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7 Tips For Surviving Real Life After Graduating From University

Extend your student discount that little bit longer. Youth Discount offers discount for under 26 year olds, so you can still reap in those discounts!

Write a five-year life plan. Having a five-year plan can really help you focus on your goals and where you want to end up. Don’t be afraid to write down everything you want to achieve. A big, seemingly unreachable goal can actually be managed in smaller, easier steps.

Keep your student account. Kind of. Banks will let you swap your student account for a graduate account, so you don’t have to worry about being charged interest on your overdraft. You can also apply for a graduate loan to tide you over!

You can still use the student library and computer. If you have a passion for fondling library books and working in the quiet zone, some universities will let you use your library as an alumni.

Accept that there’s no shame in moving home to live with your parents. Most adults do it at some point and it’s a great way to save on living costs if you’re planning on taking up an internship.

Make sure you have a routine. If you haven’t left university with a job to go to, it can be easy to become a slave to daytime television and sleeping in. Having a routine will keep you organised and focused.

Use the graduate resources available to you. There are lots of companies actively looking for graduates just like you. Graduate fairs, free leadership conferences and company insight days are great ways to get one step closer to your dream job.

This article was brought to you by the Future Leaders Conference – the free leadership conference and job fair which gives diverse students the chance to attend workshops and panels for free, while mingling with employers like Heathrow, Nickelodeon, TSB, MTV and Bank of England and getting one-on-one CV advice from actual company recruiters. You can even apply for a travel bursary!