Hey everyone - I hope you’re all well!
Today’s new post is just in time for all of you lovely people starting university this month, or perhaps moving away for a degree apprenticeship, new job, year abroad or gap year experience.
Coming from an ex-student who survived the first year of uni and first year only, I feel in a position to tell you 6 things you need to remember about moving away for the first time that you may not already know.
You might still be unsure about your new pathway, unsure what you’re doing altogether or even considering university or a degree apprenticeship for next year, so make sure to keep the following things in mind:
1 - Make your new space homey and comfortable
You may feel homesick, as much as you think you won’t! Sure, going to uni or moving out gives you a whole new sense of freedom which is super exciting, but its undoubtable that you’re gonna miss home comforts like your laundry being done for you, dinner being on the table every night or just general house company.
Obviously, a new experience can be inspiring, but despite living with a whole new bunch of flatmates you can still feel lonely in a dorm room at times. Surrounding yourself with things that make you feel comfortable and relaxed is key.
Are you unsure about the university route due to homesickness worries? Have you considered a degree or higher apprenticeship by any chance? If you don’t know, get to know! Contact us to find out what an apprenticeship opportunity could do for you.
2 - Make effort to meet new people!
Even if you’re unconfident about meeting new people, ‘fake it till you make it’ or check out our confidence building tips here. Sure, something like freshers week can be daunting, but it’s important to make the effort to go out and chat to people!
Moving away to a new town can be tough if you’re flying solo, so ensuring you put yourself out there is vital to make new mates. There’s nothing worse than feeling isolated or lonely.
If you’re feeling uneasy about the thought of a full-on freshers week or packing up to a new city, why not consider an apprenticeship in your hometown? Learning and earning at the same time is super beneficial - contact us to find out more!
3 - Budgeting is key!
Whether you’re going to be working your way around your first student loan or living in a new house and paying bills for the first time, it’s probably going to be tricky to start with! An extra part-time/weekend job at your university is a great way to meet new people and gain some extra funds for your social life!
If you’re starting a new career in a new city, make sure you budget your monthly pay and prioritise the important things. That paycheck has gotta last!
4 - You’re independent now.
What I mean by this is that you shouldn’t expect masses of guidance or hand-holding - you’re not at school anymore. For example, the majority of work at university is expected to be outside of your lectures. Library, here we come!
If classroom work isn’t your forte, I’d really suggest looking into apprenticeship roles. After going to uni for 1 year and realising that assignments and exams weren’t my mojo anymore, I realised I am so much better suited to the world of employment and real work experience.
5 - Being open-minded is vital
Whether you’re off to university or starting a brand new job, moving away to a new area will bring you new experiences and people.
You’ll be living and mixing with people you might not normally ‘choose’ to - you’ll meet so many interesting people from different backgrounds, areas and cultures with different personalities and interests, so if you want to make friends, then being open minded to socialising with everyone is so important. As well as this, trying new things such as societies, sports or social clubs can help you feel integrated and part of a community!
6 - Whatever you’re doing is not the only way
Everyone learns from their experiences. Just because you’ve landed that new job, it doesn’t mean you have to stay there forever if you're not keen.
Also - I am fully aware that university is totally right and suited to some people, but it’s not for everyone. If you feel like you may have been ‘funnelled’ towards the university route and aren’t totally sure it’s the best pathway for you, do not panic - there are so many unknown opportunities available, such as an apprenticeship expertly matched to your skills and ambitions.
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