Five pieces of advice I wish I was given in my final year of uni

February 08, 2017
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The start of 2017 is the final countdown for many of you. I’m not going to lie to you, this year will be toughest yet. But you haven’t come all this way to fail at the last hurdle! So stop sobbing and take some advice that will help you finish your final year successfully.

Take care of yourself

Your final year will undoubtedly be a stressful one. The assignments are harder, the word count is higher and there’s no excuse for sloppy referencing. However, by now you should know that caffeine-fuelled late nights and irregular meals do more harm than good. In your final year, you don’t want to remember cramming all night and constantly being on the verge of a breakdown. Take a break to make yourself an actual meal instead of another coffee and look after your body with some yoga or go for a walk.

Make the most of every experience

This is your last chance to join any clubs, go to uni parties and enjoy those student discounts while you can. You don’t realise all the opportunities you have until they’re gone, so make sure you make the most of all the cool things your uni has to offer. Talk to your lecturers more, because soon you won’t have them there to help you so easily. Ask them for any advice about getting jobs in your field, ask what you can improve on. They are there to help you succeed, so use them!

Find a way to get organised

It’s never too late for this one! If you’re still realising halfway through season five of Breaking Bad that you have an assignment due in a few hours, then something obviously needs to change. Not only will organising make your uni life so much easier, you can take those organisational skills into the work force when you graduate. Try not to skip many lectures this year – imagine studying all this time only to fail because of attendance! In the adult world, you can’t just skip a day at the office without reason, so why should uni be any different? Learn these organisational skills early and it will prepare you for when you graduate.

Get work experience

Easier said than done, right? But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. When you graduate, odds are you aren’t going to go into your dream job right away, and you’ll find you will have to do more things for free. Internships are not paid work, but they are valuable, marketable and a way to grow your network.

Offering your valuable time for free is sucky because you just studied this field for three years – don’t you already know enough? The answer is no! There’s so much more for you to learn out there in the playing field. Before you were just a spectator, now you’re a real player and all the rules are different. You need to learn the ropes and yes, sometimes that means doing it all for free. Suck it up buttercup!

Start applying for jobs months in advance

By the time jobs get back to you, it could be months later! So wipe the cobwebs off those resumes and start distributing. And don’t limit yourself, apply everywhere. Even if you think there’s no way you’re going to get a job at this place because you’re too inexperienced, not good enough etc. you will never know until you try! The big wide world will soon be your oyster, and there’s nothing you can’t do. Get those dollars boo!

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon.

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