Now what? Graduate Anxiety
The fact that I have finished my last ever exams as an undergraduate student, still has not sunk in fully and I’m sure a lot of final years have experienced similar feelings of worry about the future ahead. I consider myself as a person who is very much driven with schedules and preemptive planning and nothing is more unsettling than this feeling of pure uncertainty.
For us international students especially, time is another variable in the job search battle field, especially since finding companies that sponsor Tier 2 Visas can be quite challenging. I have found final year to be not only the most academically taxing, thanks to the demands of dissertations and the pressure to ensure that your grades are on track. However, it has also proved to be one of the most emotionally challenging of the three years as well. I recall consistently sending out applications during term 1, only to be met with rejection email after rejection email or sometimes no response at all. This can be very disheartening and you can’t help but feel a sudden wave of immense self doubt.
In order to help myself cope with such anxiety I have begun to change my mentality by telling myself that I will end up with the right job for ME and stopped comparing myself with other peers or classmates who are settled with graduate positions or are pursuing their masters. Sometimes even confiding in counsellors whether they are career specialised or not, peers, family members or anyone you feel can help you to talk through your anxiety and relieve any pent up thoughts. Another method that has been helping me through this process is by reading inspirational books such as, Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible, One Rejection at a Time, by Jia Jiang.
It is important to remember that a lot of people may be in the same position and to not compare yourself with others because you are your own person and the job that is most suited for your skills and interest will come in due time. For now, keep your head up and keeping moving forward with a positive attitude and perseverance.