Graduate Blog

The One Year Itch


You know they say as we get older time passes by more quickly? Wow, they are right! This week marks a whole year since I graduated from University and I’m left with that cliché ringing in my ears, ‘Where has the time gone?’

I have to admit, my first year in the ‘real world’ has definitely not been what I expected. 12 months down the line I am still unemployed and find the lack of job offers increasingly frustrating. But, you know, it isn’t all bad. I’ve learnt a lot over the last year. I’ve volunteered for different websites, newspapers, magazines and blogs which has been very interesting. More recently I’ve started a three month internship for a student charity. I was lucky enough to be assigned the role of Junior Commission Editor which I’m hoping will look great on my CV! Working from home has meant I’ve had to learn lots of new skills; like how to use Google Hangouts and video chat. I’m really enjoying the challenge and it’s great to have deadlines to meet again. (I am aware that those of you still studying will be appalled by my last comment).

I’m really hoping that employment is not too far away. I guess I just wanted to offer some words of encouragement, if, like me, you are still facing the daily battle of the job hunt. Don’t give up. I know it’s frustrating, but try and use this time for the greater good. If I was employed immediately out of University I wouldn’t have had any of the skills or experience that I have now. Good luck!

About the Author

Samantha Wright Samantha Wright

I've been studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Northumbria University for the last three years. My modules have covered everything from Shakespeare, to how to write a film treatment, with poetry and short fiction thrown in! I've always wanted to write and see my name in print and hopefully this is a step in the right direction!

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