Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. This week we’ll explore a very sensitive topic to most graduates which is around Post Uni Depression. This is something that, upon reflection, I personally went through and really affected me after graduation. Looking back, there were 3 main reasons why I felt like this which coincidentally, is shared by many graduates that contact us. This is something that we believe affects many graduates, however is very rarely spoken about. We hope that this will help many graduates understand that they are not alone and this is actually very common.
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Ok, so everyone who has finished university has felt the feeling of the Uni bubble finally bursting. Yes that’s right no more loan coming in every term and you’ve probably moved back to your hometown to live with your parents again. This, for many can be very disheartening as you suddenly feel as if you’re 18 again. You also appear to lose that precious independence that you’ve been building for years as you settle back into your parents rules once more. This is quite common for many graduates as the safety blanket of being a student is suddenly ripped from underneath which can spark a period of low mood as you wade through the temporary uncertainty.
PsychAssist Tip: Half the battle is knowing that this will happen! That way you can prepare for this by potentially lining up a job (whatever that may be) once you return to “normal” life. This can help to steady the nerves whilst you figure out how to climb this frightening job ladder (and give you some extra income)
“we found ourselves in this state of self-pity as we wandered from post to post”
Not Knowing What You’re Doing
This is another common reason why some students can feel very low after graduation. Simply put, you have no idea what you’re doing with your life and this can really have an effect on your mood. This was one of the reasons why we started PsychAssist as we found ourselves in this state of self-pity as we wandered from post to post. This can be a horrible place to be which, for many, is exasperated by older family friends asking “So have you got a job yet?” This is a theme that we see on a daily basis from graduates sending us messages around their occupational future and we’re pleased to be in a position to offer such support.
PsychAssist Tip: Try not to stress about this too much as everyone finds their way eventually. The funny thing about life is that it’s a journey and no one knows where their destination will be. The key is to enjoy the journey and things will fall into place. And if none of that seems to be working, you can always send us a DM.
“if I can do it, YOU DEFINITELY CAN!!!”
Ok, so the last possible reason for Post Uni Depression could be the competitiveness for job roles these days. This can be especially difficult for new graduates as their appears to be a underlying competition going on for who can secure a job the quickest. We know this, as it was the case when we were graduating as there was always that one (snooty) person in lectures that would brag about the job they’ve secured after graduation (meanwhile I’m sat there with no idea what day it is!). This can ultimately add to your low mood as (if you’re anything like I was) you’ll probably feel like you’re falling behind your peers! Just know this is completely normal and you will find something that suits you.
PsychAssist Tip: If you were to tell people from my old cohort how far I’ve come since undergrad they would never believe you! That’s how little I knew when I was at the starting line however I was able to slowly build my experiences which is exactly what will happen to you! Believe me when I say that if I can do it, YOU DEFINITELY CAN!!!
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