It's nearly three years since I finished university and came to the end of my Editorial & Advertising Photography Degree. Those three years that I spent living away from home seem like a lifetime away now and in a lot of ways it doesn't even seem real. Looking back now there are a lot of things that I wish I had known before I graduated and here a few of them.
- It's completely ok to come to the end of university and feel lost, a lot can change in the three years that you're there.
- Everyone panics about what they're going to do afterwards.
- Save your last student loan as much as you can, it will be less painful when September rolls around.
- Finally getting your degree really doesn't make you feel all that different.
- The dissertation that you spent months slaving away on will probably never see the light of day again.
- Finding a hairstyle that looks reasonably nice with a mortarboard is impossible.
- There is nothing wrong with just taking any job straight out of university.
- Nobody has it completely figured out.
- Tweaking your CV will become a daily task.
- Being out of education for the first time in 18 years is scary.
- The question of 'so what do you want to do now?' is one that makes you feel slightly hot under the collar.
- It's a scary day when your student loan repayment letter comes through the door and you see the amount of interest they've piled on since the day you applied for it.
- There is nothing wrong with going back to live with your parents till you feel a little more on your feet.
- Everybody fears walking up onto that stage and falling flat on their face in front of a crowd, but no one does.
- The job that you get after university doesn't define your entire career.
- It's ok not to be able to afford to intern in London.
What do you wish you had known before graduating?