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    So you've just spent years and years of pain going through your GCSEs, sixth form, and now you have finally achieved your bachelor's, a shiny first class degree from a top university that you worked your arse off for. "The world is my playground" you think to yourself. After all, this is what your teachers and parents have been telling you would happen ever since you were little.


    Guess what?
    You are in for a huge surprise.


    No, your teachers and parents aren't wrong. But they are outdated. They grew up in the days when a degree was a valuable rarity. But these days it's a bit different. Your degree means squat diddly all.

    "But wait..." you say. Surely all those nights awake working against deadlines, those days of putting up with a kitchen that would send any health and safety officer into cardiac arrest, and all that money, yes, all those tens of thousands of pounds you have just realised you owe, were worth something?

    Perhaps. But when you have half a million to a million other graduates competing for the jobs you are going for, maybe you can see where the problem begins. Oh, and that's before we include the quarter of a million Master's degree and doctorate graduates who will be snatching up all the good jobs before you ever get a chance at them.

    Let me repeat that. A quarter of a million jobs will be gone before you even have a chance.

    Welcome to the real world.


    So you apply for the leftover jobs. Perfect. I mean, the job asks for someone with a degree, and that's exactly what you have. A shiny first class degree from a top university.

    Yeah, bit of a problem. Every other person, all 200 of them, who has also applied to this position holds a degree too. Suddenly your outlook appears pretty bleak.

    But you are well-prepared. You breeze through the first stage of interviews, demonstrating expertise for your field, a deep understanding of the company, and capturing the hearts of your interviewers with your charming smile. Rock on dude.


    A month later and you are back at the company, one of the last five candidates, here for the final interviews. You sit in a room with the other candidates as you each wait your turn. You talk with the others, and after an awkward ice breaker of moaning about the British weather, you soon learn that none of the other candidates even come close to you. They are all 2.1's and below, and for the most part you have never even heard of the universities they went to. They certainly aren't unis anywhere in the top 50. You wonder why these people haven't gone into teaching already or tried to have lots of kids so they can get a plethora of benefits money.

    The interviewers come for you, interrupting your train of thought before it offends even more people.

    Thirty minutes later you walk out grinning from ear to ear. The interview went swimmingly, as expected. Nothing can go wrong now.


    A week later you get an email. "We are sorry to inform you that you have been unsuccessful in this position. Reason: Lack of work experience."


    Oh no. You've spent your entire degree studying and working in the union at night for food money. You picked a top uni over a lower one that offered a placement year and now you are feeling the full effects of that.

    Sure, you have the knowledge for the job, and you can solve any problem offered to you, and you work hard, oh, and you have a shiny first class degree from a top university, but your employer doesn't particularly care about those so much as how well you work in a company, with other people, and in a new and developing field that utilises only 5% of everything you learned in your degree.

    Welcome to the real world.


    The news gets even worse. Every year there are 2-4 times as many graduates as there are new jobs on the grad market. Even the menial non-grad jobs that are usually taken by college dropouts are full of graduates. But maybe you can take a Master's degree? Erm, you have no money for that and so need a job first. Hmm, maybe a PhD then? Oh wait, you need a Master's for that. "Well... ****" you sigh.


    "Hello, real world."
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    if all else fails i'm gonna go live in the wilderness with my guinea pigs
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    Lol who really believe the whole "the world is your playground" thing anymore? I'm a second year at a decent uni (top 30/20 depending on where you look) and I know there's a fair chance I won't get a job for a while. All I can do is hope I eventually get one.
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    I got a job from my first (and only) interview.
    I'm a software developer on a nice salary.
    No idea what you're talking about OP
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    (Original post by CoolCavy)
    if all else fails i'm gonna go live in the wilderness with my guinea pigs
    I doubt your guinea pigs will have your best interest at heart, they may abandon you.
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    (Original post by Ya Dunno)
    I doubt your guinea pigs will have your best interest at heart, they may abandon you.
    lol we already covered this
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    (Original post by CoolCavy)
    if all else fails i'm gonna go live in the wilderness with my guinea pigs
    That was so cute!
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    (Original post by CoolCavy)
    lol we already covered this
    You keep telling yourself that, but one day you will be an adult, no longer this innocent teenage girl doing Art and Design, and the world will come knocking at your door, and all of a sudden you will have to grow out of guinea pigs and start facing the trials and tribulations that is life!!
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    (Original post by Ya Dunno)
    You keep telling yourself that, but one day you will be an adult, no longer this innocent teenage girl doing Art and Design, and the world will come knocking at your door, and all of a sudden you will have to grow out of guinea pigs and start facing the trials and tribulations that is life!!
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    Wot?
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    (Original post by Ya Dunno)
    You keep telling yourself that, but one day you will be an adult, no longer this innocent teenage girl doing Art and Design, and the world will come knocking at your door, and all of a sudden you will have to grow out of guinea pigs and start facing the trials and tribulations that is life!!
    :cookie: well...
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    (Original post by Keyhofi)
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    OP is salty because he didnt plan for a career while he was an undergrad.
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    (Original post by TheonlyMrsHolmes)
    That was so cute!
    thanks lol
    night buddy :grouphugs::hugs:
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    (Original post by Ya Dunno)
    You keep telling yourself that, but one day you will be an adult, no longer this innocent teenage girl doing Art and Design, and the world will come knocking at your door, and all of a sudden you will have to grow out of guinea pigs and start facing the trials and tribulations that is life!!
    LOOOOOOOOOL :rofl: my G went in with the harsh realities of life XDDDDDD fam it's not that deep cuz, give that guinea ting a break lololo
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    (Original post by Ya Dunno)
    Wot?
    I think you have underestimated the struggles of teenage life...:erm:
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    (Original post by Keyhofi)
    So you've just spent years and years of pain going through your GCSEs, sixth form, and now you have finally achieved your bachelor's, a shiny first class degree from a top university that you worked your arse off for. "The world is my playground" you think to yourself. After all, this is what your teachers and parents have been telling you would happen ever since you were little.


