Surviving post-graduation blues…

Finishing university can be completely overwhelming, let alone during a global pandemic. My second semester of third year was probably the most stressful time of my life. I had constant deadlines to meet, an 8,000-word dissertation to write whilst trying to cope with the pressure of achieving my best mark. How would I be defined […]

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Settling into the workplace as a graduate

Words by Maddie Astle, Founder of Mind The Gap Graduates One thing, among many, that graduates can struggle with after leaving the comforting armsof education is adjusting to the workplace. This new environment, that we are often ill-prepared for, can be daunting and someone that is used to the structure and demands ofschool or university […]

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Five Ways Volunteering Can Help You After Graduation

Words by Beth Turnball-Smailes Finishing uni is a strange feeling, particularly when it’s not exactly a normal year to begin  with. You’ve worked so hard for three long, stressful years until one day when you press  ‘submit’ on your final assignments and then suddenly you’re not a student anymore! The safety net is suddenly gone and […]

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Small Business Q&A | Sophie Winter

How did you decide that University was not for you? For me, it was never about being against university or pro-apprenticeship but rather being set on a particular university and not getting it. Originally, I wanted to go into Politics and do the PPE at Oxford route, it wasn’t just about wanting to follow the […]

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How to Ace your Graduate Job Application

2020 graduates have had it rough. Really, really rough. Imagine having spent three years working your ass off only to have a shockingly mediocre graduation ceremony over Zoom before being catapulted into a collapsing economy where employers know too damn well that they have the upper hand. I’ve seen jobs advertising an £18k.p.a. salary that […]

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Studying a Generic Degree – What Comes Next?

Written by Izzy Cole When I decided on studying English Literature, I was met with the same predictable responses. I was either going to ‘end up’ as a teacher, which there is of course nothing wrong with, but it never seemed framed as anything other than an inevitable outcome. Otherwise and in slightly more positive […]

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Platform Spotlight: The Hysteria Collective

Today on The Graduate Club we have a platform spotlight from the Founder of The Hysteria Collective. Created by 2020 Philosophy and Politics Graduate, Imogen Brighty-Potts, the platform is a collective for creative women, trans and non-binary people to share their work, voices, and network with one another. Imy has kindly shared a little bit […]

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Will to Learn, Strive to Grow

Will to Learn “You can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Everyone has the ability to learn, but it comes down to who has made the active choice to do so. Learning is not only reading, writing, watching, and listening. The ability to think and willingness to learn can make […]

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Graduating as a Drama Student

Recently I started a podcast with one of my closest friends. We reflected on our graduation day and raised a glass to the class of 2020. Entering the working world as a drama graduate that does not have a lot of time for the arts is a daunting task, a task I have been on […]

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How to get experience for your CV – all by yourself!

“We are welcoming graduates to apply, 3-5 years experience is essential” Great. After graduating in 2019, I began my, what felt like, never-ending search for a job. From August-October, I non-stop applied for whatever marketing/media/communications job I could find, and hoped for the best, despite absolutely zero experience or knowledge of marketing what-so-ever! Somehow, I […]

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Graduate Q&A | Ellie Derbyshire

What were your initial career plans for life after University?  Like many history students, I was not entirely sure what I wanted to do. I just knew I did not want to  be a history teacher (despite the instinctive response from family members when I speak to them  about what I want to do)! Also, […]

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The Ethics of Job Hunting

Words by Jenny Katte I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that when I (virtually) graduate, I’ll have officially left the physical and metaphorical crucible where many of my current ethics and values were shaped. I for one desperately want to take my solidified outlook into a workplace where I can “do my bit” […]

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Being a Virtual Intern during a Pandemic

I am an undergraduate studying BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Management and Finance, beginning my final year in September. I have completed over 12 internships spanning across seven industries, dabbling in Banking, Sales, Marketing and even a stylist for a music video! I ran my own start-up for five years, XTRA.art and then headed Sales and […]

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Q&A | Ola Majekodunmi from All Things Money

How was your University experience? I studied at The University of Birmingham for four years where I studied BusinessManagement with a Year in Industry. My university experience was just an absoluterollercoaster of a journey (in a good way!) There were definitely some highs and lows, but Iam so pleased to have made it to the […]

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My Graduate Struggles

By Karla Hopkinson When I was ten years old I knew I wanted to be a writer. Of course, as I grew up, reality hit me like a tonne of bricks as it does for many of us. I knew I should still hold onto my dream but if I was to survive in this […]

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Creative Block: Moving Forward When Your Industry Is Not

