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How to Stay Positive After Graduation

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If you’re a recent graduate like me, you might share the familiar feelings of uncertainty and deflation. After spending years in education, the summertime was a chance to relax but this summer feels very different.

We’re entering the real world and starting the next chapter. No more student discount and overdraft - what happens now?! Some people have found jobs already, some are off travelling, and some are simply waiting for something. Whatever step you’re  on of your journey, remember that this is not a time to be feared, but a time to grasp life by both hands and get excited for what lies ahead!

There are so many different paths to take. There is no single ‘right’ one because your journey is unique to you. The right path is the one that you want to take. Some people know exactly what they want in life and others are still deciding. Both of those are perfectly ok! People change their careers halfway through their lifetime and are still figuring out what they want to do because there are SO many options available. Whatever path you choose now doesn’t have to be your final destination. You can change your mind at any time, so relieve that pressure on yourself.

The tons of rejection emails, perfecting your CV, experimenting with different jobs and saving for travelling may leave you feeling deflated, but it is so important not to give up or lose hope! No one will tell you that it’s easy to find your dream job – that’s not life, is it? Believe in yourself and know that you can achieve anything you desire. It’s unrealistic to assume that you’ll go straight into your dream job as soon as you graduate, if you have, that’s lucky. But for the majority of us, we have to work towards our dream job. It’s so important to keep that goal in mind to have something to work for when you don’t think you’re doing quite what you want to do. After all, in the grand scheme of things, what you’re doing 10-15 years down the line is so much more important than your first job after graduation.

No one can tell you that you are making the wrong choice. Just because someone you know may have a job lined up or have begun their travels, that doesn’t mean you’re not on track too. Your opportunity will come, you just need to keep looking. Think back to the very beginning, I bet you never imagined that you would graduate in a flash. I bet you’ve overcome challenges that you never thought you would. I bet your confidence and self-growth has skyrocketed. Acknowledge your success so far and remember the days you wanted to give up and felt out of depth and know that you still have it within you to succeed further.

Maintain your positive attitude by reflecting on your past success and treating the future with excitement rather than fear or worry. Each day holds a new opportunity and you never know what may arise. Keep your goal in mind and try to take steps towards it when you can. Good luck and have faith that you will find your way.

I’m going to leave it with a quote that always makes me feel hopeful and strong from F. Scott Fitzgerald, “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again”.

Enjoyed this blog? Take a look at: 6 Key Tips to Help You in Your Graduate Job Hunt or So, You've Finished Univeristy... Now What?

GRB Blog Author and Student - Emmanuelle Gammage

Emmanuelle is a third year student at Newcastle University studying journalism. She is passionate about all things positive in lifestyle and well-being! 

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