Hi everyone, im looking to both share a story with you all and get some of your views or advice for me going forward.
So im 23 years old and have just finished 4 years of university, ive gained a BSc in geology and an MSc in geotechnical engineering and everything is great in that respect. Over these 4 years ive maintained good relationships with my family and friends as both universities werent that far away from my home town. I commuted for the first 3 years and was only staying an hour away for the last year.
Anyway, its gotten to the point where im searching hard for graduate jobs and such, because of my degrees, these positions are fairly specialist and jobs are few and far between. So any potential job that does present itself sooner or later will inevitably mean i will be leaving home and moving some considerable distance away.
None of my close childhood friends have followed the same path as me and many didnt attend university, which is of course perfectly fine. They work reasonable jobs and enjoy their lives. I however will essentially be the lone wolf or black sheep and will be taking the first step into the unknown without any of my friends to share similar experiences.
It also feels like i will be leaving behind great things and when the move does come i will have to start over from scratch, which concerns me. The idea of having independence and having to stand on my own 2 feet is appealing, i dont want to burden my parents any longer than is necessary and i know that they would welcome me to stay as long as i wanted, but a man doesnt become a man until he accepts responsibility and grows a pair.
I have a lot going through my mind at the moment and no doubt have neglected to mention everything that i wanted to say but, do any of you fellow Tnation readers have any hard truths or stories that you can share to clarify/ease/correct what i should be thinking or feeling.
When it all boils down to it, i think im scared of not being independent and scared of severing all ties to my hometown and family and friends...
Also what the hell is working life like? Obviously different depending on your chosen career but as a student, life is easy to roll out of bed whenever, attend class, do work, drink beer with your buddies who are all around you and stay up late playing games, hitting the gym... The thought of working, eating, sleeping for 10 hours a day concerns me, i dont want to be a slave to the system really, as what does the system do for us?
Anyway enough of the ranting, im clearly borderline hysterical haha, just want to hear some personal stories or whatever, cheers fellas!