4 Things I’ve Learnt as a New Graduate


So, for those of you who don’t know. I graduated this Summer… 11 July to be more specific. I was thrown very quickly straight into the world of work; I had the longest Summer break ever… of a grand total of 4 days… whoop!

Anyway, long story short, I went from spending 5 hours a week in lectures, yet still drowning in work, working in retail and internships to pay my way through University and my not-so-mild alcohol addiction and just generally studenting, to having a 9.30-6 (not quite as catchy as 9-5) job, commuting from the surrounding boroughs of London all the way into central London and just generally adulting (I’m loving my new verbs here…).

1. You won’t be as rich as you think you were going to be – I mean, I did an Arts degree, so to be paid full stop is a bit of a marvel. However, I had that really sad realisation that once I take out all the expenses I have (mainly by £22 daily train tickets and my car)… you really aren’t rolling in it. Also, when your brother is an engineer… yeah, wages are depressing, let’s not thing about it..

2. Free time is amazing – shame I’m always too tired to appreciate it. However, when you get home, that time is yours… no coursework deadlines, no part-time job to go to, no assigned reading. I have gained weekends for the first time since I was 16 and I don’t really know what to do with myself.

3. University does not prepare you for Tax/pensions/all that stuff – you will spend a good 5 minutes a day worrying whether you’re in the right tax bracket, whether the decision to only pay a minimal percentage of your wages into your pension is a good idea, or literally any adult decision that school/University just fails to tell you is a thing

4. This is it now… – The day I realised that I will be going to work 5 days a week for the rest of my life (excluding holidays, children, sick days, etc.) was an interesting day. Currently, I love my job, and so the concept doesn’t at all terrify me. But, it can be a completely daunting fact.

Katie x

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