Graduate Stories: “You’re not really prepared for how many bills go out”

Age: 21
Have you graduated yet?: Yes
What city do you live in?: Sheffield
Where do you live?: With my partner
What’s your current working situation?: Full-time job

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

Budgeting now there are no finances from uni etc. You’re not really prepared for how many bills really go out when everything is not automatically included and you have to pay for extras like council tax.

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

Made the most of my free time and done more travelling and what I enjoyed as you find your time and budget to do things once working is so limited.

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?)

No, schools don’t teach you anything about taxes, pensions, savings, budgeting, buying a house etc which would be really useful to know before being out in the working world. They should focus more on things like that in life skills lessons.


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. nortoncharity

    Yes I totally agree with this! It’s definitely a shock when you realize just how many bills go out!

    1. Maddie

      It really is!

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