Firstly, congratulations to those third years who have finally finished, soon to graduate with whole andactionable degrees!

Adjusting to the fact that University is over is very overwhelming. It feels like you’ve been ejected from a canon and now have to fend for yourself in the big wide world- I’m obviously a fan of the dramatics- but no longer can you go to your housemate’s room and annoy them or such things. What’s more, you go from three years with a pre-arranged timetable to having a schedule wide open in which to enjoy the summer holiday. Some of you, like me might be the embodiment of the expressionless face emoji or the thinking face emoji when asked by family and friends, ‘so what’s next’ or ‘have you got a job’. The answer to that question might roam around your mind with some days knowing the answer and some days completely unsure. But I am here to tell you it’s OKAY!!

‘I don’t know’ is fine and expected. You sometimes need a blank slate, a blank canvas on which to create your own masterpiece. Everyone’s pace is different- that’s something I had to say to myself- ‘you’re not her, or himso don’t compare’. You can look up to people but it’s a disservice to yourself to think you should be like them because they’ve achieved something you haven’t.

Sorry to be the bearer of ‘bad news’ but everything in moderation. What I mean is you should also slightly bestalking job boards just to get ahead of the intense competition you’ll undoubtedly face as a recent graduate.On this note, I do have some tips to dish out. Firstly, take your time in exploring and being open to new opportunities through which you can meet new professional connections. It’s not necessary to rush into anything without thinking just because you need a job. Instead, it’s better to spend your time in lieu of getting a job to do things that will help you overall. For example, volunteering, work experience these will be a stepping stone and will be looked on favourably by future employers.

1. Life after University is definitely going to be a learning curve perhaps it’s because most of us have experienced an unparalleled level of independence. So, moving back into our parent’s house takes some getting used to. Also, you probably won’t be the same person and that is NOT a bad thing. We all have to grow and develop, and University is a great place to do that. You might not feel like you’ve changed but on close inspection, it is more obvious than you can imagine. You might have changed the way you think, realised something that you didn’t know before or approach things differently.
2. Secondly, you have to take what you learnt there and apply into your life; whatever skills or lessons you’ve learned they’ll become even more important now. Utilising one of the greatest social media platforms currently available to our generation, Instagram, I created a poll in my Instagram story. I asked two questions: ‘now that University is over, how do you feel?’ 83% said ‘bittersweet’ while 17% said ‘happy it’s done’. The second question asked ‘do you think your time at University was worthwhile’ 92% said yes and 8% said no. These results show that University has been a great experience for the majority and they’re certainly going to miss it. But, we cannot stay forever. This brings me to my last guidance.
3. Lastly, someone told me, ‘get over it’. Instead, I’ll sayembrace this new phase in your life. You’ve conquered a milestone so get ready for the next one because it’s coming!

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