‘We graduates need to stop whingeing — and start working’

Marcia, what are you doing now? I am now living in Portugal working as a freelance translator for clients based there as well as France, Belgium, Spain and the UK. Being freelance can be tough and it’s not for everyone but I think that if you have the determination to succeed then being your own boss can be really rewarding.

How should the current system be improved for graduates? I hope that in the future students will be better trained on how to integrate into the workforce and taught more relevant, vocational skills as part of their degree. I think the government and universities are finally starting to wake up to the realities of how the job market has changed given the rise in the number of graduates – but it’s a slow process that’s come too late for many of us.

Anything else you’d like to add? Yes, I’d like to say a big thank you to Tanya for writing Dude, Where’s my Career? and being a pioneer in a subject that’s been neglected for far too long. Graduates need to hear that it’s okay to feel the way we do (disappointed, angry, frustrated and disillusioned) and to be reminded that our future is in our hands.

*Considering further study, like Marcia?
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