Graduate Life & Internships: My Top Tips

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Something a *little* scary dawned on me today.

I have been graduated for as long as I was actually at university. Say WHAAAT.

For three whole years I have been fakin’ it till I make it as a functioning adult in the world (defo haven’t quite made it just yet).

Being a freshly graduated lass is pretty scary, nat gonna lie. After throwing that mortarboard up into the air, feelin’ like an academic sass queen with all your pals and consuming 12398 jaeger bombs to celebrate surviving the past 16 years of education, you feel well…. A tad lost.

Ya see, up until this point everything has been pretty much set out in for you.

School, college, university. All neatly timetabled, following a some sort of curriculum and a load of support in place to help you achieve your goals. The moment you receive your certificate, it’s down to you gal. The ball is in your court, and ya gotta make it werk.

Graduate life and Internships Top Tips

Graduate life and Internships Top Tips

I remember packing up my room and moving out of the gaff I shared with five of my best pals, arriving back at my Mumma’s house and feeling SO bladdy odd.

Feeling like the past three years of independence, adventures and Glen’s vodka was merely a dream, and I had woken up right back at square one.

Obvs you are gonna have aaaall the confusing feels when a huge chapter of your life comes to an end. But it ain’t all bad. You have some crazy adventures ahead of you, ya just gotta embrace each opportunity that comes your way. Keep reminding yourself that can achieve absolutely anything if you put the graft in.

Although I am still trying to figure it all out, I have learnt a few tings over the past three years when it comes to tings like internships and life as a graduate.

SO here ya have it…

1.

KEEP SMILING

Graduate life and Internships Top Tips

I remember my first ever internship after university.

It started the day after I handed in my dissertation and I was buzzin’. Ready to jump headfirst into the industry after being cooped up for months on end with nothin’ but chocolate buttons, a Disney megamix and a thesaurus to keep me company. To keep things short, it didn’t turn out so great.

I was a ‘lil flustered and I had a lot to learn. But y’know, that is what internships are aaall about. Fast paced companies don’t always embrace this, and they let me down. It massively knocked my confidence just as I stepped into the world of work with kiiiinda sucked. BUT I kept smiling, working mi socks off, and actually, although it proved to me that it ain’t always an easy ride, it most def gave me even more motivation to work harder.

2.

STAY SOCIAL

Social in terms of social media AND social in terms of seeing other humans and getting that booty out the gaff and in a cocktail bar or summin’.

During uni, most of my snaps on Instagram were grainy snippets of nights out, Tweets about how many hours I had amounted in the library, ya get the gist. Buuuut platforms like Twitter and Instagram can be RIGHT babes when it comes to getting yourself out there.

It makes it super easy to connect with folks in your industry, widening your circle and landing you a load of kewl opportunities. Social media is key for the creative industries, so don’t be afraid to reach out to people and maybs arrange a cheeky coffee to soak up some wisdom.

Also, stay social in an actual IRL kinda way too. Despite the sudden lack of student loan instalments *weeps*, keep seeing your home gals, be a yes person and explore. It can be V tempting to stay in with ya rents with cheese boards, wine and a cheeky bath with yo’ mummas snazzy Jo Malone bath oil (bliss) BUT it is important to strike a balance.

3.

PREPARATION CREATES OPPORTUNITIES

Graduate life and Internships Top Tips

Graduate life and Internships Top Tips

This lil phrase has stuck with me for so long now. And it is so bladdy true. Keeping yourself prepped is SO key. When you feel on top of your sh*t, ya feel very much like a functioning gal boss and things slip into place very quickly. I need a bit of organisation in my life and I definitely need to look after my things.

I used to be a handbag gal (+ two canvas bags carrying all my other ‘necessities’.) However, my scoliosis has different ideas and I had to get myself a backpack. I can’t tell ya the joy of being handsfree and still having all your bits and bobs to hand, the simple things ey? Radley treated me to this beaut backpack which snuggly fits in my laptop and errythannng. Sweet as a nut.

4.

NO RUSH

It seems like a helluva lotta pressure when you first graduate. Moving home, CV writing, job hunting and all that lark. All very dreamy (naaat). I took a lil step back from the madness when I first graduated, had a f*ck it moment and applied to be an Elf at Harrods.

It was hands down probably one of the best jobs gal has ever had. So many lols with new chums and some time to get my thoughts together after the uni madness. There isn’t any rush to get straight into the grind, fancy an adventure? Go for it. Wanna be an Elf? Go for it. There is no right path, you gotta do what makes you truly happy and don’t settle for any less.

5.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS

Graduate life and Internships Top Tips

It is OK to ask questions.

People bladdly LOVE it when they are asked questions. They love that you are coming to them for wisdom and advice. Of course, you can Google the obvious, but staying inquisitive and curious is an amazing thing.

