So, you’re preparing to go into your final year of varsity next year? Here are just a few things we think you should know.
Campus isn’t the “real world”
You’ve probably heard this a few times before, but we can’t stress enough how different campus life is in comparison to the working world. While you’re at varsity, you can decide which lectures to skip, pick which days you want to study, and there’s plenty of time to link up with friends. Once you graduate and commit to a job, your work contract dictates when you should and shouldn’t be at work, you’re not going to have a lot of time to hang out with your mates and you’re going to have to learn to interact with your colleagues and superiors in a professional manner. It’s not all doom and gloom, though, there are lots of perks that come with working, too - like being financially independent, meeting new people and gaining invaluable experience.
Work on landing that internship
You often hear about entry level jobs that require you to have work experience, which is a huge challenge for someone who’s been at varsity for 4 or more years. While this may not seem fair, there are ways for you to get work experience while you’re studying. One way is to apply for internships or part-time jobs early in the year so that you’ve already got some experience to show when you apply for permanent work after school.
Acquire another skill
Whether you do an online course, work as a temp somewhere, or do some volunteer work, it’s always good to acquire skills outside of your qualification. Your first employer is going to want to see what you’re capable of and whether you’ve got the hard and soft skills to start working, so make sure you’re involved in some kind of project where you’re building your skillset while at varsity.
Make time for career expos
Your campus probably has some kind of graduate recruitment programme going on, so make sure you’re in the know about all the different expos and events they’re hosting, as well as any opportunities they might be offering. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there by asking questions, taking people’s details and getting in touch with people who may be able to give you a work opportunity.
Live in the present
We know that thinking about the future and what to do after tertiary can be pretty overwhelming, but trust us, things will work out. So don’t forget to live in the present, enjoy the time you’ve got left at varsity and live your best campus life while you can because no amount of worrying will help you pass your modules or secure that job later on.
Whether you’re already in your final year or preparing for it, it’s good to know what your options are and to start getting ready for life after varsity. We hope these tips have been helpful, and if you’ve got any questions, be sure to send us a message.