Live after university

Published: 17th March 2009
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If you have been living in halls for the last 3 years or so, then removing yourself from that environment can be a challenge. You can take the university student out of the halls, but you can't take the halls out of the university student. Many aspects of dorm life are incompatible with normal living. If you'll be living alone, then this transition will be easier than if you were moving in with your significant other or family.

Good sleeping habits are not common amongst university students. Some students have strong discipline, and maintain a strict routine throughout their university years, but they are the exception. Most university students party late into the night, and then crawl out of the bed whenever possible. This might be fun during university, but it will wreak havoc on your career, not to mention your health too. An adult requires 8 hours of sleep each night to be fully refreshed. This is not always possible, of course, but developing a set bedtime and sticking to it each night will keep you healthy. You will find that after sticking to this routine your body will become its own digital clock, making you tired at your bedtime as a reminder to go to sleep.

Partying is great, sometimes it seems that university was really designed as one big party. Many university students drink alcohol in excess and use drugs on a daily basis while in university. There is an invisible line; a line that a person crosses when they turn from just partying too much, to becoming an addict or alcoholic. After university, there are two groups of people: those who stopped partying, and those who did not. The ones that didn't usually landed in jail, rehab, or the morgue. Knowing how to tap a keg perfectly isn't a highly sought job skill. Do yourself a favor and stop partying heavy after university, your life will be much better without it.

Being a university graduate means you are now a responsible adult, try not to laugh now. Finances can seem like a daunting task to university graduates. Learning how to balance your current account, pay bills, save money, and create a budget is important. Don't live off your credit cards; credit rating is extremely important for many things in life, and delinquent credit cards will destroy your credit rating for a long time. If you do not have the cash available to purchase something, then you should not charge the item either. You should be able to manage your own life without anyone's assistance. This is the part in life where you finally appreciate your parent(s) hard work.

Depression is a common reaction to leaving university, saying goodbye to all of your friends hurts because you know that you probably won't see them again. Once you have moved, it is important not to isolate yourself from the outside world. Try to stay active to make the transition go smoothly; you are used to having numerous friends right near you at all times, this is likely not the case now. If you continue to suffer from depression for extended periods of time, then you might consider seeing someone professionally; many university students go through this after they graduate, so you are not alone.

Finding a graduate job may be the most difficult goal to achieve upon leaving university. This also depends greatly on where you live, some job markets are hot, and many are not. If you have the option to settle down wherever you choose, then you should do some research to find the best employment areas. Big cities, like London, are good places to look because they are usually pretty saturated with jobs. Seek advice on resume and covering letters and ensure that its perfect. Apply to numerous positions everyday, even if someone calls you back with an interview. The more interviews that you go on, the sharper you'll be. Study interview questions in your field so you will have an idea of what you're dealing with.

Above all else, stay focused on the fact that this is the time of your life where you pave the way for your future. Don't get caught in a rut and watch the years tick by, if you do then you will regret it forever. If you are not sure what your next step should be then seek the advice of someone you trust, they might have the idea that you're looking for after all.

Nick Peplow is passionate about investment banking internships and graduate jobs

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