You’re almost a graduate and you’re so close to entering the working world and kick-starting your career. But wait. It’s not over just yet! Believe it or not, your final year at varsity is just as important – if not more so – than the years that came before. Here are some tips for making it count.
Get a reality check
Much as you might love your off-campus student accommodation and student life, campus life is not ‘real’ life.
You know how you get to pick and choose which lectures to skip, which assignments to hand in, and what outfit to rock up in every morning? Well, the working world is completely different. Your boss probably won’t be quite as forgiving when you only submit half of your day’s tasks, or when you turn up to the office still in your pyjama pants. Use your final year as an opportunity to take yourself and your studies more seriously in preparation for what’s to come.
Maximise your prospects
Do some research into how to make your CV stand out long before you’re ready to send it out to potential employers. For example, you might want to sign up for some charity or volunteer work, do your best to score an internship, or apply for a part-time job to rack up some valuable work experience before you actually need it.
Live in the moment
It’s easy to take the laid-back nature of student life for granted until it’s no longer your reality. Try to slow down this year and really soak it all up. Enjoy every lecture, every lunchtime spent in the cafeteria with your friends, every late-night study session. Rest assured that you’ll look back on these experiences with fondness in 10 years from today!
Get serious about your final year at varsity
Take your future career into your hands and do everything possible to prepare yourself to break into your chosen industry. Take action to acquire relevant new skills, visit career expos, and do your utmost to find a mentor who can guide you throughout those crucial first years when starting out as a professional. LinkedIn is a fantastic resource for getting the latter right!
Most importantly, stay focused and relaxed. It’s your final year and it’s exciting to know that you have your whole life ahead of you to put your degree to good use. Cheers to you!