Graduate Stories: “Impostor syndrome is a lot more common than you think”

Age: 24
Have you graduated yet?: Yes
What city do you live in?: Sheffield
Where do you live?: At home with parents, brother and sister
What’s your current working situation?: Studying MSc Dietetics

What do you think you’ve struggled with the most after leaving education?

I didn’t have the self-confidence to work towards my aspirations and goals after graduating. My mental health took a battering during my time at university and I left with very low self-esteem. I feel like this held me back from applying for the masters I’d always been wanting to do.

What do you wish you’d known or had done before leaving university?

The impact university life can have on mental health and where to find help. To take advantage of opportunities even if they seem a little scary. That impostor syndrome is a lot more common than you think and it doesn’t mean you are one!!

Do you think there’s enough resources out there for young people making the transition from education to adult life? (If so, what? If not, what do you want to see more of?)

Not enough – I think universities could do more to support students and to set them up for life after graduation.


Thank you to Ellie for sharing her experiences of graduate life!

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. This is a great post – I’ve definitely struggled with imposter syndrome in my first ‘proper’ job since leaving university! But its reassuring to know that others feel exactly the same!

    Holly x
    hollystheatrethoughts.wordpress.com

    1. Maddie

      It’s really easy to feel that way! You’re definitely not alone xx

  2. Emily

    I feel like I could have written this as I felt the same! After I graduated my mental health dropped to the worst it’s ever been and I fell into an admin job for two years because I didn’t think I was good enough for what I wanted to do! I agree there should be way more support from universities as they just send you out into the world and cut all contact.

    1. Maddie

      I’m sorry to hear that! It’s really difficult isn’t it, how we are just left alone to figure it all out. Hope you’re getting on okay now xx

  3. lucyliveshere

    Gosh I really relate to what you say here. I definitely feel like my self esteem took a battering at university too – everyone seemed so much smarter, more articulate and more confident than I felt. it definitely takes time to find your place in the world after you graduate.

    1. Maddie

      It’s a really accurate depiction of graduate life isn’t it. I completely agree!

  4. Ghulam Mohyudin

    It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

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