Every time I have to introduce myself these days I keep having to mention that I am a third year. My final year, it still seems so unreal even though it’s been weeks. And if anything was to jolt me into reality, it was the Third Year Welcome Talk. As if being a final year student wasn’t enough pressure, I now have to worry about my future as clearly stated by the head of department.
This is the time where we have to either apply for graduate roles or for further study. Either way, it is a busy time to be a finalist. Luckily enough if graduate roles are your chosen path, then we have a dedicated Career Development Service. The recently passed Festival of Careers was a great way to meet employers and find out more about graduate schemes from different companies. However, if you missed that you still have other options. The Career Development Service still has a lot more to offer you. They are running a bunch of workshops to prepare you for the road ahead including interview skills workshop, psychometric workshop and skills session. All you have to do is book yourself a space on the My Careers website.
If you are like me and are considering further study first before you tackle the job industry, then you also have a lot of support. Starting first with your personal tutor. If you are a third year and still do not know who your personal tutor is you better act fast. Your personal tutor will come in very handy to supply you with a reference. I am really glad I kept in close contact with my personal tutor over the years, it’s really paying off now. Note to first years: be extra friendly to your personal tutor, you are going to need them!
And on top of all this extra work we still have to be good students and maintain good grades. I really miss being a fresher 🙁 All the best to all the final year students out there, no matter what path you choose!