Saturday 15 July 2017

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. 

summer nights

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?!

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