Guess what? It's been one year since I graduated from uni and summer is well underway colouring the sky with positive, good-feel vibes. Crazy, isn't it? Since leaving uni, I've embarked on a career in marketing communications which allows me to be creative AND make a difference. I love being financially independent and have so far lived in two different parts of the country which is amazing and scary and eye-opening. So, throughout this first year, just what have I learnt?
Learning on the job is the best form of educationAs corny as it sounds, good grades only go so far. I was well aware of this fact when I first started work and rarely speak about my degree at length in interviews and applications. In the grand scheme of things, there's really only so much you can learn from a textbook and nothing beats real world application. Some of the smartest people I know never attended university.
Treat others as you wish to be treatedCriticism is far easier to swallow when there's a kind voice behind it. Treat people as well as you possibly can.
Everything happens for a reasonEvery rejection is a brick on the road to something better. You're amazing and it might not have worked out anyway be it that job, opportunity or relationship.
Try to be on timeI always feel a certain sense of guilt when I'm late for something. So, I always try to be early. And whenever I'm late, I always try to make up the time. It's just good manners.
Not everyone wants to be your friend...and that's ok
Since leaving uni, I've lived with people who aren't students and who are a lot older than me which is fine...if we got along. But unfortunately not everyone in this world is as accommodating and welcoming as we'd hope. But that's ok because why would you want to be their friend anyway? The only person you can control is yourself. And if someone is causing you unnecessary stress, it might be better to get rid of them from your life.
Whenever I'm feeling a bit down, I try to remember the above which instantly puts me at ease. I can't wait to see where my life is going to take me.