Taking the Leap - Uni Life to the 9-5

Taking the Leap - Uni Life to the 9-5

MEGAN REECE 16.10.2017 5 MINS

It's been nearly a year since I took the leap and stepped into the real 9-5, five days a week, sweaty, sleepy tube, blink-and-you’re-back, big old world of work-life. My first ever non-till equipped job and the pop of the bubble that is University.

But finding a job was tough. I knew it would be because it’s all you hear and what people ask. It felt like there was this expectation that the minute the degree’s put in your hand and you throw your graduation hat, you should be straight back down to earth and landing your perfect graduate job. And to a certain extent it’s about the expectation you give yourself, where you should be heading and what will make that lovely lump sum of student debt - that makes you slightly hyperventilate when you think about it - worthwhile. And with that came a new, different kind of bubbling pressure for me.

I found myself asking those typical, ‘deep thinking’ questions of myself - ‘What do I want to do?’, ‘What am I interested in?’, ‘Where do I want to be?’ on and on... the very thing I did before I decided University was what I was going to do. The only thing I really knew was I wanted to do something creative and that I didn’t want to be anywhere near a till or a shouty customer blaming me for the price of boxers in the men’s department of M&S.

So into the hunt I went, along with a pack of ambitious graduates and others doing the same thing. And even though it wasn’t as long as I know it could have been, it really did feel like a long time looking.

But it did mean that I learnt a few things on my pursuit...

1. Degrees can feel like they’re just a tick in the box. Which really… they mostly are. But I think it’s important to be proud of what was achieved and remember what you’re good at and what you’re passionate about.

2. Don’t let green envy get you. Some people may be lucky enough to land their ‘perfect’ job but you have to remember a) things aren’t always as they seem and b) ...

3. ...if you work hard and stay motivated for what you want, you’ll get that one step closer. Even if it’s not what you thought, you’ll learn something from it.

4. Send emails!

I took the leap and sent an email last October and I got a reply - one of very few who replied and took the time to talk to me. And that leap landed where I am now at Kids Industries - where I have been learning and continue to learn as I find where my true passions lie.

The truth is, the majority of people don’t actually know the answers to all those difficult questions we force on ourselves, because it’s okay to not have a clear path, it’s just about what direction you’re heading in.

“Your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.”


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