was job hunting, I was looking everywhere and applying everywhere. It’s better to focus on one sector and then research the positions you could into and then take it from there.

EMBRACE YOUR CURRENT STATUS

I know, this one might sound stupid, but believe me, some of my friends who have full time jobs dread going to work. Use this time to get out and about and meet new people, read new books and watch inspirational videos.

Whatever you’re going through right now… this too shall pass.

If you are looking for any help with your CV check out cvhouse.co.uk it is a free service that offers a CV health check. They also provide interview tips and coaching for students to get in to employment.

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