I didn't get a 'career' job after uni, and that's okay
I came so close to titling this 'I didn't get a proper job after uni, and that's okay', but I had to hold right up before I full on raged at myself. So let's get this out here in this post anyway: any kind of job is a real job or a proper job, okay? Just because someone doesn't work 9-5 or earns the minimum wage, doesn't make their job less valid than yours.
My first job when I left uni was at Wetherspoons. I hadn't even worked there as a student, it was genuinely my first job I got as a degree holder. And I loved it. Yes, there were a lot of times when it really sucked. I mean, finishing at three am to walk home in the dark and wake up for a morning shift in a matter of hours isn't exactly the dream. But, I wasn't entirely sure what I really wanted to do with my future anymore, and this gave me that time to stay in the student mindset.
A few months later, I was ready to move on, but again, I didn't go for a job that I could see myself having a career in. And then I did it all over again. My first job that took me above minimum wage and into a career that I genuinely want to make my way ahead in was the one I got at the end of August this year; just over two years on from graduation.
But I needed that time. My final year was one of the worst years of my life (and it had a lot of competition to nab one of the higher spots). I needed a break, and going straight into a full time highly pressured office job would not have been the right choice. I would have messed up it and absolutely regretted it.
It's also really fucking hard to transition from being a student to being a fully fledged adult, and it's okay to take some time to work out what you really want from life. And that's what I did. Whilst I was working in a variety of minimum wage jobs I got some experience on the side. I carried on writing on here, I did some freelance work for a journal. But I also reached a point where I realised that, degree or no degree, I really enjoyed waitressing, and if it came to it, I'd be happy to stick at it for the foreseeable future.
There was so much pressure put on me over the two years because I was 'letting myself down'. The amount of guilt I felt for going from an overachiever to an underachiever wasn't coming from disappointing myself by not going for those high paying jobs, but from other people. Yes, it sucked to meet up with my uni friends, and get asked the dreaded 'so what are you doing now?' question, and having to hear about their most recent promotion/pay rise. But would it have been worth putting my mental health in jeopardy and switching jobs just to save face? Hell no.
It's so important to remember that everyone is different, and that people react to the end of their educational years in different ways. Don't be the prick that makes someone feel bad because they're not coping with it in the way you expected. Do what's best for you, and remember that having a degree doesn't mean you have to step out of university and instantly get into a job that requires you to use it.