Six Reasons To Stop Panicking About What You'll Do After University

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Graduating and facing life after school is always a worry a lot of us carry for a long time and it keep us from becoming the best we would have become. Here are six tips to help you carry on:
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1. We're still young Those who started a four-year course straight after secondary school will have only just turned between 21 - 22, so there's no rush to accept the first 9-5 job that you're offered. Becky, a recent graduate from a known university, turned down several graduate jobs in favour of continuing with bar work.

She says: "I don't see the point in accepting a poorly-paid graduate job that I'm not even sure I want to do, just because I'm expected to. I'd rather save up until I've had time to decide what I really want to pursue."

2. Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of time Just because your housemate has secured their ideal job doesn't mean that you're a failure by contrast.

3. You can't discover who you want to be until you find out who you are Personalities often change at university, which can be daunting beyond the bubble of campus life. Challenge yourself by experiencing something new, while you still have the chance.

4. Many successful career-people have 'fallen into' their line of work Recent statistics from the New College of the Humanities found that 19 out of 20 graduates had switched jobs within three years. Be confident enough to accept that your dream career might not be as you had hoped, and devise a new plan according to the aspects that you enjoyed.

5. Your degree won't go to waste Deciding that you don't want to be a psychologist doesn't necessarily mean that the four years and thousands of naira spent on a psychology degree was all for nothing – any university education teaches a desirable skill set. According to Prospects, many graduate employers seek degree-level candidates rather than those disciplined in a specific subject.

6. You're not aloneMarcus, a careers adviser at Sheffield University, says that many students are unsure of their plans after graduation:

"How uncertain they are does vary, from those who have an interest in a general area of work but have not yet decided about it, to those who describe themselves as not having any ideas at all.

"Panicking doesn't help and is unnecessary anyway. Don't let things drift – keep calm and make a plan. Realise that you're not deciding what to do with the rest of your life, but choosing a good next step for you."

Are you going into your final year and worrying about your prospects when you finish? Or have you recently graduated? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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