Leaving your student days behind you might seem like a scary thought and adjusting to a normal 9-to-5 lifestyle might take some getting used to. After all, you have just spent the last few years meeting some great people, going out multiple times a week and being able to spend the whole day lounging in your pyjamas because, well, you wanted to. Although it’s the end of an era, it’s also the start of a new one which is pretty exciting. So have a read why swapping your student lifestyle for a graduate one, isn’t as bad as you might initially think…
The world is your oyster
After completing your final year exams, you might feel like you’ve aged a decade from stress, but really you’re so young and you have your whole life ahead of you. It might sound cliché, but the world really is your oyster. Make the most of having little responsibility where all you really have to think about is yourself. Although this may feel scary to begin with (after all your whole life has pretty much been dictated by education) be optimistic and look at it as something really exciting and a huge opportunity to succeed in something that you really want.
Easier to get a job
Your parents and probably your lecturers have spent the last three years scaring you about the tough job market, leaving you to feel like you’re never going to get a job after university. However don’t let this dishearten you as statistics have proved otherwise. The latest figures show that 61% of graduates find employment 6 months after leaving University. Even if you do find yourself out of work as a graduate, you are still a lot more likely to find a job than someone without a degree. The employment rate for graduates is 87%, compared to 83% for those whose highest qualifications are A-levels and 76% for those who left school with GCSEs.
Remember, as a graduate you have a competitive edge; and not just because of your higher education qualification. Employees recognise that university is challenging and you are forced to think critically and independently, developing confidence and skills that will transfer well into the work place.
Housing market looking up
Although it is unlikely that you will be looking to buy a house immediately after university, when the time does come for you to book your moving company, the housing market looking much more positive and the introduction of the help to buy scheme has meant that getting onto the property ladder has become a lot easier for generation Y.
The help to buy scheme means you can put a deposit on a house for as little as 5% therefore, getting a house is now much easier and more affordable meaning that you don’t have to get trapped into paying extortionate rent prices. Young couples have already found the scheme to be very positive –for example a couple who recently brought one of the new homes in Norfolk, provided by Abel Homes have expressed just how good the scheme is: “The Help to Buy scheme enabled us to buy the house we really wanted, as well as accessing a better mortgage deal.”
Money in your pocket
One of the best things about leaving university is finally having a bit of money in your pocket to spend. No longer will you have to live off baked beans and pasta (hooray!) or constantly be in your overdraft.
While you might miss the bank of mum and dad and student loan day (and going on a massive shopping spree because you forget it has to last you the whole term), it will feel so good when you get your first pay check and realise that all your hard work really does pay off.
So what can you expect to earn as a graduate? Well according to HECSU’s What Do Graduates Do? Report, the average salary for UK graduates in full-time employment six months after graduation range between £18,000-£24,000. However, The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and HighFliers.co.uk published a report that stated the average starting salary was £29,000, whileTheBigChoice.com has this a little lower at £26,500. Whatever salary you do earn as a graduate – it’s a lot better that trying to live off a very limited weekly allowance.
Leave work at work
Once you are in the world of work, you’ll no longer have that dreaded assignment looming over your head. So no more doing all-nighters in the library a week before the deadline or constantly feeling guilty when you’re out socialising with friends when really you know you should finishing that last assignment off.
While your workplace will have deadlines and targets to meet, you can complete them in your normal working day – starting early in the morning and finishing at a reasonable time to get the job done. Everyone around you will be working just as hard, and there won’t be distractions like there was as a student. You can then leave work at work, enjoy socialising in your evenings and weekends and resume your tasks the next working day.