It’s the last day of April and it is just dawning on me what the next month brings…
📝 I’ll have finished all 4 of my exams, which means I will have technically finished university and will just be awaiting the results.
🏡 I’ll have moved out of student accommodation and back home.
👯♀️ Moving home means I will be saying bye to my university friends, some who I’ve lived with, which will be strange not knowing when I’ll next be seeing them.
🇳🇱 I will have visited Amsterdam with my boyfriend and friends to celebrate end of exams.
🧡 I will have said goodbye to some GSK colleagues as I’ve ended my dissertation with them and will be moving away from where their offices are.
🇬🇷 I will be having another holiday with my boyfriend to Greece, ending on the last day of May and wrapping up what I presume will be a weird, yet wonderful month!
It’s strange to think that I have no more lectures left… a week and a half until exams start!
Better get back to the books 🤓
Today is the day I start full-time revision for my final year exams… in just over a month I will have completely finished university! The time has flown past.
Something I have learnt, is to give myself a break when I’ve reached a deadline or need to balance out what I am doing. Having a break and stepping away from what you need to do is often beneficial to what you are able to then achieve. It’s hard to not procrastinate for too long… especially with Netflix rolling onto the next episode in a series for you! But treating yourself to a break is only a good thing 🙂
So I took a week off last week, I saw a lot of family, went on a mini break to Copenhagen with my boyfriend, and watched many films!
And now… tea fuelled revision!
Graduating in 2018 brings mixed feelings but is exciting, I am a person who likes to know and plan where their next step is. So the thought of leaving with a university degree, no more mainstream education to complete, without knowing where I’ll be working and living is a scary thought for me.
I used the same strategy that I used to achieve my industrial placement, apply early. Before your time gets taken up with university work and Christmas etc, apply for placements and graduate schemes in September and October. This way you have the time to sit down and really impress a company with your application and then proceed to sit back and wait for the congratulations or unfortunate rejections.
Applying for graduate schemes is repetitious, all of the job specifications end up blurring into one until you start hearing back from companies. There isn’t anything better than receiving that email from the company you’re aiming for, informing you that you’ve been successful. I am fortunate to be in a position after receiving several rejections, that I’m starting to attend assessment centres. I am one of those strange people who enjoy face-to-face interviews because I love being able to understand and see how people are reacting to what I’m saying. That being said, I’m still nervous because of how much weight this holds for my future.
Without being cliché, the best advice is to be yourself throughout your applications, it may be easy to think that if you exaggerate your abilities it will get you further but then you’ll just end up putting yourself in a position that you don’t want to be in.
The right company is out there for me, and I just have to explore all my options until I find a perfect match.
In my personal life, everything is great at the moment, I couldn’t ask for a more supportive friend and family community around me, both in and outside of university. I like to surround myself with a wide range of ambitious, talented and driven people; and am proud of what my childhood and university friends are achieving in their lives. In particular, I am very proud of how much my boyfriend has achieved this year from graduating Brunel University with a degree in Aviation Engineering, to recently being accepted into flying school as an easyJet cadet. Having such positive people around me really encourages me to want to do my best also, I believe that is important to being successful.