I have officially finished my degree!
Well, I finished it a month ago, but today I found out I got a first! Alright, I’ll actually finish when I graduate in a fortnights time but that’s just being picky.
It’s nice to finally be able to say ‘I have a degree, and it’s this class.’ But at the same time, I just don’t feel the relief I thought I’d be feeling. I suppose it’s due to the fact that now I have to really get on it and find a job.
Of course, I’ll be looking to publish articles and finish my book at the same time, but as that’s so up in the air I’ll have to look for a down to earth desk job in the time being.
That’s not to say that I won’t enjoy it; I’ll be looking in the same area I did my final project on: data analysis, which I enjoyed. So it should end up being a good place for me, especially if I manage to get a place in a publishing company then contacts here I come!
I think a lot of pressure is put on graduates nowadays to find a job from basically day one after they finish their degrees. It’s forgotten that that was basically the best case scenario, now it’s seen as the standard.
Most of my friends who have finished their degrees have only managed to get a job in their field of choice at least a year after being handed that piece of paper in the big gown that no one ever looks good in.
So maybe I shouldn’t feel guilty about spending more time focusing on my writing right now. I mean, I’ll still apply for things as I go, but this is the time to really risk it and get yourself out there. If not now then when?
So off I go into the ether that is the ‘real world’. Wish me luck.