Tips On Nerding It Out In Your Final Year

Your final year of university is often the most important part of your three or four years. You’ll want to make the most of your final year of student hood and that all starts with structuring your time to make sure you can fit in all your responsibilities. While your first couple of years might have had more nights out than time studying, things are about to change; final year is when the pressure really starts to build, not only in terms of your workload but also in terms of finding that all important job.

Time Management
If you’ve been good at managing your time at university, then this will come as less of a shock to the system. However, if you’ve always had good intentions but never followed through, this is your last chance. Make sure you set out a good work diary to structure all your reading and assignments, and make sure not to leave everything until the last minute.

You’ll have been at university for a couple of years now so hopefully you’ll know how you work best, whether that’s during the day in the library or even late at night. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it – make sure your work time is distraction free as well. You’ll probably find that nights out will stop once people’s workload starts to build, so be sure to use this extra time wisely.

Final year might be when you take over executive society or sports roles, and these will of course be high up on your priorities list. If you’re a Captain, Exec member or have any position of responsibility then you’ll need to manage your time even better. Set aside an hour or so every day or a couple of times a week to sort all your responsibilities – this is great experience for your CV so be sure to make the most of it.

Finding a Job
One of the biggest pressures on final year students is finding that elusive job at the end of your university career. This is what your three or four years have been building up to, so make sure you get started early.

Book a careers appointment to go through interview techniques and to help brush up your CV. Find work experience during the holidays. Make the most of all the career events your university will offer. If there’s a company you’re interested in, be sure to find out if they’re visiting your campus for a presentation – go along, make notes, and be sure to have a chat to see if they’re the company for you.

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Graduate scheme applications often take up as much time as studying. Make lists of opening dates and deadlines and be sure to complete applications for a range of different companies – if nothing else, the application experience will help. Don’t just stick to the most obvious employers but do your legwork; you might just find a company that’s the perfect fit.

The essence of your final year is time management and juggling all your different responsibilities. Your days of student life might not be over, but now’s the time to buckle down and get on with the hard work. The effort you put in now will mean you get more out of your final year – and that can make all the difference.

This article was penned on behalf of OCVC.

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