The Months after University Life
Waking up in my freezing cold bedroom, coursework submitted, exams completed and the house is in its obligatory messy state after the night before. One unread message received from my Mother: “we’ll pick you up tomorrow morning”. Suddenly, 3 years of unadulterated fun and games has ended. It still only feels like yesterday that I moved into halls preparing to start my first year.
2 months later, I write this article surrounded by application forms, several drafts of my CV, not to mention my personal statement. Looking on my Twitter account, my feed is now filled with open job vacancies, some catching my interest, some not.
Now it must be admitted that a week before moving back home from Derby, I was ready to go. As opposed to making a cup of tea in 3 layers of clothes, the comfort and warmth of home and a filled fridge was calling me. The only real sadness for me was to leave some of the best people I’ve ever met, these being my housemates.
Despite the comfort of living in a house that entertains a dishwasher (I never enjoyed washing up), adjusting to life after University has been somewhat difficult. I always had a job until I started 3rd year and saw the word ‘Dissertation’. Now I wake up at 9 o’clock every morning, preparing myself for a day of job searching, looking after grandparents down the road and emptying THAT dishwasher. The biggest problem with the adjustment is keeping yourself busy. By the time I have completed the aforementioned chores, it is 12pm. 5 hours until 5pm, the time when I allow myself to relax a little more.
Job searching can be an extremely tedious process at times, it is however, something that I have always been relatively successful with since turning 16. Unfortunately, applying for graduate jobs, trainee schemes and skilled work experience is a completely different kettle of fish. Application forms require a certain amount of skill in order to be successful, answers to questions have a word count, normally around 500 words. These skills include the ability to make yourself look like the complete person, full of new ideas, with perfect grammatical skills and the charisma to match Marilyn Monroe.
Despite this, there are actually plenty of job vacancies around. With the right amount of job experience, a relevant CV, personal statement and the right answers on an application form, getting a job at graduate level after a difficult adjustment is a strong possibility. To all of my fellow graduates, keep going and we will all get there.