Emilia, BA(Hons) Dance, Class of 2021
Just as starting university can be an incredibly tumultuous time, leaving it can be equally as challenging.
Here are some things to expect after graduating and how to face the new challenges of 'adulting'.
I’m sure you have heard it many times before, but truly there is no need to know exactly what you are doing once you graduate, regarding your career. As two, three or more years of your life has been entirely dedicated to university it is understandable that your future plans may have been neglected. Rushing into a job, further training or whatever it might be just because you feel that is “the right thing”, isn’t going to make you happy or necessarily be a place where you are going to thrive. You will find the perfect job/training you are looking for, and it may take time, but it is worth the wait.
University is an incredibly all-consuming experience, and after graduating you can feel the exhaustion of the past few years catching up with you. Take a break and reset to come back better than before. I cannot emphasise this enough, especially for those who studied creative subjects, don’t lose your passion just because you have “overdone” your subject, take time away to return more driven than before.
Building New Routine
After leaving university, your day-to-day life is likely to change quite significantly. Whether you have moved back home with family, have a new job, or studying somewhere different, commitments and priorities are likely to have shifted. Just as settling into university took time to adjust to, so will adult life. Be gentle with yourself and understand that finding a routine that works in your next chapter of life may require some trial and error. Keeping a routine helps you to keep up healthy habits, create goals and especially if you are struggling to find what to do next, gives you purpose and something to look forward to each day.
Make it a Date
Something to build into your routine is socialising and staying connected with university friends and reconnecting with friends from home. This is something that is particularly challenging to adjust to after graduation as you may have been living with your friends or at least not very far away from each other and suddenly you could now be at other ends of the country. Take time to check in with people and organise to meet up in person, giving you something to look forward to in the midst of what can be a difficult time.
Hopefully this has given you an idea of what to expect once graduating, and some tips on how to ease into this next phase of your life. Or if you are already a graduate, it has been something you are able to relate to, know you are not alone in this experience.