This article originally appeared on Gradlancer
You’ve finally done it! 3 years of highs and lows and it all seems to be over so quickly.
The graduation photos have been instagrammed, and you seem to find yourself in a panic wondering what you’re actually going to do now that your three years of fun is finally up.
The last boxes have been packed, and your student discount card is due to run out in the next month, and you swear to yourself if another relative asks about what your plans are once you graduate, your head will explode.
Here are 5 reasons as to why you should stop panicking about what you’ll do after university:
1. You aren’t the only one feeling like this: Thousands of students across the UK will be in the exact same position as you.
2. You’re still young: The majority that graduate are only 21 years old! Take this time to go for internships and graduate schemes that will help you get that dream job instead of jumping into the first 9-5 you see.
3. Your degree won’t go to waste: Any university degree has taught you a set of life skills as well as training you academically in your subject area. If you finish university and feel as though you have spent three years working towards nothing, you haven’t.
4. There is more to life than a 9-5: Travel, intern, volunteer and freelance while you can. There’s a whole lot to learn outside of university, getting stuck in a dead-end job when you have the tools whilst you’re young to explore other opportunities is pointless!
5. Comparing yourself to your peers is a waste of time: Who care’s if one friend has landed themselves a salary job, and the other has just completed a marathon. Focus on what your long term goals are and the rest.. really doesn’t matter!