What They Didn't Tell You About Post Grad

What’s up, you beautiful audience? I know so many of you are currently in college or have already graduated. So I wanted to dive a bit into the college topic again! I used to write about college all of the time and it was big theme on my blog. I started this little ol’ blog of mine right before my freshman year of college, so a lot of you have seen me write about those four years at school. While making the transition into adult life, there are quite a few things I’ve learned, so I want this to be a “big sister” kind of post. Granted, I actually am an older sister, but I’m here to answer all your undying questions about post grad (because let’s be real, school doesn’t prepare you for life after being sheltered at your university).

Job Searching

I’m going to start off strong with something I don’t believe my school prepared me well quite enough for. My degree was in Graphic Design, and I definitely feel prepared and equipped when it comes to using tools like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom. However, when it came to discussing how to find a GOOD job, I believe my classes fell a bit short. We were introduced to tools of HOW to find a job, but weren’t warned about just how tiresome and frustrating it could be. While chatting with some of my old classmates or even friends who are a couple years older than me, I realized most people have had difficulty when it came to finding a job. I got very lucky when I landed a position a couple months out of college, however it was definitely a learning experience for me to say the least.

Especially when it comes to a creative career where there is so much competition and the industry is becoming overly saturated, job searching can become a chore. Some of the best advice I’ve been given is that job searching is a numbers game. The more you search, the faster you’re going to land something. This might sound simple or obvious, but when I’m in the process of finding a new position I try to set a daily or weekly goal for myself of how many jobs I should be applying to. Some of the best sites to use for job searching are: Indeed, Glassdoor, and most importantly LinkedIn! Out of the three, I’ve had most success with LinkedIn job postings. I normally find companies with job openings on LinkedIn, then find the actual business email linked to that company and email them personally with my resume and cover letter. As I’ve learned from experience, usually doing any sort of “quick apply” through LinkedIn or Indeed doesn’t yield many results or interviews.

If you guys would like me to make a blog post specifically dedicated to job searching (since I’m currently in the thick of it right now) please comment below, because I could go on and on! What I want you to realize is this: post grad will not be easy when it comes to the job front. You will get frustrated, annoyed, let down, and have a million other emotions. However, it is just a matter of time until you find something. Do not give up and apply to everything even if you don’t think you’re qualified for it. 200+ applicants to a job? Apply anyway. 5+ years experience needed? Submit an application! Nobody said it was easy, but it’s also not impossible.

Adult Friendships

When you’re in college and living in dorms for four years, your friends are constantly all around you! If you want to talk to your best friend, they are right around the corner or even right across from you in the same room. It’s a bit jarring after you graduate and don’t have that kind of accessibility to your friends anymore. In my case, a lot of my closest friends moved to different states or to Northern California, so I don’t see them in person at all anymore.

Once you’re out of college and living that adult life, you have to make a conscious effort to keep up with your friends. Everyone develops busy lives with work, further schooling, apartment hunting, and more. It’s important to check up on that friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Schedule a FaceTime date, or if they live in the same area as you, schedule a lunch date once this virus situation has subsided. Another important tip I’d like to mention is: KEEP YOUR SCHEDULED HANGOUTS. If you’ve graduated, you know how rare it is when you can see certain friends. Keep your commitments, because you don’t know when you’ll get that opportunity again.

Apartment Hunting

One of the most impactful things you’ll do post grad is get your first apartment as a working professional. Sure, you probably had an apartment at one point or another while you were at school, but there’s something about finding your first place on your own that’s different. I prepared myself that finding an apartment (and a roommate) was going to take some time. I’d say it took about 3-4 months to find the right location at my price point. Granted, living in Southern California it’s hard to find something on the cheaper end so you have to be a bit flexible. After lots of research online on Zillow, Apartments.com, and simply Googling complexes in my desired area I finally found a place I was super interested in! I ended up touring quite a few different complexes but ultimately the one I’m living in now was my absolute favorite, had all the amenities I wanted, and had updated/new appliances.

If there’s a couple tips I can give you about apartment hunting, it’s to be patient and don’t settle for something you don’t love. After years in dorms and an apartment I wasn’t thrilled with in college, I learned that it’s okay to be picky and the apartment you choose is going to be where you spend a lot of your time. Don’t feel nervous about having a list of things you’re looking for, because more likely than not, there’s a place that matches your specifications or comes extremely close to it! 

I hope you all enjoyed this little post about adulting. Are there any major topics I missed about post grad life? Let me know in the comments! Have a great rest of your week, loves! xx



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  1. July 10, 2020 / 10:30 am

    I think the other thing that both secondary school and university did not prepare me for was the possibility of not going into university or into a job. That it is okay to take some time out after being in that stressful environment for a number of years and I think that should be more widely discussed. School and university can take a massive toll on your mental health and it should be encouraged to take time for yourself after coming out of that stressful environment before putting yourself into another potentially stressful environment. Lovely post Sage, thank you for sharing. xx

    • sagepetersen
      July 10, 2020 / 1:34 pm

      I definitely agree that a lot of people prefer to take a gap year after high school. And I do think it’s important to do that if it will support your mental health. In my case I preferred to go right into my college years and I’m happy to have my degree. However every person is unique and learns differently and I definitely know people who took that time to travel or take internships instead🤗

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