Which step have you reached today? The aimless ramblings of a lost graduate

Charlee Owen By Charlee Owen, 3rd Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Stumbling across this image on the internet, normally I’d just skip on past and get on with my evening. But instead, it just bugged me. Mainly because as a newly released graduate giving a half-hearted attempt at a ‘productive’ day I’d still only reached step two – ‘I can’t do it’.I hope a combination of this image and the article it inspired me to right manages to give someone else the same shove out of bed that I needed to get moving in the right direction.

I've finished !!! What now?

After an excruciating final term and three long years as an undergrad, I swore like thousands of others that when I finished I would never complain about being bored, never sit back and let life pass me by after wasting so many hours staring at the wall, and to always approach every second of this new freedom with positivity and vigour. So, after a whirlwind spontaneous trip to Madrid, a fortnight of heavy partying and a half-hearted attempt at wading through travel guides to plan the trip of a lifetime I’ve already hit graduation blues. Less than a month down the line with results looming I’m replacing revision with endless job hunting and the rain clouds continue to cast doom and gloom. All those wondrous plans are nothing without money. And there predictably is the problem.

How could it possibly be this difficult to get a part-time job?

Brighton – beautiful, quirky, cosmopolitan. However, this isn’t another aimless rant about the appalling state of the economy (I’m bored just retyping those overplayed buzz words) but more a speculation on the undoubtable protection education places on us. On reaching university most of us have been in education at least sixteen years (personally I’ve served eighteen – not that I’m bitter…) and we might have taken the first steps away from home, learnt to how to turn the central heating on and realised self-sufficiency isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be but you’ve always got the back up of temporarily ‘free money’ if you use it wisely. That and the promise that the moment it’s all over you can get out there for real and show them what you’re made of.

Hate to say I told you so ...

As with anything, no matter how many times people tell you how it’s going to feel – and for me it was the voice of Emma Morley in David Nicholls’ novel One Day, you very rarely believe it until you experience it. I’m now more than aware that for all its merits, university really is just another protective blanket from reality. In all fairness it is a necessary one for all those (myself included) who have taken great benefit from a teen to twenties stepping stone, but still what happens when its gone?

I don’t think I’ve been a particularly bad student. I’ve done more than my fair share of deadline all-nighters and given my liver a run for its money but I’ve kept my head above my overdraft for the most part, racked up a bit of work experience and solidly decided travelling would be the next step before I hit the graduate market. At least I thought I had. Everything looks so different this side of the woods… when you start to realise you actually have to do it now.

In all honesty, I don’t know where to start.

All I’ve really decided is I want to go. Brochures, bloggers, friends and travel advisers swamp you with endless information, advice, must-sees and aren’t you going tos but when you sit down to make a plan it’s enough to suck all the fun out of it. The dream of jumping on a plane and heading towards the horizon is an almost impossibility, but I’m determined to fulfil it even if it means throwing a dice on a map and seeing where it lands. I can only hope this image manages to give someone else the same shove out of bed that I needed to get moving in the right direction


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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Don't worry we all get lost from time to time. You just have to figure out the right direction and it will happen given time.

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