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Just been doing some sums ...

I'm in my final year of uni, graduating in June... I've been looking around for jobs for when I graduate, as my daughter lives here and I have a mortgaged flat I'm hoping to stay where I am...

Locally there isn't many decent salaried jobs in my field and I've worked out that commuting would end up more of an expense than the extra income and moving would mean selling my flat and finding a new one and probably end up with a bigger mortgage and having to be a greater distance from my daughter

I have an interview next week for a local company which has a good reputation and would be ideal to get my foot in the door of the industry and its something I would be really happy with and am really happy to have been offered an interview

I've worked out that if I get offered the minimum starting wage the company offer... I'll be £575 worse off a month! If I get the maximum starting wage (very unlikely) I'm going to be £285 worse off...

I was hoping to have my second bedroom for my daughter - currently she has a room at my parents and a fellow student is renting it out.. It looks like I'm going to have to find a new flatmate when he goes, and still be worse off than I am as a student..

I'm gutted - I went to uni to better myself, get myself in a better position career wise and to provide a better future for my daughter....

Okay it may come in time as I gain experience payrises etc but I was looking forward to starting a new career doing something I wanted to do and not actually living payday to payday....

I can see the skyline getting mothballed .. getting a bike and living like the stereotypical student for the next few years at this rate.. pot noodle anyone?

(and yeah I realise I'm being a whingey ***** and I could be in a lot worse a position before anyone points it out)
 

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There's 1000's going to uni for 100's of jobs for ya.

It's Been like that for many years unfortunately.

Welcome to the real world I'm afraid fella.
 

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I was in the real world for about 8 years before I decided to finally go to uni.. mainly as I was in a call centre with little chance of career advancement and as it turns out there was a high redundancy level in the last couple of years

I remember living off supernoodles for a few months at one point!

I should count my blessings if I get a job with the degree I have I suppose.. I just think its stupid that as a student my income is higher now than when I will be starting a job as a graduate...

I'm sure I'll get by... at least if I get a bus pass I can enjoy the skyline on the weekends (something I've not had in the last four years)
 

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Stick at it; if you're good then the starting wage is just that; a start.

By working hard, and maybe changing companies every few years, you can progress to the stage where you're earning good money.

Obviously the state of the economy at the moment doesn't help, but it will pick up again.

What degree did you do?
 

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Webdesign and development - specialising in development - just need to get two more A's this semester and I have a first class honours... so working hard just now - well trying to!

I hope that they will allow me to do some side freelance projects... can pay well while I keep my head above water.
 

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Yeah there is a lot of people out there who run companies for website design or do it freelance.... though not many are actually qualified to do it or do it right .... one company who called me to offer me a job was going to pay minimum wage and they didn't even know anything about accessibility or web standards etc.. hence why I think if I can get my foot in the door - gain some commercial experience I will be in a better position..

I'd also consider starting up on my own but I would need a reliable income which wouldn't happen until I got established, I'll just have to watch the pennies to begin with I guess and work my butt off in the hope of advancement and payrises!
 

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I have played really at the web design and just self taught from the good old days of Html. The last couple of years I studied Dreamweaver Web Design and Flash. Total waste of time as not many people are using it anymore just CMS, so gave it up. One place you might be interested in for extra work is here though http://www.peopleperhour.com try your hand at a bit of freelancing as well as a job.
 
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