University is all about learning, both academically and socially. The lessons you learn while studying are second to none, but some are more important than others. To make sure you are learning the right things, here are 10 things that you should know before you graduate and enter the real world.
1) Your degree will probably be irrelevant to your future career.
Ok. Maybe this isn’t true for everyone. If you study law or medicine, then you’ll probably need everything you learned at uni. But for the majority of degrees, the 3 years’ worth of notes will probably be useless. Almost half of UK graduates take non-graduate jobs, and it’s not uncommon to find yourself in banking, even if you did a science degree.
2) Putting things off wont achieve anything
Whether it’s the paper that’s due next week, or the internship you keep telling yourself that you’ll apply for. You should know by now that putting things off leads to absolutely nothing. Don’t get too lazy; university is the time to do and achieve whatever you want in order to get to where you want to be.
3) How to cook…
Gone are the days of mum’s home-cooked meals each night, or dad’s famous BBQs. Sadly, the days of takeaway and fast food are also over once you leave university (let’s face it, no one wants a dinner party comprising of Big Macs). It’s time to learn how to cook, or at least, learn how to throw some things into the oven and boil some veg. The adult world is calling.
4) …& to clean
You may have been lucky enough to have a cleaner in first year halls, and living amongst dirty pots and pans for the rest of your student time is completely acceptable. As soon as you move on, however, a kitchen full of mouldy food and unwashed dishes won’t be. Get down to Asda and stock up on cleaning products.
5) You may have to move back in with your parents
After three blissful years of independence, this may seem like a backward step. However, in the UK 3.2 million 20-34 year olds live at home with their parents. “Why would I ever do that?” you say? Well, if you’re lucky to have parents living in big cities, close to jobs and graduate schemes, it’s much cheaper to bunk up with them and save your earnings, rather than shelling out thousands on your own accommodation. Who knows, you may even get your meals cooked for you again!
6) What you want to do with your life
Do you want a job for the money, or because you enjoy it? Probably the hardest decision to make. And unfortunately the jobs that give you both satisfactions are hard to find. Before you apply for graduate schemes, work out what you want to do with your future. Never compare yourself with anyone else, we all have different priorities.
7) How to Iron
Turning up to work with a crumpled shirt or skirt does not look good. End of.
8) What’s going on in the world
Time to slowly start wielding yourself away from that student bubble you get yourself into, and start finding out what’s happening around the world. Just by spending five minutes browsing the BBC News website, you’ll be able to keep up and have an opinion.
9) Know who you are
University is all about finding yourself. By the time you graduate you should know what you like and what you don’t, and the type of people you want to surround yourself with.
10) That university is the best time of your life