gra-dult-hood n.

1. A stage in life between graduation and adulthood.
2. Gradulthood often involves jobs that don't fulfil a graduate's expectations.
3. A term coined during the recession.

A Gradult Abroad: Introduction

   One gradults journey across America.
Having spoken to various gradult friends over the last couple of weeks, there have been a lot of different views on whether this newfound stage of life is a good thing or a bad thing. In my opinion, I’ve had opportunities and done things in the year following graduation that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. I fully believe if the recession hadn’t happened, I would have looked long and hard at graduate schemes, and probably would have tried to be on one to coincide with finishing university, something I now realise isn't for me.

But as it is, in the last 12 months, I’ve had great fun working full time in a restaurant, been skiing for the first time, visited various European cities, spent two weeks road-tripping down the west coast of the U.S.A, spent just under two months traveling around South America, undertook various work placements…

I could go on, but I think you get the picture. The point I’m trying to make is this; sure, on the one hand the recession has stopped a lot of people in similar situations to myself starting in the job/career they originally envisaged, but it has also opened up many opportunities, and an open-mindedness that many graduates in the past just wouldn’t have had.

Over the next couple of weeks, Gradulthood will feature the experiences of gradults who have take the recession by the scruff of the neck, starting later this week, with a good friend who recently decided to cycle from Los Angeles to New York.


  1. I'm just curious about how you can travel so much with such low paid jobs?

  2. Working in a restaurant isn't always as low paid as people think when you take into account the fact that sometimes I did 60-hour weeks, tips, and limited socialising due to the unsociable hours. Dave Procter who cycled across America earned enough money to travel whilst working in Colombia. He also used various websites to get accommodation and food for free. Joe, who will feature in 'A Gradult Abroad' later today worked at Topman, whilst holding down a part-time job in a bar, a few other odd jobs, and he lived a thrifty existence for quite a while (and still does, I think he just enjoys it!). We also didn't have the heating on for most of last winter...