You may have heard of the graduate blues, but I reckon many final year students are suffering these prematurely; in the form of pre-graduation panics.
It happened. The question dreaded by all final year students/recent graduates hit my ears on Christmas day. Of all the days to bring this up, it had to be my favourite day of the year. This question is very easy to avoid at university; don’t talk to career advisers, lecturers or your parents, and your friends are quite firmly in the same boat to know not to ask. But on Christmas day, we arrive at my Nan’s for my favourite meal of the year, and I hear:
“So what are you going to do with your life?”
The only response I could muster was “try to get a job”. At least it was the truth. And I think most people would give the same response. But it is a terrifying thought. Come June I will be unemployed. No, I haven’t applied for any graduate schemes, because there aren’t any I want to do. No, I haven’t applied for any jobs because they all start before I graduate. And yes, I know this will leave me very stuck. So instead of writing my dissertation right now, I am wondering what a careers adviser would be telling me to do apart from sort my life out. I need more direct advice.
In all honesty, all I have done is created a LinkedIn profile. Just a page sitting on the World Wide Web begging someone to give me a job. Very unlikely but it’s worth a shot. I want to be an editor, preferably of Vogue. So my plan at the moment is actually get a degree, and send out some speculative letters to local newspapers and magazines asking for any experience or jobs they might have. My other option is to do a masters degree but this comes at a very high price. Slightly worrying, but what can you do?
If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it, as at the moment all I have is 10,000 words to write!