On July 9th, I donned a black gown and cap and headed along to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen for an incredibly long-awaited day: Graduation.
After 7 years, I have officially worked my socks off and obtained a degree and I’m pretty darn proud of myself. At the beginning of my journey, with taking time out of university to build on my work experience and enjoying a healthy bank account, I did not see this day arriving so I’m glad I eventually went back, stuck at it and pushed through the major up and downs that university brought.
I did push through and on this day I had the pleasure of walking across the stage, shaking hands with some important people and being handed a scroll that I can now cherish forever. I didn’t fall either which is just as large an accomplishment!
But what now?
Well, the job hunt has started. My days right now are spent filling in job applications, sending CVs off to recruitment agencies and prepping for interviews.
I’m applying for everything under the sun because when I think about what I want to do, I still have no idea. I look at a job description and think “Oh yeah, that looks like something I’d enjoy”, apply and then 2 minutes later be looking at another role in a completely different sector and imagining myself working that role too. I’m applying for full-time roles, temporary roles. Ones I’m overqualified for, ones I’m under-qualified for. Before I know it 50 CVs are sent away and I’m likely to hear back from about 3, some of which are rejection emails.
It makes planning the future difficult. What am I going to be doing? Where will I be? It’s a strange period of time and I find myself feeling in a state of limbo. How does one make career goals when you have no idea what role or sector you are going to end up in?
I go from longing for a role in HR to applying to become a trainee paralegal. It’s bizarre.
I slightly envy those who are set in the industry they want to work in and know exactly what they are holding out for but for me, that doesn’t exist. I just want a job where I will be happy, have direction and the possibility of progression. Right now, I suppose those are my career goals until I have a specific industry to relate them too.
Next is the frustration and disappointment when you get that second interview but don’t get the job. It’s bound to happen to us all a few times before we finally receive that positive phone call offering you a job offer but it’s definitely disheartening when you know you have given it your absolute all and it still wasn’t good enough, or worse when they say that your interviews were perfect, couldn’t have done anything differently but in the end, the decision ultimately came down to experience.
And what’s with every job needing experience anyway? Hello, I’ve been at university to progress my knowledge so I can be a better employee in this role. We don’t have on the job experience. No one does when they first start out. Hiring Manager, you were in the same position once. Companies need to give us a chance because our generation is the future.
Does anyone else feel like they are in a post-graduation limbo?
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