On the train, everyone was glued to their phones. Earphones in. Blocked to the outside world. If anyone found themselves being remotely entertained by whatever they're watching on their phone, they immediately corrected their smile back to the straight face, scared of being spotted by another commuter as potentially breaking the mould.
Introduction after introduction, these people all had two things in common.
- They worked for corporates.
- They hated it.
It was at this moment that I knew why The Cool Graduate was so important. I had boarded that train with these seemingly homogeneous ants who just looked unenthused, detached and blank. I had gone up the stairs to the Escape The City office and found a buzzing group of people who had confirmed everything that The Cool Graduate was founded upon. Finding and creating your path in life is hard. We need support, community and empowerment to find out what we really want from life. Pressure to 'succeed' and get ourselves on a path means that it's so easy to get sucked in. Many of these professionals sat next to me had mortgages and children. Escaping the life that they had felt pushed into was seriously high risk.
Outside of the university bubble, the developed world is in the middle of a career revolution. London, Berlin, New York...it's happening. The community is growing. Stories, ideas and dreams are being exchanged. We're coming together, standing up and we're creating change. The Cool Graduate is so excited to be leading the way for graduates to be part of this exciting revolution.