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Graduating without a graduation



Four months ago I wrote a post entitled 'The life of a final year student' where I wrote about my experience of finishing a degree during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.


I have now graduated with a Second Class Honours (First Division) BA (Hons) Journalism degree from Nottingham Trent University.


To say I have got a degree is still so surreal. The end of my university career was meant to be full of celebrations with my friends. When I left university to lockdown at home, neither me or my friends were sure how long we were going to be gone so we never really said goodbye.


Without having the send off we all imagined or a graduation ceremony with our families, coming to terms with the fact I now have a degree is crazy.


Due to their being no defining moment to close the chapter of my University life, I had to keep reminding myself that come September I wasn't going back and it was time to start the next chapter of my life.


And now to get a job...


In August 2020 the UK officially went into a recession. Nearly 750,000 jobs were lost during the Covid-19 pandemic, therefore the job market for an untrained graduate seemed bleak.


However, it is important not to let these statistics cloud your career prospects. Job hunting is all about persistence and determination. If you recognise your worth and what qualities you can bring to a business, employers will be attracted to your confidence.


Like many graduates, I have applied for so many jobs over the course of the last six months and in turn it has been filled with interviews, rejections, no replies etc.


I am now proud to say that I have finally stepped onto my career path and got a job! but it is important to highlight that whatever point you're at in your life, everything happens for a reason so try not to force anything when you don't feel ready.


I found myself getting stressed out because I could see on social media that all of my friends were getting jobs or planning their future and I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Things happen at the right time for you, not at the time it happens for everyone else. Trust in the timings of your life, don't feel pressure to follow other people's.


To have been in the Class of 2020 was a whirlwind of emotions, both positive and negative.


I think everyone should recognise how difficult it was to achieve a degree in the circumstances and those of us that did should be very proud, as it has shown a willingness to work hard and be resilient during these tough times.


For those of you that are reading this post who have been in the same position as me, be proud of yourself. I think it is important to remember that there are so many people going through a really strange time in their lives and they should be encouraged to keep going in whatever path they choose.


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