After finishing my degree in May 2014 I made the very quick decision to stay in my university town of Leicester. I felt like going home would feel like a step back rather than the forward steps a graduate should be taking. I had enough of a support network here too so why leave?
1. YOU ARE FORCED TO BE INDEPENDENT AND STAY INDEPENDENT
When you leave university you’ll have just a matter of weeks until the rent you’ve paid via student loan runs out meaning you’re forced to find a job quickly and start being independent straight away. I think it took me around 3-5 weeks to find a job with a decent salary once I’d handed in my dissertation; by graduation I was enjoying my hard earned wages.
2. PEOPLE FROM UNIVERSITY WILL COME BACK TO VISIT
It’s fairly often that I get a visit from an old Uni friend who’s come back to visit Leicester for some reason or another and every now and again the whole gang come back to Leicester for a night out/re-uni-on. These little visits are far more often than they would have been if I’d moved back home or elsewhere.
3. YOU WILL HAVE YOUR ALUMNI & CONNECTIONS FROM THE UNI NEARBY
You make contacts during university whether they be direct university connections like your lecturers or just somebody you met while completing your dissertation research. Either way, having connections is one of the most important things when it comes to seeking work. You’ll never be out of a job if you have people around you who hold you in high regard.
4. WHEN EVERYBODY LEAVES, YOU’LL BE FORCED TO MEET NEW PEOPLE
The world of work offers you people who may end up being a friend for life. When we leave education we are very much used to socialising with people of our own age (give or take a few years) but when we enter the professional world we find ourselves getting along with people twice are age- often better than our peers!
5. VISITING YOUR HOMETOWN IS A WELCOME TREAT
I love going back to St Albans, not just because they have a Dunkin’ Donuts but also because I find the whole place so nostalgic. It’s been four years and a few months since I moved away and although I spent my summers at home during university, I have thought of Leicester as home from the second I moved here. Those rare trips back to my hometown are precious and short and full of catch up coffees.