WHY LIFE AFTER YOU GRADUATE CAN BE YOUR BEST YEARS YET.

It's been a month since I left Bournemouth University and now I've been left in limbo, despite setting myself a list of goals for the year. As with most of you graduates, I'm sure you've been bombarded with the "so what's next?" "when are you getting a job?" "where are you going to be living?" "the fun is over now, what next?" questions, and it's okay to say, I don't have a bloody clue mate. 

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no matter what you've studied, you have a degree. 

I now officially have a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Events Management, which has always had a stigma for being a 'mickey mouse' degree, but yet I've found people who have studied maths, law and accounting now wanting a career in events. It may seem like anyone can plan an event but now more than ever more companies are looking for candidates at degree level. Before setting off to uni I knew studying events meant I was limiting my options work wise when coming back to Gibraltar (eventually) and believe me, I considered a lot of options before that (psychology, forensic science, dentistry, geography) but decided I wanted a more creative degree and planned to live in UK. 

No matter if you have a degree in dance, events or netflix, they all show that you've had the determination, knowledge and drive to stick to something for a couple of years, and that's already enough to impress your employer. Now that you have this degree, it's up to you what you want to do with it (and what you don't). Even if you don't even fancy working in that field anymore, I'm sure you won't regret all the nights out, kebabs and friends that your university experience has brought you. 


you have a couple of years to figure it all out. 

This is probably the only time in your life where you are now completely free and have no baggage, which means you can do whatever the hell you want for a while. Whether that's travelling the world, moving from city to city, trying your luck at acting in hollywood or just want to get on with working your way to your dream job, now is the time to do it. Even if you fail miserably, you still have the rest of your life to get back on track. 

10 years ago if you didn't finish university and go straight into a 9-5 job you were considered weird, nowadays the future is digital and more and more people are working for themselves and being able to do the things they love at the same time. For me I wish I could work straight from my laptop so I could afford to travel all the time, but alas my blog pay check can currently get me a one way ticket to England. 

you might meet the man/woman of your dreams.

If you're a 10/10 and have nothing else going on, you could always apply for Love Island and find someone who's 100% your type on paper. If not, now you have all this free time to find your future partner if your university fling just didn't work out. This is (possibly) the chapter of your life to test the waters and start dating people who are actually looking for a long-term relationship and not just someone to make-out with every time you bump into them in Pryzm. 

I've been properly single for like 2 years now and it's been a fun ride, and to be honest I kind of like the single life and have just been having a ball with my friends. My plan is to travel to Australia and find me a sexy surfer to bring back home to Gibraltar for a big plate of Rosto. 

this is the time to discover yourself. 

Corny I know, but if you didn't 'find yourself' at university then nows the time! If you're unemployed, don't sit around watching TV all day and try and do something productive. Whether that be physically, mentally or in your personal life. Now's the time to take piano lessons, get into your best shape ever, start a blog or become a yoga instructor. You're not unemployed, you're simply 'working on yourself'. 

I've kind of taken a backseat on blogging lately as I've been low on inspo and I haven't wanted to post rubbish just for the sake of posting. I feel 'bad' that I haven't been keeping up with it but at the same time I've been working on other aspects of my life. 


the world is your oyster. 

Or clam if you're not a fan of oysters. The fact you've 'completed' university means you're now an independent man/woman who moved to a new city (or country) for a couple of years, without knowing anyone, having to do your own washing and survived. Which means you can pretty much tackle anything now. There are so many opportunities life has to offer and if you don't grab them by the balls now then you might regret it when you're 70 and sitting in a home. Now is the time to create memories and experiences that your grandchildren will love hearing about and creating stories worth sharing. So go ahead and be the life of the party!

I definitely squeezed out as much from university as I could, I got to spend 5 months living in Florida, a year in London and have made friends for life. Even though I have an idea on what I want the next 5 years of my life to look like, you can never plan to far ahead because a lot can change in the space of a few months. So for now watch this space. 

What are your plans for after you graduate? Or if this was a long time ago, what did you do after?!












16 comments

  1. Such a fab post, Gi! I totally agree that whatever your degree is in, you've shown dedication and commitment by studying, and that's a great thing for potential employers! The questions of "what are you going to do now?" and "when are you getting a job?" are so stressful but it is definitely ok not to have it all figured out!

    Abbey πŸ‘‘ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  2. Yes! the world is definitely your oyster. You have the ability to make a life you love and you never need to rush or put pressure on yourself to do anything. I absolutely love this post!


    em x

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  3. I really love this blog post babe, I finished uni a couple of years ago and felt lost for a little while until I found my feet but it was nice knowing that I wasn't the only one. πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com | www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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  4. It must be fabulous to be in a position in your life where you have no responsibilities and can take some time for yourself. I dropped out of uni after 18 months, go a job, moved in with my boyfriend and the rest, as they say, is history. I feel like I've never really had a period with no obligations. Make the most of it.

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  5. Sounds like you're at the most exciting time. I work at a university in the marketing team and I love seeing students come in for open days, at the beginning of their journey with all the exciting choices still ahead. Enjoy this great time and all your freedom x

    Sarah | www.sarahdeluxe.com

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  6. I never went to Uni but I admire anyone that can stay away from home πŸ˜‚ Also congratulations on getting a degree no matter what is in!! It's a degree!!!! Xxxxxxxx

    Lucylovesbeautyxo.com

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  7. This is such a lovely post! I didn't go to uni (and I'm so happy that I didn't) but I totally agree that the best years are yet to come! X

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  8. Congratulations on finishing university to start off with Gi. I've never been but I loved this post so much! It's really great that you know and are aware of all of these things because sometimes people finish what they're doing at university and have no idea about what to do, where they're going and whatnot with no idea that sometimes not everything happens all at once!

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  9. A wonderful post! I graduate in two days and I haven't heard the end of those "what next?" questions, and I've been non-stop on the phone to recruitment agencies, and booking interviews, etc! I have no clue what I want to get into - all I know is I need money to live on so anything will do for now. We have time to figure out our careers, despite what it must feel like with all the pressure from everyone else!

    www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

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  10. Spending 5 months in Florida must have been amazing. I didn't go to uni/college but I did apply & qualify. Sometimes I wish I'd gone to try it out but overall I'm happy where I am :)

    Holly x
    www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

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  11. I totally understand this, it can be really hard to know what to do after uni especially with people constantly asking, I definetely agree it's time to learn more about yourself, find someone worth being with and figuring out what you want to do, if you haven't already.

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

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  12. I’m only going into my second year but I already get the questions like ‘so whats your end goal?!’ ‘Wheres that degree taking you heh?!’ and I don’t know!! I loved reading this as it takes the pressure off to have ‘The best years of your life!’ xx

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  13. I'm a little nervous about finishing uni but you make me feel a little comfortable. I really want to go travelling after uni!

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  14. Congratulations on finishing your degree! I honestly cannot wait to graduate next year and start the next chapter of my life...but I'm also slightly scared about exactly what I'm going to do.
    Alicia x
    Aesthetic Obsessed

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  15. Love this post! And it's so true about every degree requiring effort. The uni I went to was a teaching university, and I took a degree in Early Years and everyone used to laugh at how it was the 'easy' choice, but it really wasn't. It was a lot of hard damn work and I used to get so annoyed at people.
    And good luck with the future girlie, it's exciting times for you!

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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