Make no mistake, adjusting to life after university can be hard. As your friends from university suddenly disperse around the country, it can feel as though you’re suddenly thrown into a life without student loan or any real plan about the future. Don’t panic – you’re not alone. Whilst feeling this pressure and loneliness is normal, here are a few things you can do to try and avoid a post-graduation meltdown.
Establish a Routine
Regardless of your situation, it’s important that you establish a routine post-university. If you’re still working part-time whilst searching for jobs or establishing a career path, scheduling in allotted time to job hunt or write applications will allow you to feel more motivated and productive. If you’re moving back home, it can be easy to fall into a trap of doing nothing – make sure you keep up your working momentum!
Find your Friends
Before you all go your separate ways, make sure you find out where all of your friends are heading post-graduation. If you’re staying in your university city, find out who else is sticking around and create your post-graduation support system.
Organise a Reunion
Even if most of you are heading your separate ways, stay in touch and keep the group chat alive. It will help you feel less isolated and you can share all your post-graduation struggles. Organise a reunion in your university city and make use of the connections you have made over the past three years – you might even be able to help each other out with work opportunities.
Check out Graduate Internships
If you’re not sure what direction to take with your career after university, make sure to research any graduate internship schemes or opportunities that your university offers. Internships can be a great way to trial different job roles or companies. Your career service should remain available to use for a certain amount of time after you graduate – use it!
Get a Graduate Account
Without the support of a student loan or grant, keeping up with rent and expenses whilst you establish your career can be tough. Many bank accounts offer a graduate bank account with a 0% overdraft, similar to the student overdraft that you might have had throughout university. Don’t be afraid of needing a little extra help whilst you get on your feet.
Take your Time
Don’t feel pressured to walk out of university and straight into your dream role – it doesn’t happen often. Remember, you’ve worked hard over the past three years, so don’t forget to take some time to relax and congratulate yourself. Keep positive and productive. The right role for you will come along. Good luck!