If you’re graduating this summer or you’ve already graduated – this post is for you! If you’re just starting uni, all I can say is enjoy EVERY SINGLE MOMENT 🙏🏼 (you probably don’t wanna read this blog just yet – come back in a few years when you’re ready to feel like this LOL)
So you’ve just graduated or you’re ready to graduate but you have no clue what you’re doing after these three awesome years that didn’t actually set you up for the working world? Uh oh that wasn’t meant to happen right?!
Don’t worry, the majority of graduates are in the same boat as you. In fact, my friends and I were in the same position a year ago but we’ve all come a long way!
THE KEY IS PERSPECTIVE
Know that at this moment in your life, you have the gift of choice. In fact, you have the most freedom of choice that you’ll probably ever have in life. You can do anything. This isn’t some cliche inspirational shit I’m spittin’ right now. Just take a minute and think….
YOU. ARE. FREE.
You have nothing holding you back from exploring different avenues and trying different jobs/careers/experiences. You’re young and you should really start believing it when people tell you that. I had always heard and felt that once you graduate, you will start working and feel old and have no time for a social life.
That may be true in some cases, but 9 times out of 10, your job will not take away your evenings and most definitely not your weekends! But I digress, we haven’t found jobs yet! 😂
It is so easy to fall into the trap of feeling like there is nothing out there for you. No doubt you’ll go through the motions and hear yourself saying:
“Shit, this is it for me. I’m never going to get that job I wanted (or expected) after uni! Why is it so difficult?!”
Granted, it is fiercely competitive nowadays. But positivity is what gets you through to the next level. Being positive has allowed me to 1). Realise what it is I’ve wanted to do and 2). Go for it and make it happen.
HOW DO YOU STAY SO POSITIVE?
This is something I get asked a lot by friends and family alike. The truth is, it’s just perspective. I see the bigger picture – I associate uncertainty with excitement. Not knowing what’s around the corner is as exciting as it is scary! If you think the same way, you’ll start seeing things as opportunities rather than obstacles.
Not knowing what you want to do is definitely not a negative thing. It gives you scope to be the best that you can be and explore parts of your skill set that you never knew existed. Try an entry level office job, go travelling, volunteer in the local or international community, get involved in social events and groups. These will build your networks both socially and professionally, whilst giving you ample experience and skills. It’s a win-win.
The best thing to do is start earning some money as soon as you can. This will do two things for you:
1). You’ll get some experience of the world of work and at the same time, you’ll start discovering what you like/what you don’t like in a job. Now you know what you want from your future career!
2). You’ll have money – can’t really say much more than that. You can spend it however you like, at least you’ll be self sufficient 👏🏻
Applying for jobs isn’t half as much of a chore as it can feel once you get into it. It can be a real bore and quite tedious at times but honestly, once you get into it you’ll be sending HELLA applications!
Hopefully (fingers crossed), by now you’re feeling a little better about the prospect of graduating without a job secured. If you DO know what you’ll be doing, this still applies! Never say no to an opportunity for growth and experience. Make yourself available and flexible wherever possible. These are the years where you can really get ahead of life and experience careers, cultures and comversations 🙌🏼
EVERYTHING IS ON THE CARDS – GET EXCITED BECAUSE LIFE IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN!