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Lessons Learnt From Gradulthood: @ironic_jess

What’ve you been up to since graduating?
As this blog goes out, I have officially landed a grad job so I’ll be getting my teeth stuck into that this week!

At the time of this interview, I was spending lockdown taking up a few hobbies, up-skilling and volunteering whilst applying for jobs in social media, marketing and PR.

As a 1st class English Language & Linguistics grad, turned blogger & influencer, I was eager to pursue a career in social. It’s crazy because it was never something I saw myself doing when I was younger.

Best and worst things about post-uni life:
Post-uni life is difficult enough as it is without graduating into a pandemic. So of course, the worst thing this year is the uncertainty. I had so many plans after my degree that have had to be put on hold; travelling, internships and concerts to name a few.

I think graduation brings around a lack of direction for the first time which can be really scary, no one tells you how to navigate your next steps and you have so many options.

I’ve found this time really useful to sit back and evaluate what my next steps should be but it’s definitely been hard on my confidence and self-esteem.

Focussing on the positives, the best thing would be finally having the time to spend on my hobbies and interests. I hadn’t taken a gap year before university and so I’ve never had the chance to really spend time on myself.

Here’s to seeing 2020 as the opportunity to take life a little slower and discover yourself. 

Do you have a fave quote or someone who inspires you?
My go-to quote is

Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy

Theodore Roosevelt

As someone who spends a lot of time on social media, comparison comes as part of the package and I more often than not find myself feeling inferior to the picture perfect lives we see online.

Saying that, I have tailored my social to follow accounts who often show not only the happy parts but sometimes the not so happy parts of their lives and openly discuss the impact social media has had on them.

The below accounts have really helped me cultivate a healthier mind-set toward social…

My to follow list:

@foreverfi_

@themeganedit

@staceysolomon

@whatnownat

and of course, @gradulthood.

I’ve found that graduate accounts like Gradulthood are a lifesaver for comparison because they remind me that each and every grad is on their own path…

Although your dream job might not have shown up yet, it doesn’t mean it never will.


Has there been a time in your life where things didn’t go as planned but helped shape you in the long run?
2020 did not go the way that I had planned but it’s taught me so much about appreciating what is right in front of me.

I’ve learnt to appreciate having the time to do what I enjoy, spending more time with my family and how adaptable I am. I think coming out on the other side of this pandemic I will be so aware of how quickly things can change and why it’s much more sustainable to chase happiness in the small things than the big successes. 

Now for the million-dollar question…

One piece of advice for your former self about to graduate?
If I could go back to this time last year and give myself some advice I would say to have more faith in yourself!

You will do better than you could have ever imagined and you will learn how strong and capable you truly are.

Whatever is meant to happen will happen and you cannot control anything but your response to the situation.

Thank you Jess!

See more of Jess’s world here: @ironic_jess