My past 20 summer seasons have consisted of going on holiday, seeing friends and just having a really fun time. Summer has never been anything but a time for enjoying yourself whilst waiting for the next school/6th form/university term to start. However, this summer is a little different…
Two weeks ago I officially finished university, moved out of Leicester and made my way back home. I was literally home for two days before jetting off on holiday and having that ‘really fun time’ I just spoke of. However, this year that fun time can’t last 6 weeks-3 months. I have to actually enter the real world, meaning finding a job.
It’s a pretty scary concept and if I’m completely honest, I’m terrified. Although, I think it’s important for me to remember two things; 1) don’t rush – just because it feels like you’re the only one without a graduate scheme or travel plans, it doesn’t mean you should rush into making those plans. Research and experiment, find exactly what you want to do, try it, fail at it, and start all over again. And 2) people want to help – it’s easy to feel like the world is against you and that when you leave university you lose all those support systems you once relied on. However, the university is still there to support you, and even though it’s hard to believe, firms want to help you. Firms will give you interview help and feedback, recruitment firms will prepare you for applications, and your friends who already have jobs can be invaluable sources of information.
Basically, this post is here to calm both you and me down. To tell you not to rush and not to stress. Finishing university is exciting and terrifying in equal measures, but I think you should find enjoyment in the things that terrify you. Just like starting university was scary and you’re now sad it’s over, you will feel the same with this next period of your life. Good Luck!