Recent economic conditions have shaped this generation, making us adaptable, resilient and creative. Basically our generation is SH*T HOT at what we do, in fact we have extremely versatile skills. BUT that doesn’t mean that we can escape the *brick in the face* like reality that comes with the transition from student ‘chill’ life to adult *i’m going to have a mental breakdown* work life. I am not going to beat around the bush here. Real adult life, its hard but its kinda cool too!


So you’re in your first job and you think the Devil Wears Prada office politics was just an extreme example of fashion for entertainment. It wasn’t, it isn’t and there certainly isn’t Gucci and Prada everywhere to make you feel better about your horror of a boss. Hours are long, your going to be tired like, all the time. Your commute will suck and you will eat more than you ever thought possible. THE GOOD NEWS: Your starting at the bottom. YOU’RE AT THE BOTTOM. So guess what? When your at the bottom the only way is up. Keep your head down and keep going.

MONEY. (Clue you won’t have any)

Your going to be broke, yep. That’s right, you thought you were a broke as a student? JOKES ON YOU. At least there was a regular income coming in from student finance, now its all on you. Unless you’re lucky enough to get help from your parents, which unfortunately I wasn’t – chances are your going to be struggling with money – which will in turn cause more stress about getting a job – and so the cycle starts *sigh*. Good news? It’s time to shape your on future and your finances, plus when the money does start coming in its all you! Congrats!


The “SO WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET A REAL JOB?” questions start pretty much straight away. Grandmas, moms, dads, that great uncle you haven’t seen since you were 12, yep him too. Pressures on, and its on big time. The good news? We’ve all been there, no one escapes this and the bad news? It never really ends, once you’ve got the graduate job they’ve been going on at you to get for years, now its “when are you moving out/getting married/ having children”. Family eh? Who needs um…


You probably will get a lot of job rejections, we all did. Believe me, it probably will happen. You can’t escape rejection, just like failure, unless you literally live under a rock for the rest of your life.  I actually think this should be a good thing for you to realise and the quicker you realise it the better. Even the most talented and incredible people have been rejected, multiple times. And so will you. But do not let that knock you, I promise you keep going, work hard, master your skillset and you will get there.



You might get your dream job only to realise it’s not your dream at all. In fact, its horrendous. Surprise! Not everything about that job you idolised all through University is as it seemed. Not all that glitters is gold is the truest statement here. This will feel like a huge disappointment, but you’ll get over it. You may even want to change your career altogether. It’s fine, relax you are in your twenties now is the best time to start a fresh.

What have you found to be a brutal reality now you have graduated?


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  1. July 11, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    So very true lovely! It’s so hard to get your foot onto the career ladder and to find a job you enjoy. It takes time but like you say we start at the bottom and it’s only upwards x


  2. July 12, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    A lot of it is so true. We all have dreams but sometimes you just have to be realistic and this type of post is helpful to people at uni.

  3. July 12, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    This is so true! I love this post!! I wrote something a little similar on how I don’t think uni is what it’s cracked up to be xx

  4. August 11, 2017 / 4:08 am

    This is spot on! I just graduated in May, and I couldn’t agree more! I’ve already experienced so much of this and it’s only been three months. Thanks for the post, it’s nice to know these experiences are normal.

  5. Alice
    March 13, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Hi Hayley!

    I’m a journalist at the BBC and would love to talk to you about this article!
    Can you drop me an e-mail so we can discuss more – alice.scott@bbc.co.uk

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