The First Five Years In The Real World: A Half Decade, Or Half Decay?

 

Finding a place for yourself in the world after leaving education can take some time to get right. There are many different stresses and anxieties, not to mention finding a suitable career. But when it comes to the first five years after leaving education, this is where you will learn a lot about how the world works, but also about yourself. What are the most common problems we all face at this point?

Finding A Career That Suits Us

Some people do the standard 9 to 5 working hours, and others go freelance. Depending on your own specific outlook you may not find a career that suits you down to the ground, but rather get a job just to pay the bills in the meantime. This is not a bad thing, because it gives you the opportunity to try before you buy. We can’t all expect to fall into a career that suits us right away, but by the same token, some people have tried hard for years to get into a career they think they want, but end up being very disappointed by it. It’s a cliché, but you need to do what makes you happy.

Learning How To Manage Your Money

You might find it a major shock to the system when you get yourself into debt, either because a flatmate didn’t pay the bills, or you had no concept of what you really owed. When it comes to managing your money, there are so many resources online, but it’s not just about understanding how to manage a bank account, but also, what your options are should you find yourself in debt. Many people end up considering bankruptcy, which is always an option, but it’s something you should do after you’ve exhausted every other possibility. Filing for bankruptcy is a way to wipe your debt clean, but can you be prepared to live with this for the next few years, until your credit,and reputation, resets itself?

Understanding The True Value Of Friendship

And for all of the adventures you embark on in your early 20s, you begin to realize who is important to you in your life. We can tend to stay in the same social groups, or remain friends with our school buddies, but take this opportunity to learn and grow. Get out there, meet new people, because you might find that you’ve been holding yourself back with those people you used to hang around with. Now, not to say that they are bad for you, but they say that an average friendship lasts 7 years. So count it, is it time to find people that help you learn and grow? Have you been hanging around with the same old gang, but found yourself bored out of your mind, talking about the same things? Friendship is about loyalty, but also about fun. They say you can count your true friends on one hand, think about this.

The real world comes with so many different problems, not just money troubles and career strife, but there are emotional hurdles to jump over. And while it’s all part of healing and growing, these years may feel stressful at times, but they could be the best years of your life.

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