WORDS by Lauren McGroder

You’ve survived years of tertiary education but the party is over and it’s time to get serious. Of course, patience is a virtue, particularly for those of us who didn’t quite nab a job immediately after graduating.

Arts students are especially aware of the uncertainty that can come with the ‘taste-tester’ of degrees, and the prospect of beginning a new year with the same weekly income as your fifteen year old self is certainly not inviting to many, but do not fret. There are plenty of ways a clever thing like yourself can keep busy upon the completion of your Arts degree, all of which are important in the long term (or so we tell ourselves).

1. Refine your persuasion skills

There is a period between completing your Arts degree and landing a job where you spend a lot of time convincing your parents, and probably yourself, that you are in fact progressing towards a fulfilling career. This actually becomes a vital process when job-hunting, because you become very well equipped to sell yourself to any potential employee with only the smallest hint of desperation.

2. Refine your interrogation skills

Because ‘So what can you do with an Arts degree?’ is a question you encounter on the daily. If anyone reading this has produced a meaningful answer to this question while unemployed at the time, I salute you. Of course, there is the critical thinking, research and communications skills that accompany your very expensive piece of paper, but they don’t quite prompt the same response as ‘I just bought my first investment property!’ Utilise your spare time wisely and develop an impressive script in response to this question, and let your globally competitive education speak for itself.

3. Locate free Wi-Fi

The greatest perk of being a student without doubt is free Wi-Fi, and whether you’re an Arts or a Law graduate, your data needs remain the same. To achieve this, you can either spend an abnormal amount of time in McDonald’s, or you can find a more productive location from which to continue the habit of sapping free resources you acquired while in your glorious university days. For more information, see below.

4. Look at furthering your education

Mostly for the reason listed above. Also, half price train fares. Worry less about you’re accumulating HECS fee (for now), and more about the bargains to be had with a simple flash of your student ID. I have put serious thought into beginning another degree to make use of cheaper public transport. Having a legitimate reason to avoid committing to something semi-permanent (like a career) just seems so appealing. After all, that’s why you did an Arts degree right?

5. Wistfully look at things you can buy with real money

Which you don’t have. Because you’ve just finished your Arts degree and are still job hunting. But you’re staying positive. Because your parents think you’re progressing towards a fulfilling career. You have many options within this activity. My particular favourite is planning luxurious holidays to Morocco, but you could also aim for something more realistic like paying your phone bill this month.

6. Attend to household errands

The other day I had written something so mundane on my list of things to do for that day that my own mother laughed in my face. But rest assured, dear Mother, there is always a time and a place for the most minute of activities. For example, you could always archive your university essays in order of the degree to which it pained you to write them whilst waiting for the phone to call.

Have you got any tips for the recently graduated? How do you make the most of the extra time on your hands?

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WORDS BY:  Lauren McGroder

Lauren has recently completed her Bachelor’s degree and for the moment enjoys avoiding entering ‘the real world.’ While doing this, she spends her days dreaming of reading a book on a yacht in Greece and wondering why ‘professional gallivanting’ is not a stable career choice.