Life after University: What the F**k Do We Do Now?

My realization that Uni is actually coming to an end in just under a year’s time has recently hit me. Maybe it’s because I’m overreacting and actually need to just enjoy the fact that I’ve got a WHOLE year before the big, wide world swallows me up or whatever bullshit people say. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been having my first experience of office life and it’s made me realise that this could be what I’m doing day after day for the rest of my life. Or maybe it’s just that it feels like yesterday that I was moving into the shitty accommodation on the first day of uni. Nostalgia can be scary.

The Theatre of Dreams

The scary thing isn’t a lack of certainty, or an actual fear of the working world. It’s the fact that I might be stuck doing the same thing day after day, week in week out, for the rest of my life. Monotony is possibly the biggest thorn in my side, and I simply can’t deal with it a lot of the time, and so a life filled with monotony is therefore a massive fear of mine. I’m sure we can all relate to at least part of that. 

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” 

Coco Chanel

Now the namesake question. What the fuck do we do now? 

Motivation, in my opinion, is the key to success. Within that is, of course, hard work, talent and all the other buzzwords and phrases that people use, but motivation is the overriding key. If you’re not motivated, you won’t work hard, if you’re not motivated, you won’t exploit your talent et cetera et cetera. So, as a first answer to the question, find what motivates you. 

“It’s easy to dream, but much harder to execute it.” 

Gary Vaynerchuk
Perhaps a good bit of motivation for you all!

Motivation may come in the form of hitting targets, setting objectives or goals and constantly improving. It may come from an absolute enjoyment for some subject or activity. It may come in material form (despite this being a much more volatile and wavering reason to be motivated). It could come from, and pardon the cliché, chasing a dream. It’s likely to be a whole melting pot of those reasons, but finding something that truly motivates you is vital for understanding where you want to go from here with just a little more clarity.

Next is actually giving yourself time to apply this motivation to a passion. Not an employer, but a passion. Finding a job you’re passionate about is the only way you’re going to enjoy your working life. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. The issue with this is that it takes time to actually work out your passion. Over the years I’ve wanted to do many different things that I thought I’d love to do for the rest of my life, but it hasn’t worked out. Tastes change, but if you can find yourself a career that truly fulfills you throughout your life, that’s your passion.

Take a think about it, the world of work is coming more quickly than you expect. Blink and you’ll miss your chance to work these things out, and if you do miss that chance, you’ll regret it. Or just do whatever you want, I don’t care.

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