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It’s obvious that everything you learn through education doesn’t prepare you for the real world. I knew I enjoyed English and loved writing but the thought of being a teacher (which is a route a lot of people choose) wasn’t for me. The next route was marketing which distracted me with stats, analytics, and lack of content writing. Realising that I’d just spent £27k at university doing a creative writing course that has led me to being unemployed, in debt, and with no clear direction of where my life is headed has me feeling lost so I’d like to share some life hacks that schools should really introduce:
- It’s all well and good continuing in further education but unless you have a clear end goal this might not be the way forward for you. Your time might be better spent working and trying to find a path that you’d like to pursue or doing an internship/apprenticeship.
- Everyone’s got to eat! You will have to work some jobs that you might not necessarily enjoy but that will pay the bills. There will come a time where financial responsibilities will overcome any dreams the key is to keep working towards them by balancing your priorities.
- Make the most of your student loan. Get a part time job alongside university so you can save some as you’ll learn soon enough that free money doesn’t come along every day!
- Work experience is key; organisations expect you at the age of 21/22/23 to have two to three years’ work experience (even though you’ve been in education). If you’re lucky enough to know what you want to do/be, start any form of work experience as young as possible and build up that portfolio!
- Life skills; the amount of grown men and women that I met at university who couldn’t cook and clean was a shock to the system. Those "chores" may seem a pain or it might be nicer for your mother to cook everyday whilst you watch TV but learn! There’s nothing more embarrassing than an 18-year-old with the life skills of an 8-year-old.
- Travel. Introducing yourself to different cultures, cuisines, and ways of love will prep you to be able to work with people from different walks of life. If you’re strapped for cash and travelling is out of the budget, try something new where you get to interact with other people such as a sports team, exercise class, or an arts and crafts class.
- Save! You should always have some form of savings that you can fall back onto (regardless of your age) that will help you out of trying times. Set yourself realistic financial goals and ensure that even though you’re saving, you put some money aside for a treat here and there.
- Don’t be afraid to be selfish! I think everyone’s aim in life is to be happy and it’s a luxury that we all take for granted. Such a cliché but life really is short and no one knows how long they’ll be around for,h so eliminate that thing (or person) and ensure that you put yourself first.
- Keep a journal. There are times that you’ll document happy events that you can use to get through dark times and vice versa. Keeping a journal and documenting your thoughts can not only be therapeutic but a great memento for those around you (should you wish to share your thoughts).
- Easily said but not done by some; enjoy your young years! I would pay to relive life when bills, responsibilities, and employment were a thing of the past.