Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Real World

As you are probably aware, this year I finish Uni. On Friday, I break up for Easter, for 3 weeks, and following that I have only 2 weeks of Uni left! Not going to lie though, as scary as it is that time has literally flown by, I'm ready to leave now. I need a new challenge, something different to channel my energy into..


However, that means in 6 weeks, I'm going to face the 'real world' head on. That scary place where there is always someone better, more intelligent, more qualified than you, has more experience than you. So far, I've been hiding under the security blanket more formally known as education. School, sixth form, university.. the place where you don't really face any competition and you are constantly supported. But the 'real world' isn't quite so accommodating, and it turns out experience is a pretty important these days. Although experience is pretty hard to get if you don't get any experience. Catch 22!

There was a specific module I did in year one of Uni, and to be honest, I thought it was awful. The tutor was the cutest woman I've ever met, but I struggled to take her seriously.. do volunteering to get experience? You're joking right?! I already have a part time job, thanks.

Despite this, something clicked in year two because I did do a hell of a lot of volunteering, and my god I am so glad I did! I want to be a clinical psychologist.. I don't have a plan B, and I don't want one either really. I'm stubborn, a perfectionist and I won't stop until I get what I want, but experience is definitely something I need in order to get me where I want to be. Opportunities don't just turn up on your doorstep, you have to go and grab them with two hands, and that's what I tried to do. I've volunteered for a number of mental health charities, a mental health ward.. I even flew to Thailand! And you know what? Even this blog is something I'm extremely proud to run, because all of this experience gives me something to discuss in the real world.

Getting experience is vital. Tutors don't just witter on because they want something to talk about.. they actually talk sense because they want you to do well, not to mention it looks good for the Uni. So listen to them when they advise you, they aren't nagging you really. Getting a degree is ace, honestly. But these days, it's not enough and you need to stand out. Make sure you give yourself the best start possible :)
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Candice Petersen said...

Yeah it can be very scary!!

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Sam said...

Ha yes definitely! x

Lorna said...

I'm in a very similar position to you. I'm also about to finish a psychology degree with hopes to become a Clinical Psychologist. I wish I had realised how important volunteering was before 3rd year as it has been difficult to juggle much with the dissertation. Very scared about job opportunities/what experiences to get for the best chance to achieve my dream. Thanks for such a great blog post this morning, it really motivated me to crack on with the last hurdle of my dissertation. Good luck for the last few weeks of uni and whatever may lie ahead at the end of it. Maybe we'll end up working together in the future - hope we can both get to where we want :) xxx

Sam said...

And thanks for the great comment! Good luck to you too, lovely - maybe we will meet one day, indeed ;) I shall spending the rest of my day dissertation writing too, so I know how you feel. Just think, as soon as you've done, it'll be a huge weight off your shoulders and one step closer to that dream job. You can do it :) xx

Rebecca Lacey said...

I definitely agree that experience is vital, especially for you since you want to be a clinical psychologist which is the most competitive psychology jobs out there. Good luck with your last few weeks at uni!

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Sam said...

Thank you lovely! xx

Jennifer K said...

Good luck - you sound like you've got a great attitude which is one of the best starting points! One of my friends was wanting to train as a clinical psychologist and I hadn't appreciated just how hard it was until I heard what she would have to do. She actually ended up on a different career path but now when I meet clinical psychologists I understand a bit better just how hard they've worked!
Jennifer x

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Sam said...

Aw thanks Jennifer! It's a very competitive path, but if it's the only thing I want do, it's worth working for right? I'm sure you know how hard it is, training to be a doctor and all that ;) xx

Nicole said...

Could not agree more with everything you've said in this post! I think when you start out at university you almost have your head stuck in the clouds - you go in thinking that you will get a degree and everything else will just fall into place without too much effort, that a degree is the key to your future and you don't need to worry. Wrong, so wrong. A year or so in you come to realise that no, a degree isn't enough and that you need experience, and lots of it, and that for the most part you are going to need to work for free to get that experience. It's a really tough world out there but if you put in the work while you're at uni and make the most of all your free time then it is so much easier when you come out and actually have some relevant experience. Yes, the real world is really scary and I could not have been more terrified a year ago when I was about to graduate but I can without a doubt say that all the experience I gained while at uni got me my graduate job and I couldn't be happier now. A lot of people from my course and still unemployed or working part-time so I count myself lucky, it could be a lot worse!


