Happy New Year everyone – sorry for my lack of blogs recently, I have been away from home and also busy for most of the Christmas holidays.
One of the things I did during the holidays that I thought I’d write about when I got the chance was my application to study a Masters Degree program. In third year there is a big emphasis on what you’re going to do with your future and if you have applied for jobs/further education. Surprisingly there aren’t too many people that I know of who are applying for further education – the majority of people are searching for jobs at the moment. But both of these are very time-consuming, as each application needs to be specific to the job/program being applied for, which is an added stress we could probably all be doing without when the work load has already stepped up in third year!
Another difficult thing is deciding first what you actually want to do. A couple of my friends have known what they want to do for a while, so had a direction to follow – but most of the rest of us are pretty unsure (or were at the beginning of the year at least). Something which partly helps is a compulsory second year module called Workplace Geographies. This module makes you do research into the different job sectors available, so it starts to get you thinking – and my advice would definitely be to make the most of the time to research what jobs you’d be interested then, because it would save you doing it again in third year! Also, part of the module assessment was to write a CV and cover letter for a real graduate job in a geographical field – following this, the recruiters who had advertised the jobs came in to interview you for it, which I thought was really good as interview practice.
But back to the Masters Degree application – the reason I’m writing about it is because it brought back memories of my UCAS applications for an undergraduate course – particularly writing a personal statement. The one for this course was a maximum of 2,500 words so longer than the UCAS one (if I remember correctly) but it brought back the same feelings of “what is a personal statement supposed to be like?” and “what do I write?!” as I felt before. But I eventually wrote and submitted it so now I have the anxious feelings of hoping I get accepted because the process is now completely out of my hands, as it was when I applied for my undergraduate degree. So I just wanted to say good luck to everyone who has applied to the University of Leicester this year and I hope your application went well.