The Things I Wish I Knew Before I Graduated

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?

R x

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