No One Said It Would Be Easy….

So then….after three years of beautiful welsh countryside and beach views it seems my university life at Aberystwyth has come to an end! I have to admit I felt as if I had been smacked in the face when I finished university. The reality of having to go out and find a job which would have prospects and be something to do with my degree which I studied three years for, is one of the hardest things I’ve had to  accept. But of course, it doesn’t help that many of my university friends know what they want to do, or are already doing. Neither does it help, that loads of people I know from university are now in well-paid, amazing jobs which they obviously have their parents and their parents connections to thank for. I have no parental connections, I have no contacts, and I certainly don’t have the money to go off to Asia for a year to ‘find myself’. Then there’s my friends who are doing masters or teacher training courses, I’ve never particularly thought about teaching and I genuinely don’t think it’d be a career suitable for me. As for masters I have absolutely no way of funding one, and even if I did how would I afford food and accommodation? No, that wasn’t an option for me yet. So since I left university I have been applying for jobs in Cardiff. I moved here as me and my boyfriend decided we wanted to live together and the only way we could do it was if we moved into his parents house whilst looking for jobs. That way, we could save up and get our own place. That of course, was the plan. However, life and the world it seems doesn’t always listen to your plans. Its been months of tears and trauma, interviews and rejection letters. Needless to say, life after university ate me up and spat me straight out. No one seems to prepare you for the next chapter after university, no one seems to warn you and honestly, I feel like I was conned in sixth form into applying to uni as it gave you ‘more job opportunities’. Please, someone tell me I’m not the only one who feels like this? or I am just the unlucky 1% who struggle to find work?

After a few months, I’ve finally got myself a temp job in retail but this isn’t what I want to be doing. I’m hoping if I keep applying that something will come along but until then it seems I’m a graduate with a 2:1 in English with £50,000 worth of debt working in retail because I cant get a job I want because I have no experience and I can’t get any experience because I don’t have the job I want. Yep, that’s how the ugly circle goes…

Nevertheless, I shall try my hardest to persevere…one way or the other. Anyway, my message to all your graduates who are in  the same boat as me is…YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

I did it! Even if the cap looks horrendous on me!
I did it! Even if the cap looks horrendous on me!

Author: Chelsea Thompson

Liverpool based Scriptwriter, Script Reader and Script Consultant. Offering feedback and helpful advice to all budding writers out there! As a fellow writer I know just how hard nailing that first draft can be, so instead of suffering in silence lets grab a cuppa and suffer together!

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