Initially I was SO nervous to ask questions, I didn’t want to disturb or worried that I sounded silly. When I had interns back in the world of PR, it was so nice when they asked questions and really got involved and into the nitty gritty of it all!

6.

KEEP AN OPEN MIND

Life has so many twists and turns to throw at ya. I used to find this really difficult as I hated any sort of change, but as a 20 sumin gal in London, you gotta get used to it. Having an open mind is so freeing. You never know where small opportunities could take you, and you never know until you try. If I wasn’t encouraged by my friends of fam, I would have missed out on so many amazing chapters of my life!

7.

CARVE YOUR OWN PATH

Graduate life and Internship top tips

This is such an important one to remember. Life is far too short to stay in anything that doesn’t fulfil you or make you happy. If something isn’t going to plan, or you hate getting out of bed in the morning, change it. Make no hesitations and in the wise words of Nike, JUST DO IT. You won’t regret it, I promise.

8.

HAVE PERSPECTIVE

Ugh comparison really is the thief of joy isn’t it? Such a horrid lil gremlin that pops up out of the blue every so often just to, I dunno, rain on your parade or summin.

It is totally natural to compare yourself to others. Especially as these days it is all up in your grill on Instagram etcetc. But try your best and keep perspective. You only ever see a snippet of peoples lives on social media / blogs / vlogs, and that is mostly the highlights.

You do you. Take motivation and inspiration from others but remember that everyone is different, and everyone is tackling their own battles that you know nothing about.

9.

STAY INSPIRED

Graduate life and Internship top tips

Basically, what the whole point of this post is to say don’t give up. Whatever it is you want to do, gurl you gotta give it aaaall you got. Surround yourself with people who inspire you. Go to talks, events and say yes. Create new adventures, try new things and stay focussed. You are SO strong and can handle everything that comes your way, I believe in ya!

I would love to know your words of wisdom, what stage are ya at right now? Anyone else mildy freaked about how long they have been graduated?!

Ix

PS gals over on InstagramTwitterBloglovin and YouTube  if ya fancy a chinwag teehee.

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  • Juliet May

    Such a wise one, Immy ❤️

    • Oooh mumma, you are the wise one :) Lov ya xxx

  • I’ve just graduated and have been soaking up allll the pep talks since, Im in dire need of them! I’ve already been messed around by one company which has knocked my confidence a bit, but after the way they treated me I think I dodged a bullet! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • Ah congrats on the graduation lady! I was exactly the same – just wanted aaaaaaaaaaaall the advice and guidance! Oh no, sorry to hear that chick. It sucks when something like that happens so early in, definitely didn’t need my confidence knocked the way it was a week into graduate life lol! You did, you will find a place that will value and support ya – all these experiences will just make you stronger 👊 Immy x

  • Oh man, I’m going to be 34 by the time I’ve bee out of uni as long as I was there hahaha. End is not in sight yet :p keeping an open mind is sooo important, I’ve always just taken any opportunity that’s come my way and it means I have loads of stuff to chuck on my CV now! xxx
    P.s, let me know when you’re coming to Exeter :) hopefully it won’t be when I go away on hols!
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Oooh mi sweet lady Lucy! So much bladdy respect for you and your studies, it will be worth it in the end :) Exactly! People are always surprised at all my random jobs and experiences lol! Yesyesyessss I will do, and I will let ya know the date :) Immy x

  • Laura Torninoja

    I’ve not been a graduate for a very loooong time but reading this post was still very inspiring. I still feel a bit lost at times, and this was a nice reminder that everyone struggles with these things and nothing really ever has to be “perfect”! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Ah good my love :) I know me too, I feel lost a lot of the time. But I just try and remind myself that everyone has a different path – and the most important thing over everything is to have a good time, and to have a laff. That’s what really matters :) Immy x

  • I love that you were an elf at Harrods haha! I relate to this post so much – i’m two years graduated now and it’s such a confusing time at first, with no structure or really anyone telling you what to do! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Travel

    • lolooool it was SO much fun haha! I am glad we are all still in the same boat, I massively struggled with the lack of structure – I never thought I would miss those 9AM lectures / library sessions! Immy x

  • Oh my god it is amazing that you were an Elf! That sounds so fun! I would have loved to read this when I graduated, it’s been 6 years now (gulp) but for the first two out of uni I was quite literally lost. Having perspective and remembering that there’s no rush is something I definitely could have done with being reminded of! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Teheheheheeee it was the best, I thought that Christmas erry day for two months would get to me but nope, loved every moment of elf life >:) The time whizzes by SO quickly doesn’t it! I felt the same way and still kinda do, but yes – no rush at all. And it is ok to change your mind too! It took me a while to realise that! Immy x

  • I love that you were an elf at Harrods! What a fab job! It’s so true that we only see the highlights of people’s lives on social media. Nobody’s life is perfect and we need to remember that and enjoy what we have rather than comparing to everyone else all the time x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    • Hehe! Best job EVER. I didn’t realise I would love it so much, I think I might have found my calling in life lol >:) You are so right, it has taken me far too long to realise this and to focus on my own life and well being! Immy x

