Sunday, 10 August 2014

Life After Uni: Expectation Vs Reality

So you graduated from uni and thought you would be living the high life. Well didn't you think wrong. 

My posts on life as an unemployed graduate have been surprisingly extremely popular. You can check them out here and here.
 I have had so many wonderful comments from others in my situation and have inspired blog posts. I am thrilled with the outcome so I thought I could treat you to another one. Enjoy!

Expectation: You'll be earning a nice starter salary at a fancy modern company in the heart of the city. You'll be strutting down the business lane with a swanky leather work bag in one hand and a Starbucks in the other... kindla like Beyonce. Move over Alan Sugar, you've just arrived!

Reality: You're working minimum wage at a part time job whilst spending your days off sending thousands of job applications and hearing absolutely nothing back. Living the dream....not

Expectation: Finally you can go away to anywhere you want with all this new found adult freedom. Why not head over to Barcelona for a city break or even venture over to Thailand for a couple of weeks 'traveling'. You may even have some form of summer holiday romance...just like in The Notebook!

Reality: You're unemployed/on minimum wage and even a wet weekend in Wales is pushing it

Expectation: You're an adult in the adult world now so it's time to look like one. Why not hit H&M, Mango, Warehouse etc and buy yourself some swanky adult clothes. Don't forget that posh interview dress you need! And with that, why not treat yourself to a new designer handbag, I mean you really have to look the part.

Reality: You have no money for clothes and even £12 on a dress in Primark feels extortionate. I guess it's recycling all those old student clothes for the time being. I wonder if I could get away with wearing a cocktail dress to a job interview?!

Social Life
Expectation: With your new adult life it's all about cocktail bars and fine dining. You'll probably be spending Friday night after work in local quirky bars where they serve cocktails out of tea cups with your new work friends. They might as well be calling you Carrie Bradshaw.

Reality: You live a million miles away from your uni friends and all your home friends are moving to London or are yet to complete uni. Plus socializing with home friends means spending money you really really really don't have. Looks like it's time for some quality time on the sofa with your parents!
Obviously I had to get my fave GIF in here

Expectation: You were aware you'd have to move back home and lose all that freedom but it will only be for a little while. You'll get a well paid job and move to a quirky flat in the city with your best friend. You can decorate it with all sorts of lovely new items that are far far away from that student style you dwelled in for the 3 years! Oh and just think of that closet space!

Reality: You'll be living with your parents until you're 30 at this rate.

And there we have it. My graduate reality. 
If you enjoyed this post and can relate to it, feel free to share it with all of your other unemployed graduate friends. Remember, we're all in this together! 



  1. haha such a funny post i love it! id love it if youd comment back xx

  2. Looooooooooooooooooool I love this post as I can relate to it too. Why do they always lie to yours. The struggle is real out here then you have the government sending you letters expecting some payments from you 😭😭😭 :(

    1. I think if the government start sending me letters I will just laugh as I have no means of money to pay them and it is kinda their fault haha. Thanks for reading!

  3. love this post and can relate sooo much! xxx

    1. Glad you could relate! Thanks for reading! :)

  4. I'm graduating next year and dreading it. Thanks for agreeing how crap life will be.. haha ahhh!

  5. Love all the GIFs. I just tried to get a part-time job while I'm studying and sent resumes to so many places and only got a "thanks for applying" response from one. I feel your pain (even if only slightly!)

    timid lioness blog

    1. Hahha it's rubbish right?! Thanks for reading :)

  6. My life right now in a nutshell #killme

    great post made me laugh a lot x

  7. Love this post. Im slightly dreading being a graduate. Thank God I've got one year left!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

  8. this is so true, luckily im starting my masters next month so i dont have to deal with this quite yet xx


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