It's time for an adventure. Three months away from reality, work and looking after other peoples' lives... time to start looking after my own. While I'm using some inheritance money to kick me off, it won't be all five star hotels! I'm budgeting heavily, and enjoying reading travel blogs on how to see the world on a shoestring.
This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.
Last year, when I was 23, I was asked to do some freelance work for a website. It was a really exciting opportunity, and I couldn't wait to take on a new challenge. A few days in, my boss emailed me. Nestled between the chitchat was a question about my age. As in, what is it? Happily, I told her. And that's when everything changed.
It wasn't until the end of the shift that one of the girls I was working with let it slip that I wouldn't be getting paid for my time. Yes, that is correct. Aside from a few pounds in tips, I wasn't getting compensated or my time. I might as well just have spent the evening engaging in my normal routine of obsessive cleaning and reality television.
Whilst the economy is showing signs of recovery and job opportunities are increasing there is also an increasing amount of competition for every graduate job. This means that if you are joining the race you have to be prepared for what the world of work entails. Here are three top lessons to stay ahead as a 21st Century graduate.