Post-graduation Stress

After three to four years of college study, many students graduate with uncertainties about their future. Most students experience university or college away from home, family, and friends. When life gets difficult, their support system, which includes their family and friends, may be far away. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, and homesickness.


Many students find university or college more demanding than they thought it would be, and throughout their life as students, they are told to do well academically, go to a good university or college and be successful. However, straight after graduation, how do you become successful? How do you find a job that offers good prospects, or one that makes you happy? 

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As they start out on a new “chapter” of their lives, which might involve starting a new a job or continuing their studies, students must sometimes negotiate an entirely new social network for themselves.


Teenagers spend years building a social network in high school and are forced to repeat the process once entering university or college. The same happens for recent graduates. Such pressures can bring about depression and stress. Here, it is important to note that stress can occur from pleasant events, such as graduating, finding a job, getting a promotion, or getting into a relationship. However, depression arises from unwelcomed events, such as financial difficulties, bereavement, failures in life, loss of friends, just to name a few.


Despite the two phenomena being different, a cause-and-effect relationship exists between stress and depression, where too much stress can lead to depression, while being depressed can easily lead to high stress. Many graduates from university will experience symptoms of stress and anxiety after graduating and while actively seeking employment.


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