Coping With Change When Leaving University

Be Prepared

The best way to avoid this anxiety altogether is by being prepared. Having an internship or graduate program lined up for when you finish your studies puts your mind at ease. When you’ve finished your last exam you won’t need to stress about applying for jobs if you already have one lined up. Generally, these roles start in February, so you will still have time to have a great summer holiday. Then you’ll be able to walk into employment refreshed and ready for new challenges.


Learn to Accept

This won’t be the only dramatic change in your life. Learning to accept that life is in a constant state of flux is important. Leaving high school was your first transition. Remember how excited you were to enter university? Do you also remember how nervous you were? Leaving university is a similar experience, as is leaving one job for another, or moving overseas. Accepting that you will inevitably face a dramatic change in your way of life helps you to cope in a healthy way. Know that feeling anxious is a perfectly natural response. Come to terms with the fact that change is inevitable, but it’s your response to that change that defines you.


Think of the Opportunity

The end of one chapter marks the start of another. In the wise words of Natasha Bedingfield, “The rest is still unwritten.” Finishing your studies provides you with tonnes of well-earned opportunities. You’ll be able to find meaningful employment that you enjoy. You’ll be able to earn a lot more money than you have ever earned before. You’ll be able to move to a new country with skills that are both valuable and in demand, if you wish to do so. The opportunities are endless, and leaving university is a liberating experience. You’ll also have a lot more free time, which opens doors for new hobbies, new friendships, new travels, and new experiences.


Leaving university, as frightening as it may be, is just one of the many changes you’ll face in your life. By being prepared for this change, by accepting this change and by thinking about the opportunities this change will bring enables you to cope with the dramatic shift that occurs between studying and working. Remember, it is normal to feel anxious, and if you are feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone you trust who has been through this themselves. For now, be proud of your achievement and look forward to the doors that it has opened for you.