Basically, experience is key and because you've realised that I know you will go far. You sound really determined and passionate so I really hope you get to where you want to be! I'm sure you will though, good luck!


Nicole xx

Sam said...

I don't think you were 'lucky'.. you worked hard for where you have managed to get and I admire you for that. Well done! I also agree with everything you've said, and I'm so pleased that you are happy because you 100% deserve it!


And thank you so much for your lovely words.. it may take a few years but I will get where I want to be one day! xx

Cat said...

Bless you :) You'll do great in the "real world". I wish I had done more volunteering really...I did some work experience and worked on the student paper, and I think it did definitely make a difference when I took my first step into the real world. It took me about 6 months to get my first degree- related role, but some people take much longer. It sounds to me like you have the passion and drive to succeed quickly though! x

Sam said...

Aw thank you for your lovely words. It sounds like you still did a lot throughout uni though which has obviously seen you succeed so well done you! xx

María Alejandra Aristizábal said...

This was a great reading, Samantha! Something different but real. I couldn't agree more with you. But that's life, right?! Hope you're having a fantastic week! xx

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≈ CARMEN ≈ said...

Good luck in the real world. It's different. It's difficult. But it's cool. I just wish I knew more about life after college while I was still in it.

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Sam said...

Thanks for your comment! Yes, you're right! That is life. And you too xx

Sam said...

Thanks lovely! x

SamanthaSeries said...

I understand... I have been doing internships in film production, and while sometimes it's crappy because you're doing work for free, you get some good experience and learn skills.

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Sam said...

Definitely! It sounds like you've been working hard and I'm sure it will pay off x

TheStyleRawr said...

I'm sure you'll land on your feet! Experience is vital but so is personality. You seem like such a wonderful person, anyone would be silly not to hire you!

Tara x

Gabrielle said...

I couldn't agree with you more about making our own opportunities and whether we know it or not, I have a feeling blogging helps all of us in one way or another! Well done on flying to Thailand to do voluntary work by the way, that's so impressive! :) Good luck!

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Jennie May said...

It sounds like you're well on the way to achieving what you would like and that's amazing! xo

Sam said...

Aw that's so lovely of you! Really has made me smile, thank you! :) xx

Sam said...

Thank you so much! xx

Sam said...

Thank you Jennie! x

Christina Hughes said...

This was me last year. So, I can relate. Catch 22 indeed.

You seem to have a great attitude towards graduating from uni. I think with that attitude you already stand out, which is wonderful. Best of luck :)

Christina x
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Josie's Journal said...

Scary but exciting times! You're such a hard worker I'm sure you'll achieve all that you want to x

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Sam said...

Aw thank you so much! I hope you're right xx

Sam said...

Yes exciting indeed! Thank you Josie xx

Issy Goode said...

I feel like this right now and I really wish I'd done more over the past few years of uni. I wish I hadn't let money stop me from going to Thailand too because not only would it have been an amazing experience to be out there with you but it would also be a pretty valuable bit of experience on my CV and a serious talking point!


Good luck in the real world, I'm sure you'll be amazing!


xxx

Sam said...

I definitely think you're being hard on yourself lovely! You've also got the rest of your life to get experience and build up your CV :) Don't worry!


And thank you xxx

Ellie Adams said...

Such a lovely post Sam. Volunteering/work experience is so, so important, not only for your personal benefit in terms of life experience and learning new things, but also looks amazing on your CV. There's no problem in having no plan B either lovely, just gives you more determination to strive for your goal. You'll get there! :)


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Hayley-Eszti Szucs said...

I imagine it is a very scary and daunting time, but exciting at the same time! Think of all the possibilities and changes and opportunities that are yet to come! :)

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Sam said...

You are absolutely right! xx

phoebe davies said...

I am going to uni in september to do psychology and these tips are great! thanks x

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Sam said...

Pleasure! I'm sure you'll love it :) x

JasminCharlotte said...

Ohh exciting, not long to go! I 100% agree with the volunteering thing though, it's so important to get the most out of your uni years and then use that to drive your career. Working through uni was a huge benefit for me! x

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Sam said...

Sounds like you had a good and productive time at uni! Glad it's worked out for you :) xx

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