Welcome to 2016! With it being the start of a new year, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and talk to you about my goals for the upcoming year.
Last year I had fun. I began one hell of an adventure in Florida, explored Edinburgh, Amsterdam, London, Malta, and many places in the States. I climbed Snowdon and won my fair share of pots at rowing regattas. But this year I want to work at my work, and prepare for graduation. I’m only just beginning the second semester of my year abroad, so luckily I still have a bit more time (as compared to a lot of my third year friends!) before I’m forced into the real world. But judging by how fast my first two years flew past, I know that the day I put on my cap and gown will be here before I know it.
In my opinion, the key is experience. Yes, you have your degree and all the different environments it has exposed you to to display your skills, but everyone applying for graduate jobs has something similar. An internship or placement can put you ahead of the pack. If you’re hoping to get something over the summer, the careers service at Leicester has a helpful path you can follow with plenty of advice. It’s likely that if you’re at UoL you’ve encountered them before in one of your lectures (that you may or may not have attended) and will no doubt be seeing them again.
The path is pretty extensive, and broad enough to be well suited to graduates of every department from STEM subjects to humanities. Every time I have encountered them they could not have been more helpful, nor more polite. I’d definitely recommend that you take them up on anything they have to offer.
But before you go off to ask them for all this help, you need to decide where you want to go and what you want to do. I empathise with this as I am at this stage right now. I took the three sciences and maths at A-level because I wanted to keep my options open, but now is the time I really do need to specify. I’m so interested in many aspects of my degree that I had not been able to choose, which affects not only the type of internships I’d apply for but what modules I would take in my final year, too.
However I have now made a decision and I’m eager to make things happen. To do this I will need to work on my other goal and reduce my procrastination. It seems like a tall order, however a simple idea I started trying in mid-November appears to be working for me. Merely writing a to-do list of things I need to get done that day (not just of work, but including training, lectures, doing a food shop etc) helps me manage my time more effectively. It’s never anything too ambitious, and I always include things I know I can get done (e.g. lectures and training) so that I have some things I can already cross off my list to get the ball rolling. If you have the same goal, you have nothing to lose by trying this! Or if you have any other tips for beating procrastination, I’d love to read them in the comments below (as are other readers, I’m sure).
Until next time!