Social media highs and lows
Social media, after graduation, can act as the only connection to other people from your course. Whilst I found it was a good way to mask how I was really feeling – by curating this virtual world to showcase my achievements – Ben mentions that Handsome Frank’s take on social media, written for Lecture in Progress, helped him identify his feelings towards it.
“You’re always self-conscious about what you post,” shares Ben. “There’s a lot of societal pressure to post the best stuff, and it is very fake. I follow a lot of designers and it constantly gets me down, because I see their work and think these people are amazing. You’d never think that they’re only showcasing the best thing that they’ve done, rather than the process.” In the end, Ben ended up getting a job from his Instagram account, and claims his employers didn’t even look at his portfolio. But even though it worked out, the pressure of promoting yourself online – especially if you don’t feel able to do it in person – can be monumental.
When asked if there’s any advice he’d give to third years who are coming up to graduation, Ben says: “Start applying for jobs earlier than you think. Sit down with your lecturers and ask what industry is like. It’s okay to feel low, because it’s a change in your life. Take a few weeks to do nothing, relax, see people, go back to your hometown.”