It is now the 13th October and all of the final year university students have probably enjoyed your last fresher’s week and are suffering in bed, laden down by at least four or five assignments by now. If you are reading this, you are definitely procrastinating, but that is OK, it might come in useful.
So, for my second blog post, I thought I would tell you the five things I would have wanted to know two years ago in my final year of university.
First things first, get a Twitter account and more importantly, a LinkedIn account. Although it takes some time setting up, the more you put in the more you get out, raising your profile should be on the top of your list.
- Get your dissertation done ASAP. There is nothing worse than trying to get the most important piece of work done (and usually the most weighted module) in time alongside studying for exams in some six months’ time. Get one step ahead!
- THE PARTYS CAN WAIT – within reason. Dare I say, you have the rest of your life to go out and party, make every minute count and celebrate when you can without spending the whole of your last year in the library.
- Think of that question when you go for interviews “What grade did you get at university?” Be proud of what you get. A first-class honours can mean as much to someone as a 2:2!
- If you are not ready to settle down into your career once you’ve graduated, thats OK, go travelling. You have the rest of your lives to have a career. But if you were like me and wanted to have the career immediately, visit the Lamma show in January with your C.V to speak to potential employers.
- When you are in the moment and don’t see the £9k a year going towards your education, trust me, when you start working you do. I know it is ‘just a piece of paper’ or ‘it’s not about what you know it’s who you know’ but make the course debt, overdrafts for copious amounts of snake bite (which is cider, beer and blackcurrant for those who don’t know) worth it. The big topic of conversation amongst university friends these days is “we had it so easy” “can we go back” and “I miss not having responsibilities” so make the most of it.
Basically, don’t be too hard on yourself and make the most of it, oh and…
Carpe diem (one of my favourite sayings)