So, you have moved out of your student house and are slowly getting accustomed to the real world: where you can't see your breath in your box room and there isn't a constant lack of clean cutlery or glasses.
Then out of nowhere, the graduate blues kick in and ahead of you is the daunting task of finding a job.
When I graduated from Sussex I felt like I was constantly torn in different directions. Shall I quickly get a job I don't care about and just earn some money and move out? Shall I live at home and take the time to really search for a career I'm passionate about? Maybe I should sack it all off and go and sunbathe in Koh Tao or go hiking in Bolivia?
I decided to travel for a year and did the classic South East Asia route and then worked in Australia. On my horrific 27 hour flight home, it dawned on me that every worry I pushed aside for future Natalia to deal with became unavoidable and thrown into the face of present Natalia.
Most people have a vague idea of how they like to spend their day, and I know that a 9-5 office job just wasn't going to be the path I would go down.
Instead, I met some great people that have essentially mentored me, helped me gain experience and attempt a career as a theatre producer.
I am fortunate enough to meet amazing creatives every single week and I never really feel as if I am working. The big issue is that I don't have any consistency in my career, which means constantly hunting for temp work or a part time job to help fund what I am passionate about.
Sometimes I will go three weeks without a project to focus on and no temp work available, and often sink back into the graduate blues, feeling pretty useless and sitting on the sofa re-watching all of desperate housewives day after day.
This is coupled with the challenge of facing my grandparents every week. Who ask questions such as 'So what will do you with your Theatre and English Literature degree?' or 'When are you going to start work/get a real job?'. I proceed to fight my corner (also trying to convince myself I have made the right choice) and explain I do have a job... in theatre... not as an actress - a concept they find very confusing.
Luckily, things always seem to pick up again and often I go from having no work, to simultaneously juggling multiple projects.
After finishing Uni, I felt like every single choice and move would affect my life and there would be no turning back. I recently discovered that nothing is set in stone, I have friends who are in their late 30s and have decided to completely change their career path, or mid 50s and have quit their jobs and gone interrailing. Going travelling did not affect me getting a job when I returned home, and in fact I don't think it would have too much of an impact if I decided to go again in a few years. I'm still very much finding my feet and discovering what I want to do, whether I am in England or Cambodia.
My vision for my future is fairly fuzzy, but I'm also learning to take the pressure off of my decisions, and reassure myself that I have plenty of time to make a great deal of mistakes and it not ruin my life forever.