I graduated in May 2020.
In June of 2020, I received this piece of paper.
And I think I had a sort of idea that I would be jumping over walls, singing shouting crying…but none of that actually happened.
I received it in the post, looked over the details (ensured my name was spelt correctly) thought about how thin the paper was.
And how I worked hard for three years to receive a certificate … I proceeded to give this certificate to my family, who celebrated with family on WhatsApp, I proceeded with my day.
My reaction may have been mundane becuase I graduate in 2020 the year of covid and I didn’t get to properly say goodbye to friends or the city I had moved to and I did not get graduation.
Everything I imagined would be the end of uni and beginning of post-grad life was shattered…in fact since the day I graduated, every perception I had of post-grad life has been shattered and turned upside down …and that is what has actually encouraged me to make this video.
I do not want people to have this random image of post-grad life and get here and everything is shattered. It seems at least to me there is definitely gaps of information not being shared about post-grad life….and in this video, we are going to share them.
So here are 5 things about post-grad life I want you to know.
1. Things may go to plan.
You may have this streamline timeline of when you will get a job, that mortgage, car ect and most likely these timelines may not happen, it may take longer may be shorter..what ever the outcome, just know this is ok.
Especially for my graduates in 2020, the job market is crazy, opportunities especially when you do not have contacts in industries ..what you thought you would be doing now may look different…and that is ok, trust me.
2. The Rush is Fake this is a transitional season
I don’t know why I thought once I leave uni my whole adult life would be completed.
A house, car, friends, relationships…but this is just not the case…you may still be living at home, you may be unemployed, you may be learning to drive.
And that is ok… don’t feel like you need to rush during this period, things will fall into place and happen naturally over time, do not freak out by the fact that 6 months after uni you are not married with 3 kids…there really is no rush
3. with all that being said my third point is that…This is GO Time.
Firstly, this is a good time to start putting things in place for your future, pay off any overdrafts you have, if you have a stable income, open a saving account, looking into pensions, and review investing opportunities.
Basically…start creating financial habits and habits in general that will set you up positively for the future.
Secondly, this is a good time to hustle and be Motivated!
Let me give you a reality check as a fresh graduate, the real world, will be a SLAP in the face, there will be many hurdles, especially for who majored in social sciences.
But this is a period, of time to develop perseverance. You will have to WORK hard and be persistent in finding a job. And to anybody who is watching this thinking they want to do freelancing or become an entrepreneur, YouTuber whatever…listen it is hard, and scary, taking such a big leap after university but if u want to do it, do it!
4. its okay to not feel okay.
A lot of people speak about post-grad depression, a feeling of loss, loneliness, confusion and depression, if you are feeling these things know you are not alone, you have just spent three-plus years in this bubble and now that bubble has been popped you may be feeling very different mentally.
I do not think social media helps, as everybody else just seems like their life is put together and everything is perfect, but what I can say is your emotions are normal and valid…and if you truly feel different mentally do not internalise it and please seek help.
That is all my points, I am really interested in making more videos about post-grad life, and just navigating life in general so hopefully, you will be seeing more videos like this! do not forget,