Welcome back for the third post in my new blog post series, all about surviving graduation. In this series I want to discuss the issues facing current graduates, including finding a job and getting into a new routine now that you’ve finished your studies.
Whether you’ve just finished school, you’re looking for a new job, or you’ve recently graduated from University- I hope I can offer relatable and helpful posts all about life as a graduate!
In this post, I want to discuss a trap that most of us will fall into after graduation at one point or another- comparing yourself to others.
It is so easy to compare yourself to others, whatever stage you’re at in life. Does someone else have a better job than me? Is someone else on track for a promotion, and I’m not? Why have they moved out of their parent’s house and I haven’t?
But comparing yourself to others achieves nothing, and it can be a harmful habit as you’re trying to work out what you want to do with your life.
Below, find 5 reason to stop comparing yourself to others. There are so many things you have to think about after graduation, so don’t let pointless comparisons get in the way of your plans and ambitions!
Your home is what you make it
One of the ways you might compare yourself to others after graduation is where you’re living. Whether you’ve been studying from home, or you’ve been living with students during your time at University- every graduate will have a different place to live after graduation.
There’s nothing wrong with living at home while you find your perfect job or save up some money- and I’ve been so lucky to spend the past year with my family.
If you want to live with your friends after graduation because you hate the idea of living alone, or you want to strike out on your own- that’s fine too. Your home is what you make it, and there’s no right place to end up during this transition period in your life.
All is not as it seems
It’s so important to stop comparing yourself to others, as not everything is as it seems when it comes to other people’s lives. People will always present the best image of themselves that they can, and not everyone who says they have their life “together” actually does.
While some people will have everything sorted- and that’s fantastic- stop comparing yourself to people when all you see is a glowing social media post.
Take your time
Finding what you want to do after graduation takes time, and it’s so important to stop comparing yourself to others while you take your time to find your way in life.
Take the time to find something you love- and avoid disappointment later in life.
Don’t rush into any big decisions because you feel pushed, and definitely don’t rush into a Master’s because you don’t know what to do! There’s plenty of time to sort out the direction that your life is going.
No, not everyone has their career sorted
It might seem like it, but not everyone has their careers sorted when they get straight out of University. Stop comparing yourself to people who have their perfect career sorted, or who are going to be making more money than you.
Not everyone has their career sorted, so don’t feel the need to compare yourself to others.
You are on your own path
It sounds cheesy, but this really is the main reason to stop comparing yourself to others after graduation!
Everyone is on their own path, and while you are finding your way it doesn’t help to compare yourself to others- whether that’s training to be a solicitor, studying for a Master’s, or looking for your first job.
Have you fallen into the trap of comparing yourself to others before? What’s your best tip to avoid comparing yourself to other students? What do you think of my graduation blog post series?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x
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