8 things to expect after university


It’s a painful reality to face, but student life will come to an end. You’ve had years of lie-ins, studying, and making friends but now you have to join the millions of other adults living the 9-5 dream. Get ready for the hard truths from Lizzi Hart, a Marketing Assistant at Graduate Recruitment Bureau.

Find somewhere to live

Does moving back home send shivers down your spine? Can you face having to pay to live in your own house with your own family? If not you can find a place to share with a few people and maintain your ‘adult’ status. If you’re with enough people, sharing a house/flat is affordable – just be prepared to adapt to others’ household habits!

Find a job

So you have a degree, now you need to use it. Prepare yourself for hours sifting through job websites and applying for graduate schemes. Though the good news is, the majority of graduates find jobs within the first six months of their post-uni blues. The next fifty years are going to be fun, we promise.

Pay off your debts

Don’t try to hide away from your overdraft. You can get yourself a graduate bank account that gives you more interest-free time to pay off your debts. Plus, you only have to start paying your student loan back until you earn over £16,365 (if you started university before September 2012) or £21,000 (if you started after September 2012).

Regularise your sleeping pattern

3am is no longer an appropriate bedtime. Get into the routine of going to bed before midnight so those 7am starts aren’t too horrific. You’ll be treasuring those weekend lie-ins.

Offer to make the tea

It’s a great ice-breaker in a new job if you offer to make the tea, or any hot drink for that matter. Everybody in your place of work will be grateful of the small gesture, and they should return the favour!

Lose your student habits

You can no longer watch Netflix ‘til the early hours of the morning, or live entirely off noodles. Rolling into work in your pyjamas and UGGs won’t be acceptable. You can’t leave weeks’ worth of washing up in the sink, nor can you go a month without doing laundry. Perhaps you never had these habits anyway, but if you did and you want to carry on living this way, you will find it really hard to find flatmates.

Prepare yourself for the commute

Right now you might be able to leave the house five minutes before your lecture, or stroll in 15 minutes late and just catch up on some notes. The same can’t be said for most jobs, and if you have a long commute, you could be setting your alarm for 5am (which will be fine if you follow point 4).

Celebrate 25 days of paid holiday

Fancy travelling South-East Asia for three months in the summer? Well now your holidays will have to be a little shorter (although not necessarily less adventurous). You will typically have 25 precious days off, which works out at five working weeks. This might not seem like much, but it’s something to be cherished.

This post was kindly contributed by Lizzi Hart at Graduate Recruitment Bureau.

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