Graduating from university means change, bringing exciting opportunities and fresh challenges to many aspects of life. The transition can be daunting; and one of the best ways of dealing with this is identifying the challenges and managing how you respond.
Leaving university is a significant transition, introducing a degree of uncertainty to life. Education has provided a natural pathway since childhood, but after university the choices open up.
The next phase may mean being separated from friends, moving back home or into rented accommodation, managing on a tight budget and starting a job search. This new life can be unsettling at first; but change brings new opportunities and is essential for personal growth.
Stay positive and embrace the challenges ahead
On leaving university you do not need to sort your life out immediately. Take control by focusing on small goals, one at a time e.g. prepare your CV, clean up your social media profile, get back on track with your interests or sport. And reward each accomplishment - it represents progress, and will help you to stay positive and motivated.
Learning how to manage change and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle is a key life skill. If you feel good, you will be more confident and you will perform better - more able to cope with change and ready to enjoy the next chapter of your life.
Make use of the advice and support available
Here are some resources which can provide tips, guidance and support for ‘Life After Uni’.
- Citizens Advice: Offers free confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, on a wide range of issues including benefits, housing, debt and money, work and health.
- HelloGrads.com: Offers tools, tips and shared experiences from graduates and experts on well-being, jobs, money, housing and graduate life in general.
- Meetup.com: An online social networking portal that helps people to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as books, music, film, health or politics.
- Do-it.org: A UK-wide database of volunteering opportunities – search by postcode and type of volunteering.
- Pacifica mobile app: Daily tools for stress and anxiety alongside a supporting online community - based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Meditation.
As a graduate, you have lifelong access to careers support from St Mary's Employability Service. We can help you with:
- Free careers coaching to help you get the job you want
- Career guidance
- Application advice
- Career resources
- Interview preparation
- Psychometric testing
You can also find part-time and graduate jobs advertised on CareerConnect and book onto events to meet potential employers.
- The Money Advice Service: Provides advice and guides to help improve your finances, tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead, and support over the phone and online.
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