Third Year University Anxiety?

I always write my articles about something I’m currently experiencing or have experienced because I feel they are a lot more relatable that way. This topic is dear to my heart because I’ve recently graduated less than a year ago.

I was supposed to graduate the year before in 2016 but that’s another thing I want to talk about. To be able to have the needed wisdom about what to do after uni you need to have to have graduated and not dropped out. I say this because its better to attend for the whole three or four years or however long your course lasts for. This is because you would’ve learnt a lot and picked up a lot of things over the years. You’re probably wondering why this is important. I think to be able to fully grasp the skills and experience needed for the ‘real world’ as they say you need to experience university as a full-time student. What you knew about the working world in first year would have changed by the time you get to third year.

I read an article from The Guardian that opened my eyes to the realities and difficulties university graduates are facing and their worries even before they finish uni. The article said that ‘final year students and recent graduates should spend less time worrying about the future and realise their not alone.’ This is very true because there are people who did not go to uni who are struggling and anxious about working, and how people at work would treat them. The article came up with six points to help reassure students or graduates experiencing anxiety over life after university.

From my own experience, moving into university was such a nerve racking thing for me because it was a whole new world where I would have to make new friends, get used to a new town and country since my uni was in Wales. Also, I knew that the work would be even more difficult than in sixth form. It would be a new level of learning that I’ve never experienced before. However, university was a breeze compared to the nerves I felt about leaving university and getting into the real world, the working world. That world is much harsher than the university world I became so used to for four years. I had to wrap my head around the fact that in the working world, the big wide world, people did not sugar coat anything and were more blunt. People in the working world don’t necessarily care how you feel when they criticise you so don’t take it to heart. Rather use that to improve and prove them wrong. I thought university was hard, but I quickly realised that it really wasn’t difficult.

The Guardian article gave some statistics which were quite shocking to me. It said that ‘statistics from the New College of the Humanities found that 19 out of 20 graduates had switched jobs within three years.’ This was shocking because I didn’t realise graduates changed their jobs so often. That goes to prove that you shouldn’t rush into getting your dream job. You’ll probably find that your dream job might not be the dream at all and not what you expected. It is good to widen your job search not just in the job of your dreams. It is okay to look for something a bit different but in the same industry. Sometimes you realise that your dream job comes with a lot of pressure because you want to work so hard to impress that you work yourself too hard.

You have to be aware that your dream career may also be someone else’s dream career and you’d be fighting to get the job between yourselves. I’ve realised the career world is all about competition. Who is better than the other, and companies always chose the person who they think will deliver better so don’t beat yourself up when someone else gets the job and you don’t after the interview. Let it go and don’t dwell on the fact that you didn’t get the job because it might not be for you in the first place. Sometimes chasing something that is not yours can be dangerous.

If you ever feel down or bad about the type of degree you have remember that that you’re valuable and your degree is valuable no matter what grade you got. A degree is a degree at the end of the day and not everyone has one, so you have to be proud of yourself for achieving that degree. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel insignificant or unworthy of a job because of the level of degree you have. Remind yourself that you’re more than capable and deserve the job just as much as everyone else does.

I want to end this article by saying if I can finish my degree and pass why can’t you? I haven’t found a job in my chosen field yet and the next step is daunting yes, but it will get easier. Nothing in life is impossible and CAN’T shouldn’t be a word in your vocabulary. With time life after uni will be easier and it won’t be as daunting anymore. You have to take life by the horns and always take risks if possible because that is how you learn.

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