If you’re in your final year of university, first year probably feels like a faraway dream under the giant workload, dissertation drafts and of course not being able to go out every night. You have to start thinking about life after graduation, but still make the most of your time before you have to start adulting. Here are three things to help you out in your final year:
Know what you want
With looming deadlines and a shed load of reading to do, thinking about a job post-graduation is not a priority for many students. It may feel overwhelming picking the right career but there is help available. If your university has an employability service… use it. Book an appointment and an adviser will go through your CV, edit it, help you understand your strengths, and if you have specific career in mind, they can help hone your skills.
Another thing you can do is look for internships in your prospective industry, and you don’t even have to wait till graduation to intern. Interning is a great way to get some experience on your CV and set yourself apart from competition. Websites such as graduate talent pool and magnet.me are great places to get some ideas.
Network, network, network
There won’t be a single student who hasn’t been told of the great value of networking, and rightly so. Networking with different people across a range of industries and sectors is very useful. Whenever you have a guest lecturer from an industry that you find interesting, connect with them on LinkedIn, send them a message to say you found their talk very interesting, it’s a great way to start off a beneficial connection. You could also speak to your lecturers and tutors to see if they could give you some useful connections related to your career field. Tutors are there to help you, they will be more than willing to help you out.
Take some time for yourself
It’s so easy to forget to have a life in your final year and just get stuck in. Even though it feels like everything is piling up and you can’t do anything other than spend the remainder of your university days staring at the library walls, this isn’t the case. It’s important to find the right balance between working hard and taking care of yourself. You could spend your day in the library and then take some time for yourself in the evening, either blowing off steam on a night out or maybe binge watching your favourite series on Netflix. It is important to remember that if you feel overworked, stressed and exhausted, it will reflect in your work. Taking some time to recharge is key to feeling motivated and focused.
These tips are a guideline to ensure you make the most of your final year and that you don’t feel overwhelmed when you graduate. But remember that it’s okay to not be on top of your game all the time. Take some time out and don’t wait until after Christmas to start your dissertation, no matter how tempting.