• Anastasia Hamurari

Graduating and moving on

It is about time to reflect on the past three years of my studies. I can say without a hint of doubt that a lot of changes within myself and in my surroundings had happened during that time. Whether it was for the new circle of people I was revolving around, or for the two summers full of hard work and adventures overseas – it all contributed to some extent to the present version of myself. They say a fresh graduate is a lucky person since all the doors open in front of him. Although I am sure it is true in certain circumstances, there is so much more to it not being talked about enough.

As a matter of fact, let me point out what bachelor degree I had obtained. I graduated with a degree in Economic Science with a specialization in World Economics and International Economic Relations. Was it something I always wanted to study? I would lie if I answered positively. I can even add that I have never excelled in math at school but utterly hated it. This makes my choice seem very random (so it was). In my defense I was an eighteen year old blinded high school graduate who did not know what he wants to do with his life. Who knows it at such a young age anyway? (I mean, there are some, don’t get me wrong, but I was not one of them in the slightest) Even so, I did make my choice three years ago for the reason of studying in English and have enjoyed that part.

If anything, I always thought I would study language translation and interpretation because of my passion for language learning. It did not happen though as I grew older and realized it was never something I wanted to study. In fact, this field of study had nothing to do with my passion.

It was only less than a year ago when I finally understood what I should have chosen as a university major. However, at that moment I had less than nine months left of university and there was no point in changing up majors. And here I am, with an Economics diploma on a book shelf and a head full of ambitions and dreams.

What am I going to do with a degree in economics if I am not interested in pursuing career in the field? That is a tricky question. And, not to mention, quite a stressful one for a twenty one year old living in today’s world full of talented, skilled and “I know who I am” type of graduates. I cannot leave the question open, though.

For the past one and a half month I have been sending out CVs, cover letters and filling out blanks for various jobs and internships at home and abroad. Never have I ever before realized how tough, nerve racking and frustrating this process could be. With so many young and aspiring professionals competition is high. It is especially true if you are aiming for a place in the field you do not have a degree in. Regardless, I do not lose hope and keep on interviewing and waiting for the right thing to come along.

What advice would I give myself three years ago with the mindset I have now? To listen only to yourself and try to connect your hobbies with your choice of major. No matter how dumb/weird/not prestigious it sounds, go for it. Do not even think twice when someone from your surroundings tells you it might not be that good of an idea. At the end of the day, no one knows what you are truly interested in better than you do. (I cannot stress this enough) And, also, do not be hard on yourself once you make mistakes. It is an inevitable part of life which teaches you more than anyone else ever will.

Image credit: Klawe Rzeczy on Behance

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