I really cannot believe it has been a year since I graduated. It feels a lifetime ago. In July 2017 I graduated from Keele University, a beautiful campus university surrounded by fields and farms and I now live in the hustle and bustle of London. You couldn’t really live in two polar opposite places!
Over the last year I have learnt a lot, here are ten lessons I want to share with you.
- The friendships you made at University now take work as you don’t see each other every day. In my case, my best friend and I now live in different parts of the country but when we do chat it is like no time has passed!
- Interviews take practice. Take the time to write out answers to potential questions. It will help you feel more prepared and in turn calmer.
- Ask the careers advisor at your University for help. The Career team at Keele Univerity really helped me with my CV and telephone interview preparation.
- It is ok if you don’t land your dream job straight out of uni, each job is a stepping stone in the right direction. My first role out of university was part admin assistant/part sales assistant but learnt some valuable lessons which I apply to my current role.
- Your boss (if they are decent human being!) are not there to catch you out, they actually want to help you succeed so listen to their feedback and use it to help your development.
- Criticism doesn’t make you a bad person it just means you have some learning to do (and that’s ok!).
- Don’t run before you can walk. Make sure you take the time to learn the basics in your new job and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Treat yourself! Of course, bills etc have to be paid first but you work hard for your money so deserve to spend some money on what brings you joy.
- Find a hobby. I was part of few societies at Uni so when I left I felt overwhelmed by the amount of free time I had. I now take up that time with baking, crafts, reading and now blogging.
- Never stop learning about what you studied, I studied a dual honours degree including Psychology. I continue to watch TV shows and read articles on Psychology. Hopefully, you studied a subject you are passionate about so see your degree as a starting point and continue to learn.
Hopefully, this advice helps you new grads! What have you learnt since you graduated?