  • Pretty great tips! laughing that you were an Elf – pretty much the coolest

    • Thank you Kay mi dallin :) I know, such a lol – people always chuckle when they see it on my CV! Would 100% do it again! Immy x

  • Hayley Rubery

    Girl I LOVE these tips – couldn’t agree more about creating your own path and to keep smiling, things just seem to fall into place – even when you don’t think they will! P.s HOW bloody beauty to you look in these snaps?!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Thank you Hayley mi gal! Yes it is so important, especially to keep smiling – and to remember that everything is temporary. Ah thank you mi love, my new work spot has the most BEAUT interiors! I felt a *little* bit cheeky taking blog snaps there, but I couldn’t resist! Immy x

  • I think nowadays, internships are extremely important. Loved your tips and the outfit pics! I think it’s crucial to stay organized and to be communicative.

    Have an awesome day!

    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

    • They are so so important, I reckon one of the best ways to land a job too! Thank you Kris :) Definitely, organisation is always the key – although it doesn’t come particularly easy to me! You too chick, hope you have a great week :) Immy x

  • I used to help coordinate an internship company for a large company and keep smiling was one of my biggest tips to interns who were struggling! x

    • Yes you are so right Amanda! Smiling and staying positive makes aaaaaaall the difference, it makes you feel better, and everyone around you! Immy x

  • I’m on my last year at Uni and I’ve done 2 internships so far but I’m gonna apply for more after my graduation and I feel SO under pressure. People expect you to be the most successful person on this planet the day after you graduate -.- but I know I will probably take a 2 months break before the next “step”, whatever this will be. Thank you for this tips, I actually feel a bit more relaxed :)

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

    • Ah that is so good Caterina! It is SO MUCH bloody pressure. It takes time to find your feet and find your groove with things. I reckon a two month break is such an awesome idea, I will I did that straight after I graduated, will be a good time to get your thoughts together and just let you post-dissertation brain relax before the next chapter! Immy x

  • Courtney Hardy

    These are some good tips. I’m still in high school but once I hit college I’ll have these in the back of my mind.
    https://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • Ooh are ya! You know what, I miss high school SO much! Enjoy every moment, you have so many lovely exciting times ahead of you :) Thank you for reading lovely Courtney :) Immy x

  • Ellie Adams

    I have to say, I didn’t go to uni but I clicked on this post because look how beaut your happy smiling face is! Always a ray of sunshine <3

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • Ooooh Ellie you sweet lass :) That comment made my Monday morning! Thank you for stopping by, I hope all is well with you beautiful lady <3 Immy x

  • this is such great advice! i just finished my BA and i’m starting an MA in September and i am so excited!

    Abigail Alice x

    • Ah thank you Abi! Oooh that is super exciting, what are you doing your MA in!? Immy x

  • eleonora mezzo

    This post is really helpful! And even if I’m not graduated yet I think these tips are amazing.
    Ele <3
    http://elewithlove.it/

    • Ah Ele thank you dallin’ :) I think it is good to keeps these little nuggets of advice with you! Enjoy the rest of your uni experience my love! I miss it so much lol :( Immy x

  • Love this post – a post-uni me would’ve loved to read this a few years back!!
    Jessica xx
    http://www.jessicatigerlily.com

  • LOVED LOVED LOVED this post! I am going into second year at uni and the thought of graduating and internships TERRIFIES me!

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie x

    • Thank you so much Ellie! Ooooh that is exciting, I tell ya what – I would LOVE to rewind back to 2nd year, it was so much fun! Enjoy every moment gal :) Immy x

  • Okay this has come at just the right time (as I’m going into my final year at university and the existential crisis is kicking in) thanks Immy!

    http://www.diaryofanexpatgirl.com

    • Aaaah eeep, best of luck with eeeverything Lexi and enjoy every single moment :) Immy x

  • Diana Maria

    This is exactly how I felt when I first graduated! The organized life and community I had was gone, and adjusting seemed impossible. But now I love the independence and plan on doing more school- it’s definitely about the opportunities you make for yourself! You look so beautiful in these photos I love your frilly red top! Thank you for sharing this heartfelt post xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

    • Yes! It is such a weird one isn’t it!? I felt so lost for a while, but it is aaaaaaall about taking risks and opportunities :) Ah thank you Diana, and it is my pleasure chick. Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    This is such a good post! I was in a relatively luck position when I graduated (job lined up and a fiance in tow!) but it was still SO scary. I’m a year into my job now and I STILL know I’m learning the ropes. There’s a lot of pressure for graduates today to be the best very quickly but it does take time.

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Thank you lovely lady! Ooh yes that is perfect haha and SO exciting! I know, it is all about taking your time, there is far too much pressure out there to have it all worked out moments after you graduate! Immy x