calculator-scientific-largeYou have to graduate at some point, no matter how much you’re loving university. There will come a day when you put on that gown, walk onto the stage and accept your degree. And after that, you’re on your own. There is life after university and you’re going to have to face it. The big question is: are you ready for it? Here are some things you should be thinking about in the months leading up to your graduation.    Do you know how to budget? This is going to be a big part of post-university life. If you think you’re going to walk into your first job and earn a great salary, you couldn’t be more wrong. You’re probably going to receive a paycheque that barely covers the essentials. Which is why you need to learn how to budget and budget well. You’re going to have to pay for things like rent and day to day medical cover, as well as, you know, food and electricity. You’re not going to able to do this if you can’t properly plan how you spend your money. A good way to start budgeting now is to track your spending. This allows you to see where your money is going.    Are you ready to live on your own You may already be living off campus on your own but it’s not the same as living on your own in the real world. At university you have irregular class times and your body can still handle junk food on a regular basis. In the real world, however, you’re going to need to live with a routine and feed yourself healthy, well-balanced meals. There’s going to be no one around to help you wake up in the morning, ensure you have food in the fridge or remind you to pay for electricity.   Are you mature enough to handle a “real” job As a student, your time is pretty much your own. You don’t always go to class and you decide when you study and work on assignments. That’s not going to happen when you start working full-time. You’re going to have to work regular hours and get stuff done by a certain (and strict) deadline. You’re also going to be answering to a boss instead of a lecturer. At university you’re doing it all for yourself. But in the working world it’s about profits and productivity. There will be someone breathing down your neck and insisting on results. At least you get rewarded with money at the end of the month. Image: Pexels