Along with thousands of other people I will be graduating this summer and so I thought I'd write a quick post with a few tips to get us all through the next few months of job applications and overwhelming life decisions!
1. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAKYou've just finished a degree and probably gone through three years of the hardest work you've ever done. So, don't feel bad for letting yourself have some time off, whether that's a week, a month or even several months. Allow yourself some breathing time where you don't have to think about deadlines or job hunting, just relax and maybe even plan a little holiday with some friends. I mean, we definitely all deserve it.
2. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELPWhen such a huge phase in your life is over it's totally normal to feel a little lost and overwhelmed, I know that I certainly do. So one piece of advice I think we all need to take to heart is that it's okay to need help from other people, whether that's just your mum or even advisors at your university. All universities usually have a great careers advice service and you shouldn't feel afraid to book an appointment and talk to someone who can help you get through the confusion of CVs and job applications.
3. IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED . . .While we're on the subject of Job Applications, I thought I'd mention rejection. Nobody likes it, but unfortunately when it comes to graduate jobs it's something that everyone will have to face up to. My tip would be to just rise above it and realise that it's no reflection on your abilities, it just isn't meant to be. Trust that the right thing will come along eventually and all your hard work will be worth it!
4. COMPARISON IS THE THEIF OF JOYIt's really hard to not feel pangs of jealousy when you're swimming in a sea of applications and you see tons of 'look how great my job is' facebook statuses and tweets. But, try to not compare yourself to those other people, it'll only bring you down.
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The final thing I want to mention is probably the most important thing - happiness! It can be really difficult to follow your own dreams sometimes (as cheesy as that sounds) especially if you are being pressured from those around you to do a particular job or make a particular choice. But the most important thing to remember is that you are the one who is going to be living your life and it'll make it a lot easier if you love your job. So, don't let yourself be pushed around by anyone else and make sure you are making your career decisions for the right reasons. At the end of the day, your happiness is the most important thing.
5. PUT YOUR HAPPINESS FIRST
Who else is graduating this summer? Do you have any survival tips of your own?