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    Care to expand? Have you found the office? Your desk? Or do you just not know what to do?
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    Thats how everyone feels. It feels unrealistic, you dont know what direction your going, you feel you've stolen the job, you fee your underqualified or overqualified. its fine. Just go with the flow. Work through the projects and itll become normal. Remember, this is a full time role after many years of university.
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    Tbh, many graduates do not get to your stage. You should be grateful you got this far. But once your CV builds up maybe you will have more direction. At least that is what I am hoping for...
    I graduated years ago and found an O.K graduate role after a long time. I know I got more to show the world and hopefully being patient will pay off
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    Here some advice for you.

    Ask for help when you are struggling. Don't act like know-it-all. Try making connections. Be the first to arrive and last to leave.

    Good luck
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    What city are you based in? I know of a few opportunities in Manchester.
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    My advice is be grateful for one, and secondly, try not to expect so much of yourself. This is your first 'proper' job after uni so your bound to feel abit out of touch.

    @lydiagerman what are these grad roles you speak of?

    I'm a graduate living in the Manchester area struggling to get on the career ladder.
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    It depends on what sector you're looking into, I work in creative/digital/tech/media so in those areas

    (Original post by royal1990)
    My advice is be grateful for one, and secondly, try not to expect so much of yourself. This is your first 'proper' job after uni so your bound to feel abit out of touch.

    @lydiagerman what are these grad roles you speak of?

    I'm a graduate living in the Manchester area struggling to get on the career ladder.
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    (Original post by lydiagerman)
    It depends on what sector you're looking into, I work in creative/digital/tech/media so in those areas
    Those are the sector's I'm looking at. I'm a graduate of the creative industries. So looking at Junior roles.

    I just haven't got enough exp to persuade employers to get me on first rung of ladder.
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    @lydiagerman those are the areas I'm looking at! (graduated earlier this year)
    would like to be in Manchester too. do you have any more info on these roles?
    I've been applying for publishing/writing stuff so far
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    It's natural to feel a bit lost in your first job I think, given it's such a different environment to university. Keep asking questions and working hard, and things will feel more settled soon
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    (Original post by shadowdweller)
    It's natural to feel a bit lost in your first job I think, given it's such a different environment to university. Keep asking questions and working hard, and things will feel more settled soon
    Exactly this. Most things at College and University are based on the principle of being able to write coursework which ticks boxes on a mark scheme, and being able to answer a bunch of straight questions on an exam paper.

    if only the real world were so clear-cut. Often there are no clearly right or wrong answers to things; people who you work for or work with often aren't going to tell you what to do or how to do it.

    In most professions, you start out from day 1 needing to use your own judgement, get things done on your own, and find out how to do things without having somebody available to give you all the answers.

    I think everybody suffers a bit of culture shock when they start out - university doesn't teach you how to cope with this sort of environment. Most people get used to it within the first 3-6 months, some people take longer. It's nothing to worry about, and definitely doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with you, and it says nothing about your ability to do the job. (If anybody ever had a problem with your ability to do the job, then your boss would be the one telling you, so unless you have that discussion, you can feel fairly sure that everything's OK. )
 
 
 

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