    Guess what?
    You are in for a huge surprise.


    No, your teachers and parents aren't wrong. But they are outdated. They grew up in the days when a degree was a valuable rarity. But these days it's a bit different. Your degree means squat diddly all.

    "But wait..." you say. Surely all those nights awake working against deadlines, those days of putting up with a kitchen that would send any health and safety officer into cardiac arrest, and all that money, yes, all those tens of thousands of pounds you have just realised you owe, were worth something?

    Perhaps. But when you have half a million to a million other graduates competing for the jobs you are going for, maybe you can see where the problem begins. Oh, and that's before we include the quarter of a million Master's degree and doctorate graduates who will be snatching up all the good jobs before you ever get a chance at them.

    Let me repeat that. A quarter of a million jobs will be gone before you even have a chance.

    Welcome to the real world.


    So you apply for the leftover jobs. Perfect. I mean, the job asks for someone with a degree, and that's exactly what you have. A shiny first class degree from a top university.

    Yeah, bit of a problem. Every other person, all 200 of them, who has also applied to this position holds a degree too. Suddenly your outlook appears pretty bleak.

    But you are well-prepared. You breeze through the first stage of interviews, demonstrating expertise for your field, a deep understanding of the company, and capturing the hearts of your interviewers with your charming smile. Rock on dude.


    A month later and you are back at the company, one of the last five candidates, here for the final interviews. You sit in a room with the other candidates as you each wait your turn. You talk with the others, and after an awkward ice breaker of moaning about the British weather, you soon learn that none of the other candidates even come close to you. They are all 2.1's and below, and for the most part you have never even heard of the universities they went to. They certainly aren't unis anywhere in the top 50. You wonder why these people haven't gone into teaching already or tried to have lots of kids so they can get a plethora of benefits money.

    The interviewers come for you, interrupting your train of thought before it offends even more people.

    Thirty minutes later you walk out grinning from ear to ear. The interview went swimmingly, as expected. Nothing can go wrong now.


    A week later you get an email. "We are sorry to inform you that you have been unsuccessful in this position. Reason: Lack of work experience."


    Oh no. You've spent your entire degree studying and working in the union at night for food money. You picked a top uni over a lower one that offered a placement year and now you are feeling the full effects of that.

    Sure, you have the knowledge for the job, and you can solve any problem offered to you, and you work hard, oh, and you have a shiny first class degree from a top university, but your employer doesn't particularly care about those so much as how well you work in a company, with other people, and in a new and developing field that utilises only 5% of everything you learned in your degree.

    Welcome to the real world.


    The news gets even worse. Every year there are 2-4 times as many graduates as there are new jobs on the grad market. Even the menial non-grad jobs that are usually taken by college dropouts are full of graduates. But maybe you can take a Master's degree? Erm, you have no money for that and so need a job first. Hmm, maybe a PhD then? Oh wait, you need a Master's for that. "Well... ****" you sigh.


    "Hello, real world."
    Is this degree in Underwater Basket Weaving by any chance?
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    If you were born rich none of this applies to you.

    Welcome child. The world is your oyster.
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    (Original post by CoolCavy)
    thanks lol
    night buddy :grouphugs::hugs:
    :hugs:

    We can ignore Ya Dunno because we all know he is just pretending to be a 'realist' when in reality he probably dreams about Guinea pigs too
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    In a lot of degrees at top universities, 90% of students go into work or further study.A lot of them were aware of the competition for jobs and decided to do something about it, such as doing internships, going to networking events, doing extra curricular activities to boost skills and so on. I would say that most university students are not like the type you are talking about- unaware of the real world of work. Most students do care about getting a job and most do get a good job after finishing their degree.
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    (Original post by Ya Dunno)
    You keep telling yourself that, but one day you will be an adult, no longer this innocent teenage girl doing Art and Design, and the world will come knocking at your door, and all of a sudden you will have to grow out of guinea pigs and start facing the trials and tribulations that is life!!
    also can i just point out that :
    a) i am doing 3 other a levels other than art and design
    b) what is wrong with art and design? everything in the aesthetical world which people hold so dear has been designed. It is actually one of the biggest markets in the consumer world.
    c) you don't know my life at all so kindly don't tell me to 'grow out' of guinea pigs, they are my hobby
    d) innocence isn't defined by lack of knowledge about s***** things
 
 
 
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