After studying History for three years, I now find myself a graduate wondering what the hell comes next? I thought it might be interesting to note what happens after uni finishes. When I asked on a recent instagram poll it seemed that lots people were interested.
What happens after Uni: Moving Home
I moved out at 18 when I went to University, meaning I have lived away from my parents home for three years. Anyone that has lived in their own flat or house will know that you become accustomed to coming and going as you please. You learn to fend for yourself, cook when you want and what you want. You can go out when you want, visit friends and your partner when you want, without the need to tell anybody where you are.
After my final student house tenancy expired I moved back home to live with my parents again. Overall it’s been a reasonably smooth transition. There have been no blazing rows and we’ve slipped into a new routine. I still have the freedom to see my friends and boyfriend when I want, and I’m constantly in and out going to work. I’ve just had to readapt to letting somebody know where I’ll be.
My relationship with my parents has remained great, and if anything I’d say it’s better than it was when I was 18 and ready to move out for the first time. I”m super grateful that they’ve had me back so that I can start really saving to get a place of my own one day.
That is the first home truth about being a graduate, unless you land on your feet with a well paid job straight away, you will probably not have any money for rent. University wiped me clean of money, I’m not skint, but I’m in no position to be able to afford to live on my own. I would recommend moving back home if you can, as an opportunity to really save up. Oh, and look into a Help to Buy ISA while you’re at it.
“So what are you doing now then?”
“So what are you doing now you’ve finished studying?” the question which fills every graduate with dread. Everybody asks you, family, friends, parents of friends and total strangers who you’ve just met. Every time somebody asks me it makes my stomach churn and I just want to bury my head in the sand. The simple answer is I DON’T KNOW! Some people have a set career goal and know where they want to be, I’m a bit less sure.
I completed my degree in history which I really enjoyed, the skills I gained are invaluable and I have a useless fount of knowledge now. However my degree does not correlate directly with a set profession like some others do. If I had a pound for every person who asked me if I’m going to become a history teacher *eye roll*.
Having set up this blog midway through my degree, I’m now inclined to think I want to end up working in the journalism/blogosphere. In an ideal world I’d be a full time blogger or freelance content creator. However I’m a realistic person and I know it takes a long time to build up to taking that leap of faith.
So what have I been doing in the months since finishing my degree? I’ve been trying to get some valuable experience under my belt. I’ve been working two internships, one paid and one not. One is at a magazine, where I have learned so much about how publications run and further dipped my toe into content creation. This experience has only confirmed that I really enjoy this field and it is of real interest to me.
The other internship has been at a children’s literacy charity, which is fronted by a wizards’ apothecary. It is any Harry Potter fans dream and it encourages me to be creative everyday. I had volunteered here for 18 months prior to the internship, so I guess it’s a case of who you know and making a good impression.
When these two roles draw to an end I’ll be picking up more hours in my retail job over Christmas, but with the goal in mind of continuing to grow my blog at the same time. It’s going to be a slow process but I’m determined to stick at it.
I guess what i’m getting at is that everything is a bit uncertain when you leave university, at least it is for me. Most of your friends will now be scattered across the country, you’re career plans may be up in the air and you have to readjust to new living arrangements. I’m personally just trying to remember that all of that is okay. There is no real rush to move out or find a definite career. Plus I’m in the same boat as thousands of other people trying to adult.
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What are your thoughts on what happens after uni? Are you a recent graduate, will this be you in a years time or are you more settled now after a few years of working? Let me know in the comments below I’m intrigued and in need of reassurance lol.