So, as you may have already guessed, I’ve launched a podcast!
After several months of thinking about it, figuring out how on earth to do it and deliberating if I have time (or mainly the abilities to do so – tech is not my thing), I’ve started The Guide to Life After University podcast.
As I’ve blogged about life after uni on here for several years, I thought I’d take the plunge and chat about it too. I don’t think that many people talk about how difficult leaving university and entering the ‘real world’ can be.
There are lots of twenty-something podcasts, but I felt that focusing on the initial months and years after university and sharing tips that I wish I’d known and giving practical help to graduates would be a bit different.
University is a bubble; your friends live 2 minutes away, your time is essentially your own and you have the freedom to structure your life how it suits you. It’s not all fun and games, but there is usually a good helping of it.
And no one prepares you for what comes next, life after university.
You’ve made great friends and then usually you’re scattered across the country (so you don’t see each other as much), you have to find a job, somewhere to live and make huge life decisions and you’re only 21.
I receive so many messages from people saying they feel lost or don’t know what to do after uni, or that they felt lonely during that time. When I chat to my friends we all say the same thing – we don’t know what we’re doing or how to get where we want to be.
So, I thought I’d ask the experts, my pals and myself (only for this first episode don’t worry!) how to do all of these things we have to do now; rent, save, budget, keep in touch with friends, addressing all forms of inequality and injustice in and outside of work, dating, careers, interviews, CV tips, mental and physical health, nutrition and so much more.
My podcast offers practical advice and tools for navigating life after graduation and showing how difficult the transition from full-time student to full-time adult can be, especially in light of the pandemic.
I’m thrilled the first episode is finally out there! But I don’t enjoy the nightmares I have that I’ve stuttered or muddled my words. And while I’ve done lots of written interviews on my blog and at work, it’s been a whole new level of anxiety interviewing people and recording the audio!
At this point, I can’t listen to the episode as I’ve spent so long checking it, but fingers crossed you can listen to it and enjoy it!
Episodes will be released every Tuesday for the first series and it is available on:
Artwork by the brilliant, Owen Mooney / Owen Mooney Visuals.
You can listen to the first episode here: