The Final Year Panic

Sleeping in until 2pm when your lecture starts at three, getting ridiculously drunk on a Tuesday and procrastinating over your washing are probably some of the things that should be coming to an end in May.

If you are a final year undergraduate, experiencing the new panic setting in, your predictable friendly and comfortable bubble is about to popped.

Soon you will come plummeting down in to reality and most importantly, the real world.

As I’m sure you are aware, the student life unfortunately does not last forever but it ending should not completely horrify you.

Endings are new beginnings and you should feel optimistic about the new opportunities out there for you to take.

Don’t wait for them to come to you. Some of them of course will, but the best ones you must seek out and often fight for.

For some students it will be hard to imagine what they are going to do after university ends. You may not have even a vague idea of what you want out of this next chapter in your life.

Feeling this way is completely understandable as you have been in full time education since you had your first dreams of what you wanted to be.

It might be a bit late now to become that astronaut and if you weren’t born in to royalty, I doubt being a princess is on the cards either.

Now is your chance to explore your options. You could be feeling that a break from education is very much needed and that you would like to earn a bit of money.

Head of Communications, James Thornhill offers expertise advice specifically for shiny new graduates at The Big Choice Group. Their mission is to empower young grads and to help them with their next steps in to the real world.

He said, “If you definitely have no idea of what career you want do pursue, I would say that gaining experience is vital.”

“A degree is not enough anymore as employers look for more rounded candidates with real-world experiences.”

“At university you will have had opportunities to find things you are passionate about through societies and it is key to make sure you are getting involved after graduation.”

“Whether this is blogging about your interests, volunteering or working abroad to help fund travels it all looks good on a CV and might help you uncover what it is you want to do.”

He continues, “If you have a solid idea of a career the key is to be seen to be active in that area. If you want to be a journalist, have a blog, be seen to write.”

“If apprenticeships are available to continue learning and open a door into a sector look at those, or [you can] increase your employability with a postgraduate course.”
If you’re reading and still thinking that these options are not what you are looking for then the key is to be open to embrace change.
James says, “but don’t panic about not knowing exactly what you want to do for a career, keep exploring the options and showing yourself to be productive and the right thing will come forward.”

You may be thinking “I already knew that”. You know it deep down but we all still have that hope that when you go for your first interview, the interviewer will stop half way and say “that’s it, we’ve found them!”

You’d hope they’d say it as they usher the other applicants out of the doors while your stood there beaming in your best Primark suit.

It’s highly unlikely but there are still perks of trying to enter the professional working world. You can try to network to gain contacts; most people are willing to help other people out.

why not go to such events such as careers fairs and talks? They offer you the people who are already connected.

They are always helpful because you are able to establish new routes you can take which you had not thought about before.

Always try to search for new openings and perhaps think more deeply about applying for graduate schemes – there are tons.

There’s no greater way of showing commitment and dedication than working in a selection of different departments and moving all around the country or even going abroad with a company.

You must be prepared, however, to move away to seek out the best opportunity for you.

Perhaps with this comes the option of travel. This would be a good decision to make if you are still not sure on what is best for you.

Travelling will allow you to grow as a person and experience things you will probably never get to experience before.

Jen Jedda is a travel writer and blogger and runs the successful blog, ‘One Girls Adventures’. She believes that everyone must experience travelling at one stage in their lifetime.

She comments on how the world is the best place to start if you are unsure on where you are heading in life. It’s a great opportunity to learn different cultures and meet new people.

You do not have to go travelling for a long period either if that is what puts you off but being a student you should be familiar with the idea of living away from home.

It’s always a great option but it does require some proper thought and investment so it can be something you could work towards and treat yourself with.

The last piece of advice I would give is to make the most of the your universities services while you still can. Use your career hub and book appointments to speak with careers advisors.

The information is free and available and you may not get the chance to take such valuable advice may  never come again.

Writer and entrepreneur Anthony J. D’Angelo once said that to “Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant”.

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