After finishing university and being pushed into the outside world there are a few themes that seem to crop up oh so often, they seem to be the bane of the facebook status and the trials and tribulations of the tweeter but what are the most common things graduates hear?
This first one is a good one. Experience, experience, experience. It seems that almost every job application you click on wants young fresh-faces staff able to work for the next 40 years of their life – they also want you to be full to the brim of experience – five years experience you say? Sure I’ll go back and remind my 17 year old self that the decisions he makes will be the most important to date.
We graduated a year ago
Did we? Rats! Look how far our calendar has moved and how far we’ve come, okay, how far some people have gone, others seem to languish about still unsure what they actually want to do with their life – it seemed to be such an easy decision when you’re young – why can’t we be a fire truck?
Bonus points if it makes you want to go back and do it all again.
Why don’t you get a job?
Okay so personally in my three weeks of “freedom” I’ve not heard this one but it’s a hot topic floating around the big wide world of social media. Of course telling a young person these days to simply get a job is like telling a hardened Tory to look after the poor.
So you did a journalism degree?
So this one is a personal one – it seems that as a young journalist the least common degree choice is journalism. My own experience has taught me that politics, economics, and any other hardened degree seems to be preferred and then learn the tools of your trade – or profession – whichever way you go.
Can you drive – you need to drive.
Well apparently the public transport system is that bad in the United Kingdom that for almost every job application you read – ever – you have to have the ability to drive. It makes me wonder how my car helps me type. I guess it could be a benefit if I’m working across London or another sprawling cityscape but it seems a must where ever.
Of course these are just some of the lovely things that I’ve heard either since graduating originally in 2013 or since finishing my NCTJ and looking towards the big, slightly scary but somewhat exciting outside world. I’d love to hear some of the happy-go-lucky post-graduation clichés others have experienced!
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