Dear Graduate

Dear graduate,

The future seems much closer than it did four years ago.

As soon as the pen was put down, your course mates already had their entire lives figured. You, on the other hand, felt like life was coming at you a little too fast. Before you know it, November turned to April and you were walking the stage with a huge smile, degree in hand and no plan.

Why won’t anyone take me?

There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re not a failure. The job market is small and competitive- a great job is hard to come by. On the bright side, you’re free of the distraction of school so finding a job is top of the list. Don’t worry about how much time has passed or how all your friends are surfing the employment wave. Your time will come and when it does- you’ll feel great about the job you have. 

Taking some time to focus on yourself can allow you to get a better perspective of what you want to do with your life.  You’d be surprised that your passion could be something you didn’t study.

Keep in touch

Keep in touch with everyone you've met

As annoying as some of your course-mates were, some of them were pretty great. One thing you should always remember – connections, connections, connections. Keep those contacts you made in school because you’d be surprised where it takes you. Secondly, don’t be afraid to pass your CV around- though a WhatsApp group if need be. 

Open a LinkdIn account on. This won’t guarantee you a job but it’s a great way to build your network.

Your parents cut you off?

Living with your parents after graduation is a great money-saver

You’re unemployed and a graduate so your account balance will be a little light. You can try moving back home to cut back on living expenses. This move will save you A LOT. If you’re lucky, your parents might not charge you rent and you could really use their support and encouragement. In the case that your parents aren’t that nice, just remember how much you’re saving up and enjoy the free food.

Got student loans you need to start paying off ASAP? Don’t panic. Try talking to your parents or the school to come up with a plan that’ll allow you to pay them off.

First job is not a career

When you finally do get your first job, it’s a great feeling. However, as thankful as you are about this-you need to focus your career aspirations around it. This job is an opportunity for you to grow and you are allowed to outgrow it. If the industry you’re in doesn’t work for you, leave. You’re not doing anyone, including yourself, any favours by staying in something you have no passion for. The experience will allow for you to know what you don’t like and, if you’re lucky, figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life.

Working for free is a thing?

In the event that you get an opportunity to do an unpaid internship- take it. It’s a great chance to learn and you’ll get great experience. So if you can’t find a paying job, try this option.

You can also get into volunteering. Helping others can grant you a different perspective on life- which is likely what you need.

Back to school anyone?

Going back to school is always an option

If school was a once off thing for you, great. On the other hand, if you’re looking to build up your qualifications going back to school can be a great move. Added qualifications can make your job search easier. Nonetheless, do not jump back into school simply because you’re frustrated.

You can learn outside the classroom

Learning doesn’t stop once you’ve walked out the classroom. In the case that you get tired of watching Gossip Girl reruns and spending hours on Careers24 or learn something new. 

Use your free time to learn about an industry that’s always interested you. If you’re an accounting graduate who’s always had a love for food, follow a few food blogs or start one of your own. You don’t need to have studied something for the past four years to learn about it. If writing interests you, pick up a pen. If design is your thing, get Adobe Masterclass and get photo shopping. This is your time to figure out what you like and acquire new skills- have fun!


When you do find your passion, don’t be afraid to share it with the world. You’d be surprised how far it takes you. In the case that you don’t, just type about anything that’s on your mind. It’s a great way to vent and you’d be surprised how many people share your view. However, try to be conscious of what you type because the Internet is not forgiving.

You will find a job, better yet you will find your passion and not a lot of people can say that. So- be happy, stay positive and enjoy your free time as much as you can.

By Pierrette Mulumba

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