So the ongoing battle against graduate life hots up. It’s been 22 days since leaving the cushy world of university life and I’m definitely starting to wonder why people would ever avoid having tasks and goals each day?
Okay so you can set things for yourself to do – I find that setting a desired number of job applications per week or day has been a good way to not only keep busy but to set up interviews – still I don’t know what you’d want to do all day otherwise.
Rapidly becoming a notion that confuses me is experience (See: Things Graduates Hear), we all know the average first time journalist – or increasingly the first time graduate – is hideously underpaid and it seems as though people are wanting you to have years of already poorly paid work experience to jump to your next oddly paid job.
It’s also apparent that gaps in your CV and previous job choices seem to have a lot of weighing in what you do in the present day. Admittedly as a post-Sixth Form 18-year-old I probably should have used my time more wisely than enjoying a childish summer of teenage drinking.
Don’t get down-heartened
It sounds easy to do but the endless amounts of applications and explaining why you believe you are relevant to a role can take it out of you, it seems as though you are reading through the same motions time after time to little or no avail.
Who knows you may even grow to love the amounts of buzzwords you can pick out as your sift your way through countless of adverts although job application buzzwords such as “IT proficient” (I wonder how many graduates are not IT proficient these days?) won’t quite match the political buzz words.
What have you been doing since Uni?
This is one that I’ve found quite odd and one that I’ve been asked a few times. What have I done in the past 20~ days. Well in all honestly, hammering job applications and weeping over how university life has come to a crashing and somewhat anti-climactic end – okay maybe not so much the latter and almost entirely the former.
At the same time doing something over the top and vivacious seems almost counter intuitive, it’s almost as if the whole world expects you to be doing something productive – or maybe I expect the whole world to expect me to be doing something productive.
Keep it up
I guess the only real closing words for this slightly mis-mash blog post is that you just have to hang in there. It’s no cause for a drastic life evaluation or massive waves of self doubt but you just have to keep going, realise that it’s a situation shared by hundreds of other graduates across the country. Who knew those procrastination skills could come in handy?
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