It’s that time of year when thousands of students across the UK will be handing in their final dissertations and taking those all-important #finalsubmission selfies … I know I have my photo to tell the tale as well. But for a lot of graduates what awaits them is far from the student nights’ life they have grown accustomed to. After spending most of our lives in education and majority of the time with friends and around people who make read chapters or do homework. The time for the evil “P” word is over goodbye procrastination… Hello Real World! If you’re a recent graduate and cannot relate to at least three of these then I know someone who would like your life!
- There is no such thing “Free Money”
Unless you’ve landed that dream graduate role earning over £25000 straight out of university or have very generous parents who offer to support you financially – then you will definitely now the broke feeling. And if you received student loans and grants for three years you will defiantly feel like crying when you can’t afford luxury cinema nights accompanied by the large diet coke and nachos or the shopping sprees at the mall on things you really didn’t need. The only remedy to these issues is to get a job and save throughout your studies so when you finally finish university you can financially support yourself. Or even better start your job searches before you finish university, get proactive!
- A sense of emptiness and belonging
After three to four years of university you would have made a lot of new good friends and form bounds that at that time you thought were unbreakable. However, for a lot of graduates this fantasy life being exactly the same will soon become lost when after your final exams everyone moves back to their home towns, many back to their parents and for a lot of people because of new jobs and location most of these close friends soon become distant. For a lot of graduates this period in your life is the most challenging you’ll ever be as you will have a lot of time over the summer where you question all your actions, you question your career choices and you question your future. One thought to bear in mind and will keep your sanity is you’re not the only one! Stay positive and try your best to keep in contact with friends and not isolate yourself.
- Recent Grad to Grad Conversation about finances: how much do you earn? Errm in on £21k you? Im on £23k…. both grads are actually earning £13k.
Prospective employers will basically offer you wounding salaries and benefits knowing there isn’t a lot of jobs going and you’re 99.9% going to accept. We all have to start somewhere but remember your dream and always think of your next step up. And if your renting as a recent grad you know you’re not immune from council tax or your monthly living bills. So when you open your pay check and it seems like your rich! Don’t blow it. Don’t worry though many of those low paying jobs are accompanied with great development and promotion prospects.
- You’ve got to get out of bed!
Yes! You’ve got to actually get up and go to work if you’ve got a job or get up to go job hunting. The real world isn’t a lecture or seminar you can just skip because you really couldn’t be arsed, you’ve got real responsibilities and co-workers depending on you. I know for a lot of gradates this will be a challenge but eventually you’ll get there! Don’t get me wrong even if you’ve graduated ten years ago you will still have those days when gravity just won’t release you from your bed, everyone has those days.
- Sorry your student card is expired!
No student discounts! You won’t be frequenting the bars and retail shops as often as for a lot of recent grads the pain of paying full price for a rum and coke or that new dress from ASOS is a hard pill to swallow. Obviously not the case in January when you’re rolling in “Free Cash” and student discount cards…. I wonder why students are often more liberally minded than the working public?
- The New You!
For a lot of recent graduates, you will have a real passion for success and eager to showcase the new you! Make your parent, tutors and friends proud of your achievements and new career prospects. My advice go for it! Why not? It’s been a long anticipated moment.