Life After Uni

Life After Uni

Having recently graduated from the University of Sheffield in July 2017 I wanted to share my experience of adjusting to ‘Life after Uni’ and hopefully provide some helpful advice to others going through the same.

Spending three or more years away from home and then returning is the biggest shock to the system I have had since, well… leaving in the first place!

Moving Back Home

The first thing to come to terms with when leaving university is that you’ll most likely have to move back to your hometown and back in with your parents. This can seem a real challenge when you’ve been away so long as you will have changed so much as a person and it can seem daunting to fit back into your old routine.

Things to consider:

  • You’ve changed, your family may have too! You all have to work together to make this new arrangement work so communication is key.
  • It’s not all bad, being part of the family home again can help. Everything from having your support network back to doing less ironing!
  • If it proves tough to adjust make sure you regularly get out of the house. Visit friends you missed when living away and go to the places you used to enjoy visiting. This can really help to remind you of what you love about your hometown and distract you from missing your Uni lifestyle.

Finding A Job

You probably spent a large portion of your final year being badgered by your tutors and the careers service to apply for any and all job opportunities. I found this exhausting and in the end I just decided to wait until after graduation to start the job hunt.

Things to consider:

  • You don’t have to have something immediately lined up for when you leave, take your time. You’ve just worked extremely hard towards a goal that has been your ‘everything’ for the last few years, you deserve a break.
  • You might not get it right first time. I write to you now from my second job and I’d been graduated less than a year when I started here. Try things out and make sure the choice is right for you.
  • It can feel very demoralising being rejected from several positions. Don’t let this get you down. You will find something eventually, even if it’s not where you thought you would end up.
  • Don’t only consider the larger companies that people expect graduates should work for. There is so much pressure to apply to large companies’ grad schemes, offering large starting salaries, which can make this seem like the be all and end all. I can tell you from experience that sometimes the smaller independent companies can have more to offer.

Moving Out Again

Once you’ve found a job you are happy in, your next step is probably going to be saving up to move out again. There are many options you could use to save up, including ISA’s (read about the Help to Buy and Lifetime ISA’s here). The key here is committing to saving.

Things to consider:

  • Don’t feel like you have to rush straight into buying. Renting can be a good way to find out where you might like to live and how, be it with a partner, friend, or alone.
  • Try filling in an income and expenditure spreadsheet (download ours here) to work out how much you can afford to save. This will also help you budget and get used to having more money from working but also more outgoings than you likely had at uni.
  • Start to have a look what’s available in your price range, this helps you be realistic but also it can spur you on with saving.

It’s definitely tough being thrust into the real world after living in the Uni bubble for several years. Just remember it’s not all bad, don’t panic, and you might even have some fun along the way! I hope you find these tips useful and that they can help you adjust to your ‘Life after Uni’.