Words by Jasmina MatulewiczIllustration by Lauren Chapa In the words of The Financial Times, creative industries are facing a ‘cultural catastrophe’, what with everything 2020 has thrown at us so far. It’s no surprise, then, that they’ve opted for saving themselves before saving anxious graduates. The uncertainty is likely to stick around for a while, […]

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Graduate Q&A | Barbora Vaclavova

What were your initial career plans for life after University? Truth be told, I went to university with a lot of tentativeness and to even start was a big step for me. In the beginning, graduation was still in the mythical realm of the distant future, a light at the end of the three-year tunnel, […]

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Loneliness and Love in Lockdown

Words by Elena Havenga So, there’s a global pandemic going on. You’re back in your childhood bedroom with just the family pet for company. All your university friends live hundreds of miles away. Oh, and you’ve just been dumped. Life seems like it can’t get any more hopeless as a single 22 year old grad-to-be. […]

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Don’t Fear the Lost Year

Words by Lucy Robinson No matter how you felt about graduation, there’s one thing that is for certain: adjusting to life post-university is hard. For three, or more, years of your life, you’ve been building up to getting your degree. Throughout university, graduation was a static destination. But now you’ve been there, done that, and […]

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Graduate Q&A | Amelia Keith

What were your initial career plans for life after University? When I began university, I was so sure that I wanted to pursue a career within the police, tackling crime and protecting the community in one of the most respected uniforms. This was my plan as I had real adrenaline watching the police do what […]

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Incoming Graduate Life

As a History student, I have never had a particular job in mind: my future career path has always been hazy. All I know is that I love the subject, period. But for many people, they just can’t seem to get their head around the fact that I may not have the rest of my […]

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Class of 2020: Making the best of it

Words by Beth Gardner Finishing University at the best of times can be challenging, daunting and uncertain. The addition of a global pandemic has obviously not made matters any easier for the Class of 2020. My name is Beth and, having just finished my degree in English Language and Literature at Cardiff University, I have […]

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Small Business Q&A: Madison Parsons

Name: Madison Parsons Personal Insta: maddie_parsons Business Insta: @foursevernnine What were your initial career plans for life after University? When I first started university, I had absolutely no idea! It was not really until the end of my second year of doing a Music Business degree that I realised I most enjoyed the marketing aspect […]

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Starting Over

Words by Jenny Lowry I’ll be 28 next month, and I just graduated…for the second time.  I left school in 2011 and went straight to Uni to study BSc Sociology and Criminology. I enjoyed the degree to a certain extent, but I knew it wasn’t for me after the end of first year. But I […]

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Small Business Q&A | Katie Galloway from O’livia

Name: Katie GallowayTheme: Small Business SeriesPersonal Insta: @katieogallowayBusiness: @o.livia.ac http://oliviaac.bigcartel.com/ When you applied for University, what were your initial career plans for life after? I initially left school and went to Glasgow School of Art to do Jewellery and Silversmithing hoping to get a job designing my own jewellery.  However, after my first year I […]

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Graduate Limbo

Words by Alice Eve, Illustration by Lish Draws Life ‘I don’t care if I get it or not. I just want to know either way.’ That’s what I told myself as I anxiously sent off the final round of my Drama-School-Panic-Masters application material. Of course, that might have been true at the start of the […]

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Chopping and Changing

Words by Harriet Jenner How to ensure experience from outside your area of interest helps, rather than hinders, your applications.  Growing up, we were always taught that our teens and twenties were the time to try new things. Spin all the plates. Have our fingers in many pies. It seemed we were supposed to change […]

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Concerns of Current Students

Words by Mansi Vithlani Will my degree still be worth the same when I graduate if my learning is all (or partly) online? And what about my university experience? COVID-19 has drastically affected how we study, from those who graduated via online ceremonies, to those mid-degree who are now unsure about their academic futures. Many, […]

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Q&A | Mel Lynch, PR Intern at MTV

Where did you attend University and what course did you study? I attended Cardiff University from 2016-2019 and studied Media, Culture and Journalism What were your initial career plans for life after University? During my third year I knew I wanted to work in TV or film in some capacity. I completed an internship with […]

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An Anticlimactic End to University

Words by Indigo Jones It’s the Summer which means it’s now that intermittent time between finishing university in June and going back in September. It’s the uni equivalent of that week in between Christmas and New Year, with the same amount of alcohol intake but with far more breakdowns! Except when you have just finished […]

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Putting my future plans on hold

Words by Emily Fisher You should never feel guilty for doing what’s best for you in the present moment, and don’t let anyone change your mind on that. Students everywhere are going through a pretty tough time, whether you’ve just graduated, are half way through your degree or have just started your first year, all […]

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