Welcome to the Real World

Hey guys, sorry it’s been a while, (again) blogging seems to have taken a back-seat to work commitments but it won’t happen again.

This post will be short but sweet but as promised there will be upcoming posts on Β “New Season Trends,” and my one true love- Shoes.

How has everyone’s summers been so far?

Many graduates experience post-uni blues.

Different is a word I would use to describe my own. In a sense, I feel like I haven’t really had a summer and I’m not sure if its due to the weather, the fact that we’re going on holiday in September rather than peak-time (two weeks today!) or whether it’s because I am no longer a student. Usually I would be on a countdown to going back to university but now it feels like I’m kind of stuck in limbo because in a sense I feel like I’m waiting for something fill the void.

I’ve just completed my first year of being “grown-up,” and it’s weird not having more of a structure to my life like I did when I was in education. Sure, there’s routine with work but obviously there would be the Christmas period, Spring break and a long Summer vacation. My Dad very bluntly said: “Welcome to the real world, where you’re allowed only five weeks of your life off.”

It’s not a shock to the system because I’ve had a part-time job ever since sixth form nor is this a “Woe is me, life’s so hard,” post. Thousands of graduates experience the same feeling after leaving university because life doesn’t revolve around lectures, essays and socialising anymore. This is even more reverent in the current economic climate where graduates are struggling to find menial jobs, let alone the career of their dreams. On top of that, many are trying to readjust to living in their family home, if they’ve lived away for three years. Many graduates have said it’s difficult from being able to come and go as you please to living back with their parents who still see you as a child.

Graduation gives you a mixed bag of feelings. On the one hand you’re excited about life ahead because it is the one moment that you have been working hard for throughout your entire education (and of course, never having to do a reference or a bibliography again!) and on the other hand, there’s the uncertainty and anxiety of what lies ahead. Essentially it’s an overall “So…what now?”

I am not trying to discourage anyone who has just passed their ‘A’ Levels or those of you who have just graduated but I won’t sugarcoat it either. Everyone has some sort of plan for their future. Sometimes Plan A goes smoothly, without a hitch but other times, you may have to revert to Plan B or even C. The most important thing is to never become despondent with your future dreams and goals. There are always bumps in the road and hurdles to overcome and sometimes, the path you’ve always wanted in life, turns out to be the wrong one for you. Sometimes, a path that you think you should have made a U-turn on, turns out to surprise you and leads you to something greater. I have days where I have serious post-uni blues and think, “What’s the point?” but I have to quieten the impatient child that’s stamping her foot inside of me and make the most of everything I’ve got.

Giving up is not an option, seize opportunities even if they are completely unrelated to your dreams because you never know who you might meet and where they will take you.

Going back to my father and his wise (straight-talking) words of wisdom.

Welcome to the real world, live it the best you can.

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